My Video Interview with Author Ralph Keyes



Ralph Keyes (photographed by Nindie Silvie)

Ralph Keyes is a speaker, teacher and author of 15 books. His bestseller, Is There Life After High School? was made into a Broadway musical that is still produced in this country and abroad. His 1995 book, The Courage to Write, has become a fixture among aspiring writers. Ralph’s recent books have focused on language. Nice Guys Finish Seventh and The Quote Verifier explore the origins of quotations, with an emphasis on correcting misconceptions about who said what. I Love It When You Talk Retro is about “retroterms,” words and phrases that are rooted in our past. Here’s a quiz to test your RQ (retroterm quotient).

I really enjoyed The Quote Verifier because I am an avid quote tracker-downer. I’ve written posts about misattributed quotes by Marianne Williamson (not Nelson Mandela) and Kent M. Keith (not Mother Teresa).

I featured one of Ralph’s earlier books, Chancing It: Why We Take Risks, in an earlier post.

Keyes has also written hundreds of articles and essays for publications ranging from GQ to Newsweek. An article he co-authored won the McKinsey Award for Best Article of the Year in the Harvard Business Review.

In addition to writing, Keyes speaks to gatherings that range from professional, corporate and educational groups to ones for writers. As a teacher, he has taught courses on writing at a number of colleges and universities as well as at writer’s conferences.

Following early media appearances on The Tonight Show and All Things Considered, Keyes went on to appear on Oprah, The Today Show, ABC World News Tonight, and 20/20. People magazine has featured him twice.

Click here to visit Ralph’s website.

NOTE: The video quality in this interview is less than stellar. Skype is great for conducting video interviews but it’s far from perfect. Hope you enjoy it nonetheless!




As a bonus, here’s a five-minute video featuring Ralph talking about I Love It When You Talk Retro.

What, you want another bonus? Why didn’t you say so! Here is an essay Ralph wrote called Why I Write.

Click here to see all the video and audio interviews I’ve conducted.


Phil is the author of Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World, a comprehensive guide to living a spiritual life. Who will benefit from reading it?

Anyone who is on a spiritual path, or wants to start one
Anyone who loves life, or wants to learn how to
Anyone who is happy, or wants to be happier

To order your copy of Through God’s Eyes, go to OR order from Amazon at OR for an inscribed copy, click here to e-mail Phil for information.

Click here for more information about Through God’s Eyes.
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Through God’s Eyes won first place in the “Spirituality and Inspirational” category at the San Diego Book Awards on June 22, 2013.

Here is a two-minute video introduction to Through God’s Eyes.

Want to learn more about Through God’s Eyes? Here is a free 40-page PDF sampler from the book that includes:

• an overview of the book
• the complete table of contents
• the Foreword by Caroline Myss
• my Introduction
• chapter excerpts
• a sample end-of-chapter story
• endorsements from authors and thought leaders

Just click on the link below to download your free PDF sampler!


Phil’s eBook, The Logic of Living a Spiritual Life: Supporting a Life of Faith Through Logic and Reason, is now available for 99 cents on Amazon.

Order it at

In this eBook, you’ll find answers to questions like:
• What is the cornerstone of a spiritual life, and why?
• What is the secret to liberating yourself from other people’s judgments and expectations?
• Why is there an exception to “Everything happens for a reason”?

Those who worship logic instead of God are only half right. Not only is it logical to believe in God and to live a faith-based life, the existence of a loving, benevolent God that governs all creation is perhaps the only systematic worldview that explains every aspect of life.

Schedule a Mastery Mentoring phone session with Phil to learn how to apply principles of spiritual living more effortlessly and effectively. Priced affordably! Click here to e-mail Phil for details.

SiSe_fullcover_final.inddPhil is also the author of Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, a collection of 45 inspiring, life-changing stories from prominent people he interviewed, including Joan Borysenko, Deepak Chopra, geneticist Dr. Francis Collins, acclaimed sportswriter Frank Deford, Dr. Larry Dossey, Wayne Dyer, Dan Millman, Caroline Myss, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, Dr. Bernie Siegel, James Van Praagh, singer Billy Vera, Doreen Virtue, Neale Donald Walsch, and bassist Victor Wooten.

Here is a three-minute video that introduces you to Phil and his book. Click here to order Sixty Seconds. Click here to ask Phil to add you to his e-mail list for updates on his blog and books.

Reading this book is like spending a few minutes face to face with each of the contributors and listening to their personal stories. Click here to read unsolicited testimonials from readers. Learn more by visiting the official Sixty Seconds website.

Sixty Seconds was one of three finalists in the General Interest/How-To category at the 12th annual Visionary Awards presented by COVR (Coalition of Visionary Resources) in Denver on June 27, 2009.

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