It’s Meet the Author Monday! Each week we meet a new author and get to know a little about them, their writing process, publishing experience, and tips for other writers. Today we’re talking to Peri Scott, author of We Can Save The World: …but there’s no money in it.
About Peri Scott:
Peri is a Canadian author who writes about money and our relationship to it. He believes that our beliefs and habits around money need to be refined beyond what our parents may or may not have taught us. He is an entrepreneur, musician, hockey-dad, and telecom executive.
About We Can Save The World:
Have you ever wondered why it is so hard to make ends meet? Stretching your pay check to the end of the month seems to always be a struggle. Why do so many people feel this way?
Is the system rigged?
Is it broken?
Explore the reasons why poverty and strife are so common and financial abundance is so rare.
Let’s get the discussion going on how to fix this and allow everyone to prosper.
Author Interview with Peri Scott:
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- Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
My first two books go well as a set as the second book is a compilation of things I felt I should have included in my first book. I may even release them as a set in the future. My latest book stands on its own as it is a bit of a departure from my previous books. I am really proud of it and I feel I am finally starting to find my voice.
- What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I spend months researching my books (especially my latest one). I am a voracious reader and every time I read something that is thought-provoking or slightly profound, I immediately highlight/bookmark it and enter it in my notes. I am not consciously “writing a book” at all times, but I collect tidbits of information and ideas and they tend to be the building blocks of my next work.
- How many hours a day do you write?
I write books as a hobby while still working full-time and living a pretty normal life. So I tend to write in the evenings and weekends. As I build my books over time from bullet-points to full sentences I can take my time and think about them. I have no deadlines so I don’t feel much pressure.
- Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I do read my book reviews and I hate it. I am very emotional and I am overjoyed when someone likes my work and devastated when they don’t. I know that I should have a thicker skin, but that is just me. But I truly believe that what I am writing about is important so I would never be dissuaded by someone who didn’t resonate with my message.
- Does your family support your career as a writer?
My family are incredible people and I am very blessed to have supportive, loving and smart people around me. They support me and are very encouraging. My family are my reason for living.
- What inspired you to start writing?
My first book was a result of having a really good idea that I felt compelled to share with anyone who would listen. It just burst out of me, and I wrote it very quickly. I never intended to be an author, I just needed to get the idea out in the world before I exploded! I was lucky enough to have it be well received and it made me realize I might have something valuable to share with the world.
- How do you handle writer’s block?
I have not experienced writer’s block so far, but perhaps because I write non-fiction I don’t need to be super creative in order to put down something on paper that drives home my point. I feel like I am just passing on information that I have in my mind vs. trying to be entertaining or super original.
- Do you write listening to music? If so, what music inspired or accompanied this current book?
I find music distracting as I am a musician and I am prone to “active-listening” to most music. When I do write to music it is instrumental music without words. I enjoy neo-classical guitar music or Pink Floyd when I am writing.
- What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?
I really admire and respect Brian Tracy. He has been a huge influence on my life in general. I have read many of his books and listened to his programs. I find his work inspiring and very practical. He is someone that I aspire to be like. His body of work is impressive and he covers a wide array of subjects that are meaningful to me.