Let’s Start With…Why am I an Author?;
What Can You Expect From Tony Inman – ‘The Author?’;
and How Can I Inspire You?
“You’ll be the same person in five years as you are today, except for three things – the books you read, the tapes you listen to and the people you meet.”
Charlie ‘Tremendous’ Jones
I’ve always been a reader – my Dad was a great reader. I’m one of those people who loves language and the subtle nuances of communication. Many people stop reading when they leave school because nobody is ‘telling them to do it’ any longer. That’s when the benefits of reading really kick in. Self-education is powerful – it’s powerful because it means you are studying something because you want something more out of life and that leads to personal, and often professional growth. Self-education opens doors and effects change within you – and bear in mind that change around you is inevitable, so if you don’t change within, you may be left on the scrap heap!
What you can expect from me is honesty and humour. I believe that life is about having fun and enjoying experiences. Sometimes you might perceive and label your experiences as ‘bad’, but always remember that life is about perception and change – what seems ‘bad’ today, may with hindsight actually have been ‘a good thing’.
My goal in writing is to inspire change as a force for good in humanity. When I write fiction, my humour is unapologetically dry, sometimes bawdy or irreverent, but never intentionally malicious. I was raised on a diet of zany British humour and I enjoyed a wonderful education at Victoria College in Jersey, for which I am indebted to my parents. When I write more serious books in the self-help or business genres, my humour is respectfully tempered and my goal is to educate and inspire. If I have inspired you in any way, please let me know – your story may well help inspire others.
The Path to Becoming an Author
I began by being a lover of reading. Now, I write to entertain and I write to educate and inspire people. I have my father to thank for instilling a great love for books and for writing. He used to take me to the library when I was a child and my parents encouraged me to read many of the classics like: ‘White Fang’, ‘Robinson Crusoe’, ‘Treasure Island’, ‘The Three Musketeers’, ‘Lord of the Flies’, ‘David Copperfield’, ‘Tom Brown’s Schooldays and many others. Then I became interested in military history and I collected and read many books about the various wars, with a particular fascination for books about the Napoleonic Wars. I went on to read various novels, including all fourteen of Ian Fleming’s James Bond Series, many of Wilbur Smith’s books and books by Frederick Forsythe, Mario Puzzo, George Orwell and Jack Higgins.
With a posh school love for satirical humour and dry wit, I lapped up the books by the Monty Python team, Clive James and Ben Elton. It’s important to be able to have a good laugh.
As I developed a career in management, I became really intrigued by books about management consulting case studies, leadership styles and management techniques, with a particular interest in the works of Peter Drucker (‘The Practice of Management’ and ‘The Effective Executive’), John Adair (‘Leadership’), Richard Branson (‘Losing My Virginity’ – The Virgin story), Jan Carlzon (Moments of Truth) and Lee Iacoca, along with many others over the years.
My curiousity about people was really piqued when I was given a book at about the age of eleven, called ‘Manwatching’ by Desmond Morris. It was all about body language, gestures and the study of human behaviour. I developed this further as I worked in sales roles and studied works by Allan Pease (‘Body Language’) and Tom Hopkins (‘How to Master the Art of Selling’).
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I became involved with some multi-level marketing businesses as a young man (though I no longer dabble in this!) and this led me to study people’s biographies and stories of success in the hope of finding the magic ingredients. It started with classics like ‘The Magic of Thinking Big’ by David Schwarz, ‘The Seeds of Greatness’ by Dennis Waitley, ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’ by Norman Vincent Peale, the stories of idols like George Best, Alex Ferguson, Robbie Williams, John Travolta, John F Kennedy, and so on.
Books that truly inspired me included the ‘One Minute Manager’ Series by Kenneth Blanchard and various partners, ‘Being Happy’ and the subsequent series of books by cartoonist, Andrew Matthews, Tony Robbins’ ‘Awaken the Giant Within’, Stephen Covey’s ‘The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’ and Robert Cialdini’s ‘Influence’.
More recently, I have developed a thirst for books that male you think, by writers like Paulo Coehlo, Seth Godin, John Demartini, Wayne Dyer and Jim Rohn.
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Of course, as a coach and consultant who works with people to help them grow personally and in business, I now plough through anything related to human behaviour, neuro linguistic programming (NLP) or mindset, so that I can pass on the knowledge to my clients and understand them, and therefore help them better.
In recent years, I have now written and published two of my own books and co-authored two others. (Click on the book titles below for more information)
‘The Parrot and the Lady – Introducing Randy Short 008’ , by Tony Inman, published in 2011 by X-Libris.
A prequel is currently in the pipeline.
SELF-HELP / INSPIRATIONAL
‘How to Get a Bigger Bite Out of Life’ – special edition, co-authored with George Faddoul in 2011 by QC Seminars Press.
‘If LIfe’s Worth Doing, It’s Worth Doing Well – Finding Sane Fulfillment in an Insane World’ – by Tony Inman and published in 2014 by Gowor International Publishing.
‘The Inspirational Bible’ – co-authored with 364 other writers worldwide and published in 2014 by Gowor International Publishing.
Here are a few photos from the book launch party and subsequent store displays.