Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’ve been a Project Manager, Portfolio Manager, Program Manager, Business Analyst and Strategic Planner for more than 16 years. While I have published two fiction series under pen names, I have one complete nonfiction series, “Everything’s a Project (and Everyone’s a Project Manager)” already available on Amazon, and am currently halfway through my second series, entitled “Get Ahead of Your Time.” I am using my many years of experience, ups, downs, trials and errors to pass project management and time management expertise along to anyone who can use the knowledge I have to help them. I am eager to give back!
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
“Get Ahead of Your Time Book 2: Evaluate What Is & Isn’t Working” is the 2nd in my four-book “Get Ahead of Your Time” series, in which I use my own homegrown process improvement methodology to help people learn how to pull themselves out of the Overwhelm (overwhelming situations) they are in and make their lives better one triumph at a time. This comes after years of teaching people using these techniques, so there are lots of anecdotes, case studies and my own personal examples. Once again, I just want to help people…to give back using what I have learned over many years!
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I write in fits and spurts. Rarely does a whole book come out in a handful of days. It’s more like, I’ll write a chapter like mad ’til it’s finished, and then time passes before the next chapter gets written.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I’m encouraged by, and receive fantastic insights from, the likes of Brian Tracy, Tony Robbins and Steve Scott.
What are you working on now?
The third book in my “Get Ahead of Your Time” series. It’s Book 3: Propose a Solution.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I don’t have an answer for this yet. This promotion I’m doing for the free copy of the first book of my first nonfiction series (“Everything’s a Project (and Everyone’s a Project Manager) Book 1: Introduction” is free on Amazon.com from August 30 through September 3rd) will probably answer this question. 🙂
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t think you know it all. Don’t think you can just do whatever you want. Writing is not an “anyone can do it” thing. Just because you snap off tweets without thought doesn’t mean you’re a writer. Join writing groups. Read books that teach you the craft of writing. Treat writing like you would treat any other creative endeavor. You can’t play in a symphony orchestra the first time you pick up the flute. You can’t play Mozart the first time you sit down in front of a piano. You can’t be Picasso the first time you pull out a paintbrush and put it to canvas. You can’t be a professional dancer just because your hubby thinks your moves in the living room while you’re drunk and jamming to 80s hair bands are fly. Writing is a craft you must learn, practice and improve. It takes talent, just like music takes talent. Anyone can play a violin…but can they bring you to tears like Joshua Bell? Anyone can be a ballet dancer…but can they tear your heart out like Mikhail Baryshnikov? Anyone can “sing,” but do they hold a candle to the cast of “Phantom of the Opera” or Josh Groban or Ed Sheehan? The advice is this: Understand that writing, just like any other profession, takes training.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Plot your book out before you write it. You’ll need the roadmap when the going gets tough.
What are you reading now?
I just finished “It Ends With Her” by Brianna Labuskes. Before that I enjoyed Patricia Cornwell’s “Ripper” and “Interference” by Amelie Antoine.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m looking to finish up my “Get Ahead of Your Time” series within the next couple of months, and then I’ll probably be putting some more fiction out there. Currently I have the “Takers” series under my pen name Chris Davis, and the “Morph” series under the pen name Amanda J. Banner. I have a few new novels laying around that are itching to see the light of day!
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?
My favorite all-time book, “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett, to start. After that I’d probably choose novelizations of “Murder, She Wrote” because I can’t get enough of Jessica Fletcher no matter how many times I’ve seen those episodes!