Interview with Danny Kofke for AuthorMePro

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APKY/AMP: Hello Danny, and thank you for your interest in AuthorMeProfessionals. Could you please tell us something Danny Kofkeabout yourself and how you came to be a writer. What inspired you to write your first book?

I wrote my first book – How To Survive (and perhaps thrive) On A Teacher’s Salary – at the urging of some of my colleagues.  As a fellow school teacher, many said my wife and I (she was a teacher too) did well with our money and I should detail this in a book.  After waiting a couple of years, I was struck to do so and, after a few months, I found a publisher!

APKY/AMP: Wow, that’s almost a miracle these days – finding a publisher in a few months! What genre do you generally write and have you considered other genres?

I write books about personal finance.  I am actually working on my third book that will be related to this genre.  It will depict how parents can teach their children how to handle money.

APKY/AMP: I must admit, Danny, that your projects are very ambitious. Could you give us the titles of what you have had published to-date?

“How To Survive (and perhaps thrive) On A Teacher’s Salary” was published in October 2007 by Tate Publishing Company

“A Simple Book of Financial Wisdom: Teach Yourself (and your kids) How To Live Wealthy with Little Money” was published in A Simple Book of Financial WisdomSeptember 2011 by Wyatt MacKenzie Publishing Company

APKY/AMP: Wonderful. Do you have any advice for other writers?

Don’t ever give up.  If your dream is to write a book, you can do it.  This will take some sacrifice and commitment but is now more possible than ever.

APKY/AMP: That’s true. So, why should we buy your book?

My books give sound financial advice in an everyday approach.  I don’t use fancy financial jargon and make it easy for my readers to understand how they can manage their money better.

APKY/AMP: Just what we all need, thank you, Danny.  And how much of the marketing do you do for your published works or indeed for yourself as a ‘brand’?

I have done all of my own marketing with some success.  I have appeared on national television over 25 times on shows such as The CBS Early Show, Fox & Friends, The 700 Club, CNN’s Newsroom, MSNBC Live and The Clark Howard Show.  I have also been interviewed on over 340 radio shows and featured in hundreds of publications including Yahoo.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlanta Journal Constitution and Woman’s Day Magazine.

 

APKY/AMP: Heavens, that amazing! J  Is there a special place that you prefer when you write?

I would love to say in a café in Paris but so far my living room couch has been it.

APKY/AMP: Beats any  café any time. Do you have an agent, Danny? And do you think they’re vital to an author’s success?

I do not have one at this point but am currently seeking one for my third book since I think this would help me land a deal with a large publishing house.

APKY/AMP: Then we hope you succeed soon. What are you working on at the moment / next?

My next book which details how parents can teach their children how to do well financially.

APKY/AMP: With the subject of finances, do you manage to write every day?

No, I do not.  I usually do some sort of book-related work (marketing, answering emails, etc.) but I do not write every day.

APKY/AMP: Thank God I’m not alone here. Who is your first reader – who do you first show your work to?

My wife, Tracy.  She is my biggest fan but also gives me great, constructive feedback.

APKY/AMP: Much better than finding betas online. Do you do a lot of editing or do you find that as time goes on your writing is more fully-formed?

Now that I am working on my third book, I have found that my writing is more fully-formed.  I still need to edit but a lot less than I did before.

APKY/AMP: The power of practice. And do you write on paper or do you prefer a computer?

My first two books I hand wrote first.  With the book I am currently working on I have not written one word – I have typed it all.  Maybe I am evolving a littleJ

AMP: You certainly are and your smile says it. J What do you like to read?

I enjoy reading personal finance and self-help books about a variety of topics.  I also take a break from these sometimes and will read a good mystery book.

APKY/AMP: I gave up reading finance books because the language was alien to me. So, what do you do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies or party tricks?

I do not have a lot of free time – trying to be the best husband, father (I have 2 daughters ages 5 and 8), teacher and author leaves little time left over.  I do enjoy exercising and am training for my second half-marathon.  I feel this exercise helps keep me on top of my game.

 APKY/AMP: Right. Where can we find out about you and your work?

My website – www.dannykofke.blogspot.com

APKY/AMP: Heading there right after this and hope you don’t do financespeak! J  Is there anything else you’d like to mention?

Thank you so much for interviewing me.

APKY/AMP: The pleasure has been entirely mine, Danny. All the best to you and the family.JJ