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7 Questions With an Author: Jeff Goins – Wrecked

Blogger and bestselling author – Jeff Goins

It’s been a while since my last installment of this particular feature “7 Questions With an Author…” where I ask the same questions to various published authors.

I’m thrilled about today’s post because it features my good friend Jeff Goins.

He’s a new dad and a musician but he’s also got one of the fastest-growing blogs on the plant – www.goinswriter.com – as well as several books under his belt.

His latest book – Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into Your Comfortable Life – was released two days ago and it’s already an Amazon bestseller, it ended the day yesterday at #30 of overall books sold on Amazon.

Just so you know, Amazon has more than 28 million different titles it sells.

Jeff graciously and generously asked me to write an endorsement for the published edition – which has already gone into a second printing!

Here are “7 Questions With an Author: Jeff Goins”

1. Tell us about your book?

Wrecked is a book about the life we’re afraid to live—one full of radical sacrifice and selfless service. It’s a look at how we discover fulfillment in the least likely of places: where pain and discomfort are found.

It’s a guide for growing up and learning to live in the tension between the next adventure and our everyday commitments. We all need to be wrecked, to allow the pain of a broken world to slam into our comfortable lives—and let it change us.
2. What led you to write it?
For years, I helped missionaries tell their stories. And I kept hearing the same thing after people would come back from life-changing trips: they were wrecked. Ruined. Changed for good. And was this always easy? Never. But it was good. As I began to share these stories, I heard other people tell me similar things.
Apparently, this wasn’t just for people who dedicated part of their lives to serving the less fortunate in the developing world. Entrepreneurs and artists and restaurant owners have also been wrecked. This idea that life is bigger than you and your own little story—well, it’s pretty contagious.
3. Who is a writer that inspires you and why?
I love Chesterton, because he took a creative, literary approach to logic and philosophy. He debated and dialogued with some of the best and wasn’t afraid of being a little weird. But in his eccentricities (the dude wore a CAPE!), he would subversively sneak in a bit of truth on you.
4. What was the biggest challenge you faced writing this book?
Beginning it. That was the hardest part. The second was finishing. The third was all the stuff in between. Honestly, it was all kind of hard. For months, it was merely a good idea. It didn’t become a real book until I started showing up and writing every day. No matter what, no excuses.
5. What advice would you give to an aspiring writer?
A writer writes. If you call yourself a writer, and you’re not writing, you’re kidding yourself. If you write and refuse to call yourself a writer, you’re also kidding yourself. Start telling the truth.
6. Where do you get your ideas?
Ideas come from everywhere. That’s not the hard part for me. Capturing them is. Whenever an idea comes, I try to capture it: in a notebook, on my phone, wherever.
7. Anything that you’d like readers to know that I haven’t asked?
I can’t wait for The Hobbit! [EdiTOR’s note: in case you were unaware, Peter Jackson who directed the blockbuster Lord of the Rings trilogy is currently finishing up work on a live-action version of The Hobbit that’s due in theaters this December].
I highly recommend this book, you can read my review of it here.
Jeff is offering a special deal for anyone who buys his book within the next 48 hours. He’ll give you access to $158 worth of information products for FREE details are here.
If you want to buy it from Amazon, disregard its note that they’re “temporarily out of stock” they have plenty on hand.
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  1. Thanks, Tor!

  2. Great interview! On the next book cover Jeff should wear a cape.

  3. Jeff, I think I’ve sufficiently told you elsewhere that I look forward to reading the book. What do you think about The Hobbit now going to be a trilogy?

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