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What does a normal day look like for you?
Generally I’ll get up and try to do some exercise – that might be surfing or the gym, depending on how early the sun comes up. Then it’s a shuffle getting the kids breakfast and off to school.
Once the house is quiet I’ll do a quick 10-minute meditation session and jump straight into creative work. The first 2 hours is writing whatever book/screenplay I have on the go. After that, the rest of the day is spent on copywriting work for the different brands I do contract stuff for – that could be Lululemon, Billabong, Balter, Bellroy or someone else depending on which day of the week it is.
That’s a fairly standard day – assuming I’m not traveling or promoting a new book. Things are pretty flexible, which is how I like it.
What have been some high notes (highlights) in your journey?
Having success with my first novel series Hellbound was pretty neat. It was an interesting process going through pitching it to Netflix, Amazon, Apple and others with some really cool people. Even though it didn’t get picked up in the end, it was a highlight in terms of learning and seeing the inside of an industry I’m interested in.
When my latest book If Kisses Cured Cancer hit the top 10 best sellers on Amazon Australia, that was a big high as well.
What have been some low notes (challenges) in your journey?
When my wife was diagnosed with brain cancer that was pretty low. It’s been a battle for the last 7-8 years, but there have been some golden moments in between along the way – you learn more about yourself and others in tough times.
How does music keep you motivated?
A friend of mine once said that ‘music heals all emotions’. I think that’s pretty bang on. But music fuels all emotions as well. It heightens everything I do. Think about how flat movies would be with no soundtrack. Music adds life.
Another big one is just hearing an artist hit a crazy note, or nail a verse, which always makes me think ‘god, there are so many talented people in this world’. I like that.
When things get tough, which songs do you turn to for inspiration/motivation?
It depends on the hurdle I’m facing. If I feel like I need to cheer up, I’ll listen to something like Jamming by Bob Marley or Valerie by Amy Winehouse/Mark Ronson. If I need to get amped to tackle something I’ve been putting off, I’ll put on Tool or something heavier. Roll Up Your Sleeves by Meg Mac is another less metal one that helps me just get on with it.
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What tips can you share for writing engaging content?
Always frame things by how it can make people’s lives better in some way. If whatever you’re writing about doesn’t do that, it’s probably not worth writing about. As Steven Pressfield would say ‘nobody wants to read your shit’. People’s time is precious. If you’re going to take some of that time, do your best to reward them with some humour, insight or at least make it short, simple and easy to understand.
What advice can you give for those interested in becoming an author?
Write. You have no idea how many people I’ve had say to me ‘I’ve always wanted to write a book’. Well, for god’s sake, start fucking writing it! It will be terrible, like everything is at the start. But, you can’t get good at anything without practice, so set a routine and sit down frequently and write about something. Then, see above.
What’s currently playing on your Spotify?
At this moment, it’s Loverman by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
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