“The Written Word Is The Greatest Thing In The World (Next To Disneyland):” A TDQ Q&A With Author Ray Ellingsen, Part 2

Yoda just told Ray to choose between Disneyland and reading a good book. Tough call.

Yoda just told Ray to choose between Disneyland and reading a good book. Tough call.

TDQ: What made you want to be a writer? 

Ellingsen: I’m a voracious reader. While I’ve done a lot of other things in my life, job-wise, I’ve always come back to writing. The written word is the greatest thing in the world (next to Disneyland).

TDQ: What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? 

Ellingsen: “Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try” – Yoda (obviously, he didn’t give me that advice personally, but it was inspirational, nonetheless).

TDQ: What’s the worst advice you’ve ever gotten? 

Ellingsen: “If your writing thing doesn’t pan out in five years, consider another career” (I won’t say who gave me that advice, because they’re probably going to read this).

TDQ: Who are your influences? 

Ellingsen: Theodore Roosevelt is probably my biggest influence. He was a sickly, asthmatic child who nobody thought would amount to much. He went on to become a boxer, a cowboy, a noted explorer, a decorated soldier, a writer, a conservationist, the police commissioner of New York city, the 33rd Governor of New York state, and, of course, the 26th President of the United States. On a side note, the teddy bear got its name from him. Needless to say, he was a pretty busy guy, as well as incredibly inspirational.  Continue reading