With nearly 20 years’ experience as a minister and motivational speaker, Dr. R. Wayne Swan has dedicated his life and work to the service to others. He is the founder of Crossroads Ministries, an organization focused on helping men connect and develop spiritually and the Chairman of Prison Fellowship Bermuda, an outreach program for inmates and their families. Addressing universal human issues, in Mind Over Mountain Dr. Swan shares a message of courage, hope and faith that will inspire anyone to overcome their obstacles.
Visit his website today: http://drwayneswan.com
BPM: Please share something our readers wouldn’t know about you.
Although I am a new author, I am also a lover of art and paint as a hobby.
BPM: If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Optimist, Believer, and Dependable.
BPM: Is writing your full-time career? How much time do you spend writing?
Writing is not my full time career but when inspired, I usually spend 1 to 2 hours writing a day. I am a Motivational Speaker, Mentor, Life Coach, Entrepreneur & Certified Divorce Coach.
BPM: Tell us about your first published book. What was the journey like?
The Mountain We Climb, is my first book. In 2014, I successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and I journaled my entire experience.
It was not my aim then to write a book about it. But I learned so many life lessons and discovered many things about the human spirit that I thought that my experiences could help someone else. The entire journey from finally deciding to write a book and finding a coach to help me write, to then finding a publisher was for me like “ climbing a mountain.”
The Mountain We Climb is available on Amazon, Kindle and all major bookstores.
BPM: Did you learn anything personal about yourself from writing your book?
I learned that our experiences are not for us alone. Writing my book stretched me and allowed me to be creative in a way which I never dreamed.
BPM: Is writing easy for you? Do you feel lonely being a writer during the creative process?
Writing comes very easy for me when writing my sermons. But writing my book was a challenge. The writing process was not lonely due to the help of my coach Robert Nahas, but there many hours spent in solitude.
BPM: Share one specific point in your book that resonated with your present situation or journey.
In my book, I talk about how important it is to set goals. But equally important we must set out a plan how we are going to achieve them. I write about prioritizing goals.
I have many projects going on at the same time and I have to, in my planning, prioritize what is most important to do right now and make a plan to that and once that has been achieved, then add another one. I divide the big picture or the end goal into smaller manageable action steps.
BPM: What were the key challenges you faced when writing this book?
The key challenges was deciding the sequence of the book, what information should be included or excluded, also the chapter titles.
BPM: What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?
Books by John C. Maxwell, Dr. Myles Munroe and the Bible.
BPM: What was your favorite part and your least favorite part, of the publishing journey?
My least favorite part was the editing and proof reading. Also deciding the best layout and choosing my book cover. My favorite part was when I held the finished copy of my book in my hands.
BPM: Do you have anything special for readers that you’ll focus on this year?
I will be coming to a city near you to hold book events. While I was writing The Mountain We Climb, I also wrote teaching content for book events, workshops, seminars and speaking events.
BPM: Share all of your social media links so that readers can stay connected to you online.
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