Author Interview with John Early
I’m interviewing John Early, author of non-fiction / inspirational “10 Bits of Wisdom from the Shoe Shine Guy”. Please welcome him to my blog.
When did you know you wanted to be an author?
I have enjoyed writing my whole life and got serious about it a couple of years ago with a blog I began to write on a regular basis. I had thought about writing a book for a while and when Waldorf Publishing called to ask if I would be interested in writing one that was the push that I needed.
What inspired you to write 10 Bits of Wisdom from the Shoe Shine Guy?
After excepting Christ into my life eight years ago I began to look at life differently and what was and was not so important. My priorities changed in a big way and I wanted to get that story out there and hopefully encourage others who deal with some of the same issues and struggles that I do.
What is your editing process like?
After writing a chapter or two my wife would read over what I had written for content and what it was I was trying to get across to the reader. My publisher would also have some people (editors) read it over for grammatical errors, structure, and so forth. I would then rewrite what needed to be changed and go from there.
Who is your favorite character from your book?
My book is about my life and the transformation I went through after accepting Christ as my Lord and Savior. My favorite character would of course have to be Jesus.
Did you set any writing goals for 2015? Did you meet any so far?
My book was just released October 15th of this year. I wanted to see how the whole process played out and where God is leading me with all of this. I have had great feedback so far so we will see what the future holds.
Are you working on something now?
I am not currently working on anything at the moment but thoughts continue to pop into my head and that has always been how ideas have come to me. They just pop into my head.
About the Book
Title: 10 Bits of Wisdom from the Shoe Shine Guy
Author: John Early
Genre: Spiritual / Inspirational
John Early worked in the corporate world for over 25 years. From the outside looking in, it seemed as though he had it all: the beautiful family, the magnificent home, the nice cars and great vacations, the fabulous income with the big 401k. He had what most would consider the American Dream. This was John’s idea of a dream, and this dream was all about him. Then suddenly, in an instant, like the Apostle Paul on the road to Damascus, John had an encounter with God that transformed his life forever. John takes the reader through that transformation and the total impact it had on not only his life, but on the lives of those around him, especially those closest to him-his wife and children. He lays out the 10 key bits of wisdom that were instrumental in reconciling and rebuilding those broken relationships. His road on this journey is paved with: Knowing your purpose, Character, Attitude, Goals, Teamwork and Trust, Respect, Courage, Regrets, Reconciliation, and Grace. This book shows all of us, no matter our circumstances or how dark our days may seem, that God is brighter still. Let God start to transform your life.
John moved to Houston, Texas in 1980 at the age of 21. He worked in sales for a manufacturers rep firm selling oil equipment. Sales territory was most of South Texas, driving 4000-5000 miles per month. John had the opportunity to call on customers that were located in remote areas of South Texas as well as the corporate offices of some of the largest oil and gas companies in the world located Houston, Texas.
In 1986 he moved back to Michigan and went to work as a mortgage consultant for a small mortgage company, Tranex Financial and worked there for 13 years. Starting out as a mortgage consultant he moved into training then became an officer of the company and eventually bought the firm. In 1998, he merged Tranex into the Hantz Financial Group.
He worked with Hantz Financial as a Vice President and financial consultant until December of 2010 focusing on marketing and client relationships. His team assisted high net worth clients with their tax planning, estate planning, investment strategies and business owner concerns. Providing advice to clients who needed sophisticated financial planning. While at Hantz Financial the company grew from 100 employees to over 500 and John was able to help build one of the largest practices within the firm.
In April of 2011 he created The Shoe Shine Guys. A mobile shoe shine service that started with an idea, one truck and a handful of clients. He now has three vehicles, a full service cobbler store and hundreds of clients. His company continues to add new clients every month and receive calls at least once a quarter about expanding to other parts of the country.
John attended Saginaw Valley State University. He has been married to his beautiful wife, Janet, for more than 32 years and they have two grown children, a son in law, and a grandson.
A sports enthusiast, John was an avid handball player for over 20 years (new titanium knee and work have sidelined him for a while) and was the Canadian national doubles champion in 1999.