Twelve years ago, an author friend of mine asked if I’d like to ghostwrite a business book. I said yes. I didn’t set out to be a business book ghostwriter. Yet that’s how it happened. I’ve been ghostwriting ever since.
I grew up near Oxford in England. After graduating from Winchester Art School I moved to the United States. As there were no job listings for a degree in fine art and philosophy, I got a sales job. At first, I was bad at it. I got fired. But three days later I found a better sales job in San Francisco. This job allowed me to grow, and after a while, I became interim corporate CEO. Interim doesn’t mean forever, so I started a multimedia business focusing on corporate storytelling.
Since 2005, I’ve specialized in ghostwriting business books for business leaders.
I love to learn. Three non-professional experiences have helped me bring a fresh perspective to my work as a business book ghostwriter.
- I was part of a theatrical improvisation group where I learned to be a spontaneous collaborator. “Improv” teaches you to think on your feet.
- For five years, I moderated a weekly Socratic philosophy group. This was enormous fun, and boosted my critical-thinking skills. I learned to listen and ask more insightful follow-up questions. And that’s relevant because interviewing is an integral part of the ghostwriter’s job. I believe that asking the right questions— and listening to the responses— just might be the secret of life.
- I joined Toastmasters, a non-profit organization dedicated to communication and leadership. I’m currently a founder member and president of Warehouse Evening Toastmasters in Oakland, California, where we have a lot of fun, and I continue to hone the art of speech writing and delivery.
When not ghostwriting business books, I’m a constant reader, play frequent club-level badminton, swim, and continue with my 20-year daily meditative practice of qigong. It (almost) keeps me calm.
I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with Lynnette Rogers, who’s such a good editor that I married her.
If you’d like to know more about me, just ask.