My buddy Joseph just released a book intertwining ‘el motorcycle’ with a life kickstarted by Jesus.
While may books are about leadership,it’s about time to rev up your reading with something new.
Again, I can’t help myself.
Here we go!
Joey boy, what inspired you to write Ride On?
Writing has never been my strong suit as can be confirmed by my high school and college professors. But as I have gotten older I have fallen in love with the written word. Even if I do public speaking I script out everything I want to say. When you write you realize you say the same things over and over. So excitement and joy comes when I try to say the same thing, differently.
As far as writing Ride On, I was 34 years old when I got on a motorcycle for the first time. I was never allowed to get on open aired motorized vehicles (other than a riding lawn mower) my whole life so when this happened I honestly felt my senses and my soul coming alive. I started to write what I was feeling and sharing those thoughts with others. This topic seemed to hit a chord with people.
I look on Amazon and found 15,000 titles that show up when you look for ‘motorcycle’ in the bookstore. So obviously there had to be books relating ones soul and faith to a motorcycle. Nope. Most fall into a couple categories. 1. Maintenance 2. Travel 3. The Gang World 4. Photos of Bikes.
So I decided to write Ride On to help the some seven million bikers make links to their love of motorcycles and riding and the person of Jesus. It, as you know Phil, is a hard process to write a whole book but it was that biker that never reads a book that inspired me to keep going and make something that would compel them to keep reading.
Are you working on any other projects?
I got the ideas lined out for another motorcycle book called, ‘Rebuild: when your life and bike seem beyond repair.’ This is coming from my son and I rebuilding a 1974 Honda CB360 which was a family bike we found out in the woods. What a process that it, especially when you don’t really know anything and need lots of help.
But before that, I am currently writing a book about hunting. There is probable more written about hunting than motorcycles but I am giving it a try! It is titled at this point, ‘Nine Arrows: A Hunters life of patience, practice, perseverance and utter failure’. It actually has nothing to do with how to hunt, unless you learn best from what not to do!
How has writing helped your faith?
Ultimately as I look at Jesus and talk about what He is like, I was forced to ask myself, “do I really believe this?” Because people will read this and I don’t want to be a hypocrite. Now after I have sold a few and have people commenting on it I am really jazzed at reading others stories of how this book has impacted their lives and relationship with Jesus and also their loved one.
Also this whole process of writing has help my faith in others. The writing community is so generous with their time and skills. People I had never met are helping me put out the best product possible and liberal with their information they share. Even when I was beginning this you, Phil, were so gracious to take time out and help me process my thoughts and help me navigate the process. This has spurred me on to want to help anyone that desires to get their words out in book form to the world.
Joe is the man, buy the book.
Interview with Author Joseph Fehlen – Ride On