APKY/AMP: Hello Danny, and thank you for your interest in AuthorMeProfessionals. Could you please tell us something about 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 September 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