Revisit: Interview by Mdluchies: What has been your favorite project as an author?

DC: I don’t know that I could pick out a favorite project of the books that I’ve written.  They’re all labors of love, and they’re all like my children.  I’ve dedicated a great deal of time and energy to bringing these books to fruition, and they’re all so distinctly different that it’s tough to say I have a favorite.  Having said that, my new book, Conversations on the Bench, was particularly rewarding for different reasons.  I got to step out of my mystery writing frame of mind where you create everything from scratch and step into the role of being a storyteller of the lives of actual people.  I got to meet and get to know a couple of very interesting people and tell their story.  In doing this, I found myself very inspired by the protagonist of the book.  His story was very uplifting and motivational, and it was very emotional.  It was a chance to share with others some wit and wisdom that everyone can relate to in some way.   It’s sort of like stating the obvious, but the lessons are coming from this very fascinating individual and are explained in a way that only he could explain them.  So, I would say that Conversations on the Bench was a very interesting and rewarding experience, but all my books have been very enjoyable projects for me.

Re-release: Interview by Mdluchies: Why do you choose to write?

DC: I guess I’ve always had an interest in or passion for writing. I’ve written numerous articles about various subjects—business, politics, entertainment, society. I think writing novels is rather therapeutic for me. I have the chance to decompress from the stress of the real world and get lost in a world that I’m creating. And I’m a pretty analytical person, so I like writing mysteries that require a good deal of planning and analysis. In the business world, I have to solve problems from time to time, so I guess mystery novels are an extension of problem solving. I present a problem in the book, collect the evidence, then solve the problem or have some resolution to the problem. Writing is a somewhat natural extension of my business side, and I find it very relaxing to sit and create books for other people to read and enjoy. And on top of all that, it’s really a rewarding experience to write a novel, and I’m not talking in the fame or financial sense. When you finished that book and have the printed book in your hand, it gives you this overwhelming sense of accomplishment. It’s refreshing. It’s rewarding. It’s relaxing, and I think it’s a great escape from the realities of life.

Top 10 Entrepreneurs According to Digger: 10

Sam Walton-While I’m not a fan of Wal-Mart, Sam Walton did more for bringing inexpensive goods to consumers than anyone in generations.   Samuel Moore “Sam” Walton was an American businessman and entrepreneur born in Kingfisher, Oklahoma, best known for founding the retailers Walmart and Sam’s Club. Before his death in 1992 he had a net worth of $23 Billion.

Top 10 Entrepreneurs according to Digger: 9

Pierre Omidyar-If you can’t find it on eBay, you probably won’t find it anywhere.  He’s taken a simple concept and turned it into a multi-billion dollar global marketplace.  Whereas years ago, you might have to know someone who knows someone who has a friend who can get you the car part you’re looking for, now you simply plug the information into eBay and you’ll undoubtedly be presented with multiple options from sellers throughout the world.  eBay has done more to open commerce between individuals than anything in our generation.  Pierre Morad Omidyar is a French-Iranian-American entrepreneur and philanthropist, who is the founder and chairman of the eBay auction site. He became a billionaire at the age of 31 with eBay’s 1998 Initial Public Offering. According to Forbes Pierre had a net worth of $8.5 Billion in 2013.