About Dennis Mansfield
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. I've owned several small companies and have coached business owners as well as individuals. While doing that, I've run several people for elective office, serving as well as a lobbyist for different conservative interests.
Q. Favorite job
A. I love being an author. I love coaching, through my writing.
Q. High school and/or college
A. I am the Two-year Man! Two years at Mt. Clemens High School, Michigan. Two years at West Covina High School, California. I attended the US Military Academy, West Point, NY for two years and then completed my final two years of college, gaining my degree at Califronia Polytechic University, Pomona, Ca.
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. Two: George Frideric Handel and Keith Green
Q. Favorite movie
A. Three: Citizen Kane, Man Who Shot Liberty Valance & Tombstone
Q. Favorite television show
A. Two: The Simpsons and Meet The Press
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. Mine is a passionate life of progress.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. I am a creative, complete and connected man.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Happiness is not what I desire. Joy is. Joy comes from being thankful for all that we have AND all that we do not have. My joy comes from appreciating God's love and His faithfulness to each of us - even when we don;t believe in Him.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. It used to be the death of one of my children. When my son, Nate, died, I had to come to grips with that fear, embrace it and realize that it no longer has power over me.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Right where I am in Idaho. It's beautiful, wild and wonderful. I've traveled the world and love Israel and Europe, but Idaho has its arms around my shoulders, welcoming me home from each international trip.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. They were amazing adventurers who scientifically discovered the land that became western America's homes, farm and cities. Their co-leading of the Corps of Discovery is a great example of leadership for each of us today.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. My bride, Susan. She was the first of her family line to graduate from college and to teach school. She married me with only a vision and a series of vague goals and has helped me turn those into life-changing eternally impactful accomplishments.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. I don't use over used words or phrases. I find them to be too over used and when I attempt to overuse the word "overuse" I realize that it may come off over used....tee hee. (Read my books and YOU tell me!)
Q. What do you regret most?
A. I have learned to regret nothing. Past bad decisions are deeply powerful teachers for the present and future.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. I think I'd like to paint. That would be so much like writing. The word pictures as an author would become shaded images on the canvas. I think that would be really creative.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. In years past I would have offered up political examples, business projects or something I did when I was a Christian leader in the 1990's. But like Bill said to Socrates as Ted listened on, "All they are is dust in the wind, dude, dust in...in..the..wind". No, my greatest accomplishment is in loving my bride as Christ loves His church. Either faith is real and lasts eternally or there is no prupose in living on this earth for even the 70 or 80 years we may have. The best is yet to come.
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. I can be a real jerk when I'm tired. "Putting Dennis to sleep" has a whole new meaning when I'm an idiot. Ha.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. Like a floating Ed Wynn bumping up against the ceiling in Mary Poppins' magical world, I love to laugh. I am also an encourager.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. I'm grateful I am me.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. I think my eyes are fairly noticeable, when people meet me. I love to speak through my eyes.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Tom Doniphon - the actual "Man who shot Liberty Valance".
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Vito Corleone from The Godfather.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. I'd like to meet Mark Twain. I'd ask him why he REALLY waited for a century to have his Autobiography published - with all his straight forwardness during his lifetime, why did he fail in his courage to tell people what he really thought of them and their lives when he was alive? May we all have "short accounts" with people today, during our lifetimes.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. It's a simple theological one. Religious people read on, non-religious people skip this. Scripture quotes Jesus as saying that "where ever two or more are gathered, there am I". He was clearly talking about establishing truth as the Old Testament directed the Jews to do (hence the two or more witnesses). He IS Truth. Therefore he is there with them, establishing himself. BUT Christians often say, "Hey we have two or more among us, Jesus is here." Hmm. So when i was alone and prayed to him too enter my life, I should have had one or two more people with me? Hmm. It's a wee bit ill-thought-out, I'd say.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. I love to Coach people. Business or personal coaching is a wonderful thing to see change people's lives.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. I live my life. There is nothing better than what I do and who I am in doing it.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. I appreciate vulnerability, brokenness and healing.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. C'mon on, did you even have to ask that? In-N-Out Double-Double with fries and lemonade. That's what a hamburger's all about!
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. Beautiful Boy by John Lennon, Immigrant's Song by Led Zeppelin, Asleep in the Light by Keith Green, What a Wonderful World by Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole, The Alamo Theme - the Green Leaves of Summer by Dimitri Tiomkin & Paul Francis
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Tim Sanders Brock and Bodie Thoene John Eldredge Bobb Biehl Randy Alcorn Mario Puzo Mark Burnett Edmund Morris CS Lewis Stephen Ambrose
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. The Bible US Grant's Autobiography Love is the Killer App by Tim Sanders Washington by Meg Greenfield Heaven by Randy Alcorn
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. Heaven by Randy Alcorn
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Write every day: journal, blog or dull a pencil, but write every day.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. "I started reading Beautiful Nate and didn't stop till the book was finished."