As a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), I partner with individuals in a thoughtful and creative process to help them maximize their personal and professional potential.
As a non-fiction writer (The 4 Spheres of Intentional Living), I share insights and anecdotes for helping people to grow in physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual engagement.
As a fiction writer, I explore the perspectives, strengths, and flaws of regular people trying to find purpose and passion in a world constantly in flux.
My personal values influence all of my work and the manner in which I attempt to live each day:
* Striving for physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual health.
* Becoming more self-aware and joyful through ongoing mindfulness practices.
* Being kind and loving to people first and foremost, before any other agenda.
* Taking good care of people and resources that are entrusted to me.
* Learning as much as I can across disciplines, cultures, and geographies.
* Writing prose that echoes what human beings experience.
* Coaching and equipping people in a way that helps them thrive.
In the spring of 2016, I published the final volume of what I now call my “American Angst Trilogy.” You can find all of these books here on my web site. Here’s the novels and their themes:
Plot: Three Daytona Beach mothers/book club members head off on a weekend getaway and disappear, leaving husbands, children, and friends to sort through the voids, ambiguities, and personal growth needs left behind.
Key Themes: Disappointment; uncertainty; indoctrination or blind following; powerlessness; addiction; resiliency; marriage; children
Plot: A 29-year-old Nashville woman wanders into graduate school after her promising corporate career implodes, and becomes obsessed with finding a man she met at a wine tasting while simultaneously submitting herself to the fires of intense personal growth.
Key Themes: Victim mentality; self-stewardship as heroism; ambiguity; identity (one’s job, one’s land, one’s attachments); sensory awareness; wine quality justaposed with people quality; addiction/inner darkness
Plot: A day in the life of a married, suburbanite advertising executive (and disillusioned ex-playwright), as he teeters on an affair with his married neighbor and runs into people who challenge his thinking and explode his self-awareness.
Key Themes: Narcissism; negativity; compassion; mindfulness; vocational love; marriage; children
Please give the “trilogy” a try, and let me know if you resonate with one or more of the themes found in these books. Book reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, plus a post on Facebook and Instagram, earn you eternal entry into the John De Marco Gratefulness Hall of Fame as well as lifelong friendship!
In addition to my books, I’ve written thousands of newspaper and magazine articles, along with Web copy, scripts and blogs.
Please visit my Amazon Author Page and follow me on Twitter. You can also find me on Goodreads and Book Likes. For more on my executive coaching and leadership development work, please visit my LinkedIn profile.
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My latest posts
- Coaching to Vocation - One of my core values is striving to coach and equip people in a way that helps them to thrive, reaching and exceeding their personal and professional goals and discovering new ones along the way. I spend most of my time at work coaching people 1×1, and there’s nothing I love doing more as a […]
- Of Writing and Curiosity - One of my core values is writing prose that echoes what human beings experience. One particular mindset that is absolutely essential to such an effort is curiosity. We have much to learn from our pets, who are constantly exemplifying curiosity to us–sometimes to a fault, especially when it comes to dogs and table food or […]
- What Are You Reading? - Another one of my core values is learning as much as I can across disciplines, cultures, and geographies. And one of the chief ways I do that is through reading. I’ve read hundreds of books across my lifetime, spanning fiction and non-fiction, and have given away hundreds of these same books during seasons of de-cluttering […]
- Taking “Good Care” of Your Customers - One of my core values is striving to take good care of people and resources that are entrusted to me. I can think of many examples falling within both of these categories, but today I’m reflecting on the customers I work with in a career or leadership development capacity. Each week, I’m grateful for the […]
- Helping Others to Thrive - One of my core values is being kind and loving to people first and foremost, before any other agenda. When I’m at my best (and not saddled by some kind of fear, which may very well be the poisonous root at the bottom of every negative emotion), I am in a mindset of trying to […]