We had the good fortune of connecting with Will Nuessle and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Will, as a parent,what have you done for your children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
Pay attention to them. My kids don’t care that I wrote a mini-series last month. They don’t care how many books I’ve sold. They don’t even care all that much how nice their clothes are or how often we get to go out to eat – not nearly as much as they care that I care about the drawing they just made, or the joke they just made up. Knowing that their lives matter to me, that I will drop whatever I’m working on to focus on them…that’s the most important thing. And the second is like unto it; loving their mother.

Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
What sets me apart from others…persistence, I suppose. I started writing my first ‘book’ in fifth grade. That was thirty-four years ago and while I recently completed my fifteenth novel (nine of which are actually quite readable!) and three of those well-written nine are out in the world for folks to enjoy, you haven’t heard of me. I haven’t set the world on fire despite the desire burning within to do so for more than three decades. All the same, as soon as I polish the screenplay I wrote over the last three weeks I will turn back to novel #15 and hit another draft, see what I can do to make it better. When it’s as good as I can make it, time for the first draft of #16.
It’s a lot easier to write now than it was the first twenty years, since I’m in recovery from the Perfectionism that anchored me down back then–but much of what keeps me persisting is how much I adore the work. Days off, where I’m not writing, are the hard ones–any day I get to chain words together, create worlds to conquer, are the best days ever.
Lessons learned–I have to keep relearning it but I’ve learned to be thankful for what is, for what I have. I’m so fortunate that I can write, that I’m so rich as to have running water and not need to spend hours a day walking to get some. That I’ve never wanted for a meal in my life. That having pen and paper is as easy as five minutes’ drive to the grocery store. I’m rolling in wealth compared to 99% of everyone that’s ever lived on this planet and I better never forget that.
As much as I want what I do to change the world, I get to do what I dearly love every day. And also (if it’s Fall/Winter) watch football. I’m incredibly lucky.
My brand? Bah. Maybe you’ll hear of me someday, maybe not. If not it’s too bad–I’m really good.
My story is that I figured out what I was put on Earth to do and I feel God’s pleasure while I do it. I’m proud to have work to do and newly excited every day about What Happens Next

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
As an introvert who is also primary caregiver for three (wonderful) children my dream vacation is caretaking a lighthouse that’s only accessible by boat BUT I do adore Colorado’s biking trails, libraries and the fact that almost any road pointing west will lead to curvy mountain goodness. Anybody who harbors a burning (and usually secret) desire to try stand-up comedy can (if very persistent, keep calling back!) get on the list for Comedy Works’ New Talent Night. Canto Deo Choirs and the Colorado Chorale perform regular and exquisite music. The Arvada Center for the Arts, Lakewood Cultural Center, JCC Mizel Arts & Culture Center (among many others!) produce regular and delightful stage goodness. Afterwards there’s Little Man Ice Cream.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Wash Park Martial Arts, formerly the Kusa Dojo. Not only where I earned a third-degree brown belt in ninjitsu but also (and much more importantly) one of several places where I learned that I could fail, that I could trust myself despite failing and that I was not alone.

Website: https://thestorysofar650777992.wordpress.com/2021/04/19/wills-worldwide-writing/

Other: You can find me by name on Amazon if you look hard enough; I always encourage folk to try the free Kindle Samples and only spend money if they really want to

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