Featured Interview With Brett Atlas
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and lived there for 30 years before moving to Omaha, Nebraska, where I currently live. I don’t have any pets of my own currently, but my son has a leopard gecko and my daughter has a Betta fish. I did have an African grey parrot at my fraternity house in college, however, and he learned to say some pretty interesting things!
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
When I was little, one of the best pieces of advice my grandfather’s gave me was to find something to read every day, no matter what it is. Whenever I became interested in any subject, I’d find a book about it to read, and that hasn’t changed over the years. If you don’t count my first ten-page novel I wrote when I was seven called “The Adventures of Super Frog”, my first real writing began a few years back for a bourbon blog called Bourbon & Banter. As a whiskey enthusiast, I really enjoyed exploring the history, the personalities and the lost stories to present to the rest of the community.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I do enjoy a good novel, but the bulk of my library is devoted to biography, history, philosophy, psychology and business. I’ve been on a lifelong quest to uncover the secrets of happiness and a life well-lived. Whatever I can draw from the wisdom of others throughout history is what inspires me.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
When my father passed away, I was saddened to find he never recorded any of the knowledge and important lessons he’d learned throughout his life. I thought of my own kids and decided that I would make sure I’d leave them a roadmap of guidance so I’d always be there to help. I ended up writing the book I wish someone had given me when I became an adult. It all boils down to three things: Time, Relationships and Money (in that order). How we choose to allocate them, and the ways in which they overlap, makes the difference between a life well lived and a life fraught with regrets.
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