Hero Interview from The Dance by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley

» Posted on May 30, 2013 in Blog | 8 comments

This week I’m hosting  Eileen Rife with Laughing with Lily (U.S. only for drawing), Dan Walsh (and Gary Smalley) with The Dance (U.S. only), and Harry Kraus with An Open Heart (Canada and U.S. only) . If you want to enter the drawings for the books, please leave a comment on one of the post during the week with your email address. I will not enter you without an email address (my way to contact you if you win). If you don’t want to leave an email address, another way you can enter is to email me at margaretdaley@gmail.com. The drawings end Sunday (June 2nd) evening.

9780800721480_p0_v2_s260x420Interview with the hero (Jim Anderson) from The Dance by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley:

1. Jim, tell me the most interesting thing about you.

I know how to make money, how to grow a business, how to set goals and achieve them, how to persuade people to do what you want them to do. But none of this matters now because, it’s becoming clear to me, I don’t know how to love my wife.

2.  What do you do for fun?

I am an amazing golfer. Seriously, with a little more time and a little more practice I think I could earn a spot on the Senior PGA tour.

3.  What do you put off doing because you dread it?

Communicating with my wife or my kids―who are all adults now―at a heart level. I’d rather do almost anything else but that.

4.  What are you afraid of most in life?

Failing…at anything. Second to that, people seeing me fail.

5.  What do you want out of life?

Up until a short while ago, I would have said “success.” Now I would say, I want my wife back beside me and happy to be with me again.

6.  What is the most important thing to you?


7.  Do you read books? If so, what is your favorite type of book?

I’ve never made time for books in my life, unless it’s a book everybody is buzzing about in the business world. Recently, I picked up a book my wife put on my nightstand several months ago about how to find happiness in your marriage. It’s a hard read. Maybe painful is a better word.

8.  If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

That I would be a better listener and learn to hear people’s hearts, not react so quickly to things they say.

9.  Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?

No. When my kids were little they always wanted a dog, but I always said no. I think that was a mistake.

10. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?

I would go back to my wedding day, and when it came time for the bride and groom to dance their first dance, I would immediately stand up, take Marilyn’s hand and lead her to the center of the dance floor.


  1. Such open & honest answers. Very interesting.

  2. I LOVED this book. It’s a little different then some of Dan Walsh’s other books but once I realized that I was engrossed with the story. I am sure whoever wins this will have an enjoyable read. Dan Walsh has hit another home run and this time has Gary Smalley along for the ride. 🙂

    😀 Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

  3. I have been following Dan’s writing since he was a pastor! His books are entertaining, yet the message of the gospel comes through so that you are at the same time, challenged!

    Thanks, Dan! And thanks to you, Margaret for the drawing!

  4. I enjoyed the interview, I learned a couple of things – listen with the heart – very good point !! and being afraid to fail – May be a common feeling – I know I worry about that sometimes, but I’ll atleast try … Thanks for the chance to win a great prize !! Rosemary. rfoley@salemstate.edu

  5. I have been following Dan’s writing…..love all his books! Thanks for the chance to read this one!

  6. I know this interview is with Jim, a character in my book. Feel free to ask me any questions if you’d like.

    • What is it like for you? To me, it seems so daunting and scary to actually go for it ..and write books. Does it flow easy for you? What made you start doing it ? Can you get AWAY from it…when you’re not writing, or are you always “in” it? I so admire you…your books reel us in…from the beginning..not the usual ” waiting period”…and “Ah! Now the book is getting interesting! ” thank you thank you thank you..for just being so REAL for the rest of us.

  7. Fun hobby

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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