Topic: Author Interview
1) What three words do you think describe you as a human being?
determined, persistent, committed
2) How do you think others would describe you?
Determined, persistent, committed, loyal, honest, driven, family man, successful, hard working, adventurous, fearless, high achiever, no BS, straight shooter, tough, risk taker
3) Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.
Personally, it's my family and reaching my potential and helping others reach their potential especially youth. Professionally it's reaching my potential and helping others do the same. That can be in my speaking, training, coaching, consulting or my other businesses. I also am passionate about creating things such as new businesses or new projects.
4) Do you have any pets? If so, introduce us to them.
My family has two dogs - Maggie is a Black Poodle and Mojo is a Yellow Lab who is as big as a horse
5) What is your most precious memory?
I am blessed to have so many. So many revolve around my family and also my kids. I coach youth sports and my son and it's incredibly rewarding. I love all the memories our family travels and vacations.
6) What is your most embarrassing memory?
My most embarrassing memory is when I started my business with no liquid cash and having times I had to put things on credit that I should not have and feeling like I had let myself and my family down. In my youth I was a very good basketball player but was cut from the team one year and was in absolute shock because I knew that I was good but I was cut because my off the court behavior had become wild and undisciplined.
7) If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing with your life?
I am blessed that I do so many things. Beyond writing, I am a speaker, trainer, consultant, coach, and entrepreneur. I think I need several outlets for my stimulation. I am fortunate that I am self employed because I think I am virtually unemployable.
8) In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.
A good husband, father, son and person. Mark made a difference for many that he met. He did not die asking for another chance.
9) Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a "real" writer?
When I wrote my first article and submitted it for review to be published and the editor called me all excited and said it was great and wanted me to publish an article every month.
10) What is going on with your writing these days?
I am publishing articles every month. I write a couple of monthly ezines and am starting the process of my new book.
11) What are your future goals for your writing?
I plan to write one book a year or more for the next ten years and continue to write monthly articles and ezines.
12) Can you describe a typical writing day for you?
I write most mornings. Sometimes with my travel and workload I take one day and just write for most of the day.
13) Why do you write?
I enjoy expressing myself. I feel I have valuable information and insight that may benefit others. Writing is also a great creative outlet for me. I also enjoy the feedback I get from my writing. Personally, I think I am English challenged. Nobody would confuse me being a masterful writer with great technical skills. Actually, I am sure my editors have had some great laughs reviewing my work. However, I have been blessed with having wonderful response form my writing. I think people are looking for people to communicate form their hearts and appreciate that more than the technical. Maybe that's a lesson for all politicians.
14) What writer most inspires you? Why?
I can't say I have one favorite author. However, my personal reading tastes are non fiction, biographies, self improvement etc. I love Think and Grow Rich, The Richest Man in Babylon and Psycho Cybernetics had a huge impact on me. My brother gave me that book when I was in middle school and made me read it. Pretty heady stuff at my age but it was impactful.
15) How do you define your writing?
Straight ahead, to the point, conversational, sometimes humorous, politically incorrect
16) In one sentence-what do you want people to say about your writing in fifty years?
I don't hold any pretense that anyone will be saying anything about me or my writings fifty years from now. Moby Dick or War and Peace my writings are not. However, I would be pleased if my writings had made significant impact on someone and maybe a few people would point to works as being timeless in helping someone. I have had many authors and books pointed out to me that I never would have known but a few people spread the news to me and many others. I would like the following sentence. If you want to be successful, you should go back and read Mark Tewart. That would be awesome.
17) Can you tell us where to find more information on you? Website? Blog?
18) Is there a place where readers can reach you?
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call my office at 513 932-9526
19) Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?
How To Be A Sales Superstar - Break All the Rules and Succeed While Doing It is available in bookstores and Amazon and other online retailers. My other books are more of trade specific book, manuals etc. but you can go to http://www.tewart.com/ or http://www.marktewart.com/
20) For new readers-what can they expect when they read your book(s)?
I think they will be surprised when they read a book about sales that they can get so much useful information for not only sales but their businesses and their lives.
21) Take as much space as necessary to speak to our readers-what would you like them to know about you and your writing?
I wrote my book on sales because I grew sick and tired and even upset that I saw so many intelligent and talented people who were not reaching their potential and even failing in sales. I also saw this same frustration in business people, entrepreneurs and people from all walks of life. I felt like I had a message to share that could cut through the clutter and allow people to experience the big successes they desire. I felt that traditional sales training and much of the motivational training was outdated and lacked a base in reality. I wanted people to have usable tools instead of just theory.
I want the people who are the seekers, the ones who are trying to reach success in their lives to have the information to do so.
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