1. How did you come up with the title?
I began writing “Path of Three Hundred” while the images of
sailing alone on the Atlantic Ocean were still fresh in my head. I wondered what
I would title the book in the beginning and then just forgot about a title.
While writing a chapter in the last Part, “Part III: The Challenge”, the title
just hit me and became clear. Without spoiling too much of the story, it refers
on the surface to a compass heading.
2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
“Be in the Now and Flow with the
Present Moment of Time”. We can learn from past events in our lives, but they no
longer exist. We can also plan for the future, yet the events which have not yet
occurred do not exist either. Therefore, the are times in our lives where we
must remain in the Present and stay there in order to travel a positive path
filled with Love and Peace.
3. How much of the book is realistic?
The entire book is real. All of the events actually happened
exactly the way in which I wrote them. The only parts of this book which are
fictional are most of the character names, including my own.
4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your
I have thought about this question quite a bit recently…this is
not the first time the question has been asked of me. At first, I said
emphatically, “No…I would not change a thing.” In thinking about it now as I
write this, I would consider adding to the ending a bit more. Yet, I will write
the next volume as soon as I finish another adventure on the sea, so given that
fact, perhaps the book ends the way it needs to end. :)
5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The most difficult part of writing
the book was re-living certain past events. Most of the time, I loved going back
in Time. All of the moments being on the sea, including the storms I battled,
are positive ones which bring me joy in the remembering. Certain events on land
however, are emotional in a painful way, yet remembering those events are in the
end positive because they make me Stronger as a human.
6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I wrote the book
in the third person. In doing so, I was able to “pull my Self out of the story”.
There are characters in “Path of Three Hundred” who told me how they felt and
acted while watching my progress at sea and on land. An aspect of writing in the
third person is “becoming” those other characters…putting my Self in their
shoes. This process created a perspective in me which I felt before, yet did not
know how much it would affect me until I wrote how they felt and acted. The
process humbled Me.
7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
When I was a child, I loved hearing stories told by others
like my father and mother. I would go to my room and write fantastic stories of
adventure while the images were still fresh in my mind. Dad was a fighter pilot
in the United States Marine Corps, so his stories were always fantastic,
creating amazing images in my mind. I am an artist by training, an Architect, so
creativity has always been a part of me.
8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Coehlo is my favorite author. The images in my mind created by the stories he
tells are forever etched in my Soul. Images of Transformation, which is exactly
what “Path of Three Hundred” is all about.
9. Tell us your latest news.
I am getting prepared to move back to the San Francisco Bay Area
where I lived until 2004. I gave a “Talk” about the book and it’s message a few
weeks ago. Once the film of the Talk is edited, I will post it online and use
the film to hopefully get some speaking events lined up once I am back in
10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Check out the reviews on Amazon.com and Goodreads.com.
People are finding aspects of the story which generates a Strength within them.
Even if that is not what you are looking for, the adventure on the surface is a
strong one. I’ve gotten messages from people who say stuff like, “I didn’t want
to put the book down because I felt like if I did, I would abandon you while you
were at sea alone.” These kinds of comments warm my Soul. Life is something we
are indeed all in together.
- What happens when One strips away all things comfortable in Life? (pathof300.com)
- When you receive a “Message from your Soul”…what does One do? (pathof300.com)
- Is “Path of Three Hundred” a Religious Book? (pathof300.com)
- The “Prologue” from “Path of Three Hundred”…and it’s Message (pathof300.com)
- Finding a Joy… (pathof300.com)