Featured Interview With Gary Grewal
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
My name is Gary, I was born and raised in Rocklin, CA just outside of Sacramento. I grew up in a quintessential middle class neighborhood in the suburbs and our street was known for it’s Christmas lights display that hundreds come out for each year! I now live back in Rocklin after spending 7 years in Orange County, Colorado, and Tennessee. I don’t have any pets, but find plenty to fill my time by longboarding, biking, hiking, reading, cooking, and of course, writing! I’m also a passionate fan of minimalism and sustainability.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
Contrary to many who were into writing and literature in grade school, I didn’t fully realize my fascination with books until after college. After I finally had the chance to read what I wanted to, and not what was prescribed by college professors, I learned a whole new appreciation for the public library. After graduating from college early, I found public libraries to be a place of relaxation, peace, safety, and discovery. Being able to read various books, magazines, white papers, and engage with librarians was absolutely engaging and exciting for me. I spent many weekends at the library and my weekly trip to pick up my holds was like Christmas, having the chance to dive into a new book, to learn something new. I started writing after I realized too many books in the personal finance genre were boring, repetitive, and digressive. I knew I could deliver valuable content in a way that appealed to busy readers.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
My favorite authors to read are Vicki Robin, David Brooks, Adam Grant, David Bach, and Farnoosh Torabi. My favorite genre to read is nonfiction self-help, as I find it fascinating to learn from others experiences on ways that improved their lives in a matter of ways. These authors and their writing style inspire me to share my story in a unique way, be candid yet convivial, and authentic yet humble.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
You’re probably wondering, “What’s with the ‘Financial Fives’ theme?” Well, I’ve read a multitude of personal finance books, and though containing valuable guidance, many can either put you to sleep, regurgitate the same bland advice, or overwhelm you with never ending stories from an author’s stroll down memory lane. There isn’t a book out there that is easy to follow, concise, and also densely packed with useful advice and actionable tips at the turn of each page. Whether it’s learning about steps to negotiate rent on the subway ride home, or finding out how to save on festivals and events while waiting for your lunch order, Financial Fives will be your handy toolkit. The goal of Financial Fives is to provide easy to follow tips in areas of personal finance that are applicable to the average reader, to absorb ideas effectively, and also refer back to for easy reading.
This book can help you retire early, negotiate a pay raise, save money on home renovations, save money on your wedding, buy a home, become debt free, and more! And unique chapters on things like saving money at the grocery store, getting the most money out of travel and hotels, even how to make those most of launching your business idea!
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