Sunday, October 28, 2012

Interveiw with Jeff Goins the author of Wrecked

 
Anyone who knows me, knows that I am  fantasy writer. Make believe and the fantastical, that's my thing, but a few weeks ago I had the opportunity to interview one of the most interesting and humble people I have ever ever come across. His name is Jeff Goins, the author of Wrecked.
I would like everyone to welcome one of the most influential bloggers of our time, Jeff Goins. How influential you ask? As of today, Jeff has well over ten thousand followers and was voted one of the top ten bloggers in 2011. Not bad huh?

Today Jeff is here to tell us about his new book, Wrecked.
 
Hello Jeff. Thanks for stopping by. Tell us a little about yourself.

Hey Virginia. Thanks for having. A few quick facts about me:
  • I live in Tennessee but am originally from Illinois.
  • I won the sixth grade spelling bee (winning word was "acquiescence").
  • I work for a nonprofit.
  • I've written my whole life but only recently started calling myself a writer.
  • I've been married for almost five years, and my wife and I just had a baby.
  • I've released a couple of eBooks and just came out with my first traditionally-published book.
  • I'm pretty much an expert at homemade guacamole.
 
I know that two of your books, Every Writers Dream and Before Your first Book are books aimed at the craft of writing but today you are here to talk about your new book Wrecked. What is Wrecked about and how is it changing lives?

Wrecked is about the life we're afraid to live: a life that is focused on serving others. We all are creatures of comfort, but it's only when we give up our addiction to comfort do we truly find our purpose. The message seems to be resonating with people who long to live a story bigger than themselves.
 
What changes in your life compelled you to write this book?

A couple significant shifts happened in my life in my early twenties.

The first was when I was in Spain and encountered a homeless person for the first time. I had   seen homeless people before, but never really paid them much attention.

In Spain, that all changed: I met a guy named Micah, took him out to dinner, and he changed me life. When we were eating at McDonald's, he told me I was the only one who stopped, that he'd been standing on the street corner for months and I was the only one who took the time to stop. That wrecked me.

After that experience, I often wondered when encountered a need: "Is this another situation where I could be the only one who will do something?" It placed a greater burden on me to do something. What followed after that were a series of situations that continued to shape me (which I discuss in the book), but it all began with Micah.
 
What does Jeff Goins see for his future?

Hmmm... I feel compelled to answer this in the third person, but that just feels a little too self-indulgent. :)

I hope to keep writing words that move people and make a difference. If I get to keep doing that, I'll be happy. I also have a few ideas for some live events and experiences I hope to put into action over the next few years.
 
Thank you Jeff for stopping by and sharing this book that has changed so many people. Your passion for people is admiral and humbling. We wish you all the best.
 
My pleasure, Virginia. Thanks for having me!
 
For more information about Jeff's 5 star book, please check out the links below: