Working Writers welcomes William Ballard to the blog today! Enjoy this interview.
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?
My name is William Ballard and I am 28 years old. I was born and raised in the Dallas area of Texas, however, I am now planted in Ontario Canada where I have been for the past couple of years. I came here to marry my beautiful Canadian wife and to embark on a new adventure.
Prior to writing, or should I say in the midst of writing, I pursued a career in the security industry working for both the private and public sectors (In Dallas), and prior to my tenure in that industry, I served in the United States Marine Corps.
But enough of that.
I have been writing for as long as I can remember. I started writing poetry and then by the time I was about 19 I started working on my first book.
Tell us about your latest book. What do you hope readers take away from it?
I am the author of “The True Writer’s Life: Discovering the Author and Finisher of Our Faith”, which was published on July of 2014.
I wrote this book because I was inspired by a quote from Toni Morison who said, “If there is a book that you truly want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
You see, what I did with this book was I took my passion and love for God, and my passion and love for writing and put the two together. So, to be honest with you, I am not sure that there has ever been a book written like this one.
The synopsis is:
The book is a small seed of an idea that is divided into three parts, 1) Inside every reader is a writer, 2) inside ever writer is a spiritual being, and 3) inside every spiritual being is the ability to tap into the heart and mind of God.
The main things that I want readers to take away from this book are to develop a new passion and zeal for their craft and profession as well as I want readers and writers to learn the need to bring God into their passion and work.
Share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?
I am currently working on three new eBooks and two new physical books. I am not ready to give the titles for the physical books just yet, but I will mention the first three eBooks:
- The Rule of Five for Writers: 5 Things Every Writer Must Do Every Day
- 10 Blogging Secrets: How to Turn Your Blog Into a Money Making Machine
- 3D: How to Take Your Freelance Writing Business to the Third Dimension
If you want to know more about the two new physical books that I am working on and the release/launch dates for the three eBooks above you will want to join my mailing list.
What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?
This is a very good question because I have read many interesting books, but I think I would have to say that the most interesting book that I have ever read would be Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.
Now this one is a tough one too because I have many favorites and read a lot, but here is at least a short list of my top five favorites:
- John Maxwell
- Bob Proctor
- Michelle Lee Young
- Brian Tracy
- Zig Ziglar
Now, I could go on and on, but I will leave it at that.
Book you’re currently reading?
To be honest with you, I don’t just read one book at a time, so here is a list of the 7 books that I am reading right now:
- The 17 Indisputable Laws of Team Work by John Maxwell
- Thinking for a Change by John Maxwell
- How Successful People Think by John Maxwell
- Building an Empire: The Most Complete Blueprint to Building a Massive Network Marketing Business by Brian Carruthers
- The 5 Love Languages: The Secretes to Love that Last, Men’s Edition
- United We Stand by Charles Clanton
- Sell or Be Sold, by Grant Cardone
Any type of writing ritual you have?
I don’t necessarily have a writing ritual (I don’t think), but I will say this: I can’t write without having my cup of coffee beside me.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Well, when I am not writing I love to read. I can’t get enough of reading and writing. But with all that aside, I love walking through nature hikes or trails, and I love spending quality time with my wife.
What is one of the things you’re most thankful for as a writer?
I am most thankful for my readers. Without their support and loyalty, I am not sure where I would be.
In your opinion, what’s the measure of a successful writer?
Well, in my opinion, the measure of a successful writer is not in how many zeros he or she has in their bank account, but instead, by how many lives have been impacted and changed for the better through that writer’s work.
Where can we learn more about you?
You can find me at WilliamBallard.Weebly.com and you can like, follow, or connect with my at the following social media profiles: