Writers Roundtable: An interview with NY Times bestselling author Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay

Tinker Lindsay
Tinker Lindsay
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Gay Hendricks

By Antoinette Kuritz and Jared Kuritz

Note: The authors will appear at a “Discussion & Signing” event at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore (7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111) on Saturday, March 1, at 2 p.m.

Co-authoring novels seems to be a trend. But so often in co-authored books, the reader can tell where one writer leaves off and the other begins – what elements are generated by each. From the blending of two disparate voices to agreement on plot and character development, co-authoring presents unique challenges.

But for screenwriter and Harvard graduate Tinker Lindsay and multi-New York Times bestselling relationship book author Gay Hendricks, these challenges seem non-existent.  And in The Third Rule of Ten, the third book in their Tenzing Norbu mystery series, they once again give the reader a multi-layered novel in which a compelling and sympathetically flawed hero takes center stage in a book you won’t want to put down.

How did they come up with an ex-Buddhist Monk private eye as their character?  Why did they decide to write together?  How did they blend their male and female voices to create such a compelling hero?  Enjoy their answers to these questions and more – and then get to know Tenzing Norbu in all three of the books in this series.

For Gay:

You were, I believe, a college professor.  You left your position to form The Hendricks Institute.  What prompted such a leap?  And did you do so before or after your first successful book?

Yes, I was a professor of Counseling Psychology for 21 years at University of Colorado. After we wrote Conscious Loving in ’90 and got on Oprah a couple of times, we were off and running on a seminar/lecture career that has taken us around the world a million frequent flyer miles worth. I loved my university career, but I haven’t missed giving tests and grades.

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Tell us a bit about your work through The Hendricks Institute.

The Hendricks Institute offers seminars and training programs in the Conscious Loving approach to relationship enhancement. We train about 100 professionals a year in our training program, and several thousand more each year in our relationship seminars.

There is no doubt you are a successful psychologist and relationship coach.  How has your work been informed by your personal relationship?  And how has your relationship been informed by your success as a psychologist and coach?

Since 1980, my relationship with my wife, Kathlyn (known to friends as Katie), has been the greatest source of inspiration and learning I could have ever imagined. Our work and our home life are one and the same; we’re both passionately dedicated to helping people have great relationships.

How natural was the transition to writer for you?

I’ve been writing stories, plays, newspaper articles and other things since I was a kid. Writing for me is both a form of high play and a business at the same time. I actually went for a teaching career, instead of the more lucrative private practice route many of my colleagues chose, so I could have plenty of time for writing.

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