Interview with Mike Dooley

October, 2009
Mike Dooley

Quick Start


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?

MD: Tarzan.

SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?

MD: Jaws.

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?

MD: Travel.

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?"


General Questions


SS: What is your birthdate?

MD: 2/1

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?

MD: Casablanca

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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