Author of the Week–Ray White

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happyThis week we are featuring non-fiction author, Ray White. Ray’s debut ebook, Connecting Happiness and Success: A Guide to Creating Success Through Happiness was just released and he has it for FREE for a limited time, so make sure to grab your copy. Let’s learn more about Ray!

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, your hobbies and interests.

I have been married for 25 years and have 3 wonderful teenagers. We spend a lot of time at the

kids football, basketball and volleyball games and practices. We also play cards, Trains, Rummy

Cube, Monopoly, Life and various other board games. We snow ski once a year and spend a

our summers boating, water skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing. We read a lot as a family and try

to take at least one interesting vacation a year. I work as a mentor, am on the board of several

companies, and work with a group called www.Pursuit-of-Happiness.org which “Brings the Science of

Happiness to Life.”

2. When and why did you start writing books?

I started writing my first book about 20 years ago, but never finished. Family, work, and

growing my career got in the way. Then 2 years ago, I really felt drawn to share what I had

learned from the science about happiness and success. I saw so many young people becoming

disappointed with life because they thought putting off happiness to chase success would

eventually lead them back to happiness. The result was they never found happiness or success. I

wanted to teach them how to be happy first and how to leverage that happiness to reach success.

3. What made you decide to tackle writing as a career?

I haven’t made it a career yet. At my current job as an executive I get to model and teach lots of

people how they can be happy and successful. Since that is my ultimate goal, writing is still a

part time gig for now.

4. Which one of your books or characters is your favorite?

So far, I only have one book published, but I have 3 more on the way. Each book is like a child

and has its own characteristics and reasons to be loved. My next book is called Happiness Hacks

and provides simple ways to be happier in under 2 minutes. I like the concept of keeping things

quick and easy.

5. Which one of your books was the hardest to write and stretched you the most as a writer?

The first book was the hardest because of all the research that went into it and I was just getting

started. Now that I have a solid foundation of research and a reasonable methodology, it is

getting easier.

6. Who is your favorite author and book?

My favorite author is Charles Dickens and a Tale of Two Cities. Since middle school, I have

been awed by his ability to weave all the stories together.

7. What book are you reading right now?

Thrive by Arianna Huffington. It is interesting to read how other authors are explaining the

Happiness movement.

8. Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Mostly the work I do with our team members and trying to find ways to help others be happy and

successful. I also get a lot of ideas from articles and research.

9. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I spend all of my spare time with my family. Anything with my kids and wife is great.

10. Do you have any new books in the works?

I have 3 books in the works; Happiness Hacks, 52 – How to Create a Culture of Productivity

with One Activity per Week, and Leadership Lessons for College and Life – Alexia’s Legacy.

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