Interview with Mike DooleyOctober, 2009
SS: What is your motto or maxim?
MD: Thoughts Become Things... Choose The Good Ones!
SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
MD: An adventure into creativity and fun.
Questions About Books and Writing
SS: Who are your favorite authors?
MD: Ayn Rand, Jane Roberts (The "Seth" Books), Richard Bach.
SS: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
MD: Atlas Shrugged, Illusions, The Prophet, Siddhartha, The Nature of Personal Reality
SS: Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
MD: Only write if you have something you really want to say.
SS: What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
MD: That they can relate to exactly what I'm sharing.
What Readers want to know...
SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?
MD: The feeling I have after having spoken to an appreciative audience.
SS: What’s your greatest fear?
MD: Not being prepared.
SS: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
MD: Here, but you expected me to say that. Second fav place might be London.
SS: With whom in history do you most identify?
MD: Those with high ideals.
SS: Which living person do you most admire?
MD: Richard Branson.
SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?
MD: "Ummmm..." and "Ahhhh......"
SS: What do you regret most?
MD: Those times when I didn't speak my mind or take the initiative, because of self-doubt.
SS: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
MD: To speak other languages, but I'm working on them!
SS: What is your greatest achievement?
MD: Turning away from the corporate world and a large salary, and starting back at zero.
SS: What’s your greatest flaw?
MD: Self doubt.
SS: What’s your best quality?
MD: Courage to dream big and take action in spite of self doubt.
SS: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
MD: I'm being him now.
SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?
MD: Aroma of CAO cigars.
SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?
MD: People who drive who stay in the passing lane.
SS: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
SS: What’s your fantasy profession?
MD: President of the US
SS: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
MD: Integrity, honesty, and the ability to dream of what has not yet been.
SS: What are your 5 favorite songs?
MD: Cannon, Born to Run, American Pie, Bohemian Rhapsody, We Takin' Over
SS: If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
MD: Jesus. "Too bad about them making a religion around your teachings, huh?"
SS: What is your birthdate?
SS: What were your previous occupations?
MD: Landscaping and mowing as a kid. Tax consultant. T-shirt and gift company president.
SS: What was/is your favorite job?
MD: Writing and speaking - what I do now.
SS: Where did you go to high school and/or college?
MD: St. Petersburg and Gainesville, Florida, respectively.
SS: Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
MD: Presently it is Kanye West!
SS: What is your favorite movie?
SS: What is your favorite television show?
MD: Very rarely watch TV, but when I do it is the news or a documentary (or Larry King).
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