MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR LEW BAYER
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Name is Lew Bayer, books are in business, with focus on civility.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
The book is based on the work we do every day. We are consultants and trainers who speak and teach on the content.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
In previous jobs, we found people were consistently uncivil. We decided to try understand why and see if we could improve workplaces.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
We did about 6 years of research.
Can you tell me about your Series?
It’s not a series- just one book…with a updated edition coming out soon.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
Because I am a corporate trainer, I write about 4 hours a day every day- devising curriculum, writing books and lesson plans, doing blogs and news articles etc.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
The Business Case for Civility coming out early 2019
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
It is a nonfiction book.
Where do your ideas come from?
The every day work and experiences in my job.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
NO. Just more nonfiction.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Not having enough time- I would write all day if I could.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I like trailers, but we don’t have one.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
I started a business in an untested field with an untested topic/expertise, we are now 20 years later and still going strong.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
It’s amazing when people read your work and are inspired to think differently.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Traveling and writing about civility.
Have you always liked to write?
Always, every since I was young.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Just do it. Don’t think about what will happen next e.g., don’t plan to publish, don’t worry about what other people think, share your story- and feed your soul.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I would still teach civility .
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I don’t read them, I can’t change what is already done and I don’t really write for others, I write for myself.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Relinquishing control, e.g., the branding and wordsmithing for publicity is a bit hard and feels unnatural sometimes.
What are you working on now?
New book, The Business of Civility
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
We are focusing on how workplace can impact community and government and global politics…it’s amazing how much power we each have that we don’t recognize or leverage.
Why did you choose to write in your genre?
If you write in more than one, how do you balance them? I don’t feel there are enough “meaty” solid business books out there, a lot of opinion and anecdotal stuff but not enough real research- especially around soft skills.
Where did your love of books come from?
We didn’t have much when I was young – but we always had books.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I read a lot of philosophy, I like Thoreau.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Time, I just need more time.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Try to be original, but with fact based writing there isn’t always a lot of room for imagination.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Many of our affiliates are authors, we all write this type of book so lots to share and talk about.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Lets eat cake! I think life is short and you need to take time to enjoy the happy moments with friends and family, indulge a bit.
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
What do you hope people take away from your books?
ANSWER. I hope people pause and think about the impact they have on the world – and try to be a little kinder to themselves and others as a result of learning about civility.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
www.civilityexperts.com @civilityexpert Lew Bayer on Linked In.
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️