Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I just published my first book (besides a dissertation- in which I would die if that was the only thing I published in my life.) However, I have 8 books on my hard drive that I’m determined to finish in 2018.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
What to do when you feel stuck in your career: Getting off the hamster wheel and out of the box
This book is inspired by my journey from tenure-track professor to film score composer and finally, entrepreneur. It was a difficult transition for me, but I’m hoping that my book can help others navigate their own big life changes.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Academia really ruined my writing, so I often have to have conversations with others to keep my style casual and free of jargon.
I also have found that blogging to be helpful. That’s how I came up with the content for this book.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
James Altucher’s “Choose Yourself” really changed my life… I wish I could “Marty McFly” myself back 20 years and make some major changes. Ha ha!
I consider myself a personal and professional development “junkie,” but this book changed my life in a major way.
What are you working on now?
I have about 8 unfinished books that I have to stop “procrastabranding.” I really just want to create, connect, and help people. I have to stop worrying about cover design, opt-ins, and URLS.
I am also a consultant and business coach for yourworkliferevolution.com, thesolopreneurstrategist.com, and Brainiac Bundles (where I put together joint-venture bundle sales).
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’ll let you know. This is my first book.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Read Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Big Magic.” She really got me to realize that writing a book is simply ‘creating a thing’ and not being so worried about the external rewards that will follow.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Choose yourself (which definitely applies to the self-publishing industry… Instead of waiting around for a publishing deal, simply open up a Word document, and start writing!)
What are you reading now?
At least 5 books:
1. Pop: Create the perfect pitch, title, and tagline for anything by Sam Horne
2. I need your love, is that true? by Byron Katie
3. Entre-balance by Jared Polek
4. Expert Secrets by Russell Brunson
5. Dot com Secrets by Russell Brunson
What’s next for you as a writer?
It’s my mission to finish the 8 half-finished books I have floating around on my desktop computer. I just need to create, connect, and GET THEM OUT THERE.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Choose Yourself by James Altucher
Expert Secrets by Russell Brunson
She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb