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Interview with Joe Sinclair, author of Putting Life on the Finish Line

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When author Joe Sinclair turned sixty-two years old, he began his quest to run as many marathons as possible. Less than five years later, he has logged more than four thousand miles, participating in more than 150 marathons. In his memoir, Putting Life on the Finish Line, he tells his life story from his early years through his late sixties and details how he achieved his running goals.

Sinclair shares running’s rewards and challenges—crossing the finish line at the toughest marathon in America run entirely on asphalt; completing three marathons in three days in the hot July weather; fighting off attacks by vicious dogs during a lonely, rural, mountain marathon; and helping a struggling young marathoner achieve his very first marathon finish.

Offering personal secrets for success, tips and tricks, nutritional and fitness plans, pre-race plans, and inspiring stories, Putting Life on the Finish Line provides encouragement for those who believe they are too old to accomplish a dream. It shows that personal health and fitness is attainable at any age.

Question1: How did you come up with the title of your book?

The unique title was a thought about living a healthy life as a result of motivating myself to finish the tasks before me.

Question2: What is your writing environment like?

Very quiet environment. Much of my writing is done in the early morning hours.

Question3: What is your favorite quote?

I would love to run forever! Only God knows when that last marathon will come for me, but if the streets of Heaven are paved with gold, maybe one day you’ll find me running there! Why? It is my favorite because I must be the eternal optimist.

Question4: How has your upbringing influenced your writing?

I grew up in a family of educators who always encouraged me to strive for success in any task that I attempted.

Question5: What inspires you to write?

I like to share my running experiences and challenges hoping they would help to motivate others.

Question6: What do you consider the most challenging part about writing a novel, or about writing in general?

The most challenging part is organizing my thoughts and finding the time to put those thoughts into written form.

Question7: Did you learn anything while writing this book? If so, what was it?

I learned to become more self-disciplined and have more patience as I developed the book.

Question8: What have you done to promote this book?

News articles have been written and book signing events are being scheduled.

Question9: What are some of the best tools available today for writers?

For non-fiction publications, use of the latest technology and the availability of self-publishing companies are very helpful.

Question10: Is there anything else you would like to share?

Additional books are in the process of being published. The next non-fiction book is “The Marathon Called Educational Leadership.”


Joe Sinclair has had an education career that spanned more than forty-five years. He served as superintendent of schools in various North Carolina districts for more than twenty years. In 1992, he was selected as North Carolina’s Superintendent of the Year. He and his wife, Claryce, live in Statesville, North Carolina.


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