Interview with Don J Goewey

October, 2009
Don J. Goewey

Quick Start

SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

DG: I love my life and the people in it

SS: What is your motto or maxim?

DG: Be the change you want to see in the world

What Readers want to know...

SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?

DG: Perfect happiness is loving life just the way it is. It is the affirmation and acceptance of the man or woman you are and are becoming, encompassing the whole of you—your failures and successes, your strengths and weaknesses, your joys and sorrows, your positive qualities and those that are not so positive. "Perfect happiness" is a sense of perfection emerging from the imperfections. It is an authentic moment in which the authentic person that is you is felt by you, opens wide in you, and is welcomed into the heart of all that is. Five seconds of this feeling is enough to transform a life.

SS: What’s your greatest fear?

DG: Paralysis

SS: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

DG: Fully present, here and now, wherever I happen to be

SS: With whom in history do you most identify?

DG: Abrham Lincoln and his struggle to transcend his times

SS: Which living person do you most admire?

DG: Nelson Mandela

SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?

DG: "Which" (I have to go for "which hunts" after writing)

SS: What do you regret most?

DG: Not buying Mircosoft stock when it was first issued

SS: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

DG: Singing and playing the guitar

SS: What is your greatest achievement?

DG: My children and grandchildren

SS: What’s your greatest flaw?

DG: Being fearful and unloving

SS: What’s your best quality?

DG: Being fearless and unconditonally loving

SS: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

DG: Internally quiet, fully present and joyfully at peace

SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?

DG: I'm friendly and I care

SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?

DG: Zorba the Greek

SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?

DG: Darth Vadar

SS: If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

DG: Jesus of Narzareth. I would ask him for a hug.

SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?

DG: That there's still no playoff system in college football

SS: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

DG: Working with people

SS: What’s your fantasy profession?

DG: Poet

SS: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

DG: Inner peace, empathy, and excelling at whatever I do

SS: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

DG: The green smoothie my daughter makes

SS: What are your 5 favorite songs?

DG: Most everything written by Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Stevie Wonder

General Questions

SS: What is your birthdate?

DG: 5/21

SS: What were your previous occupations?

DG: Director of psycho-social-spiritual agency that developed a mainstream appraoch to helping people face and shift catastrophic situations. Lead executive at Stanford Univerisity's Department of Psychiatry.

SS: What was/is your favorite job?

DG: Facilitating groups

SS: Where did you go to high school and/or college?

DG: Sequoia High in Redwood City and San Francisco State University

SS: What is your favorite movie?

DG: Milagro Beanfiled War

SS: What is your favorite television show?

DG: House

SS: Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

DG: Beethoven, Mozart, Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, and the Chieftians

Questions About Books and Writing

SS: Who are your favorite authors?

DG: Shakespeare. Then Kazantzakis. Then Ernest Hemingway and Carl Rogers, both of whom ended up on the Modern Library's list of the 100 most important books of the 20th century. They went to high school together in Oak Park IL but were as different as kind is from hard. I deeply love Toni Morrison, Mark Twain, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Holmes, and the poets Yeats, Eliot, Milosz, Heany, Stafford, Seferis, Willaims, Patchen, Vallejo (especially), Paz, Merwin, Stevens, and Oliver. Actually I love anyone who tries to write anything authentic.

SS: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

DG: There is no order to this. They are all equal and this list leaves out a lot: #1. Zorba the Greek, #1. The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald. #1. A Course in Miracles (by the time I die this book will probably be the true #1) #1. Everything by Ernest Hemingway and Mark Twain. And #1. Everything by Toni Morrison

SS: Is there a book you love to reread?

DG: Zorba The Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis

SS: Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

DG: Be prepared to conquer the critic within

SS: What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

DG: Nice things of an appreciative nature

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