Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Hi! I’m Karen Putz (yes, I married a Putz–he’s a nice one!). I’m the author of eleven books. I’ve wanted to be an author of multiple books since I was eleven years old, but I didn’t start writing my first book until I was 44!
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My “masterpiece” is my book, Unwrapping Your Passion, Creating the Life You Truly Want. It was inspired by my experience of re-discovering my passion for the sport of barefoot water skiing–a sport that I loved when I was a teenager. I got back on the water at the age of 44 and the minute I put my feet on the water, the old passion came flooding back. I studied the topic of passion and put everything I learned into a book so I could help others unwrap their passion, too.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I write in the bathtub. Yup, that’s right. I get a big bowl of popcorn and a nice drink and sink into the tub with my phone. I talk sweetly to Siri and she writes for me. When I’m done, I email the document and then edit it on my laptop. It’s the fastest, most relaxing way to write a book.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I’ve been influenced by Dan Miller, author of “48 Days to the Work You Love” and several other books. Dan has been a personal mentor as well.
Another big influence is Kevin Hall, author of “Aspire.” His book is a life guide based on 11 words to live by.
Yet another book that inspired me: “The Passion Test” by Janet and Chris Attwood. Janet co-wrote the foreword for my book.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on my own story–of becoming deaf from a fall while barefoot water skiing. I also have two commissioned books that I’m working on.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
My best method to promote my books is asking people to take creative pictures with my book. This increases exposure and word of mouth sharing. I have pictures of my book next to a seaplane, in a helicopter, on a jet ski, on a goat farm, and on a sailboat in the ocean. I use those photos over and over on social media.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
A book is a business. There’s no way around that. YOU are the greatest promoter of your own book. Pull your sleeves back and dig in–commit to promoting your book for the next five years. Connect and collaborate with other authors to cross promote.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
You don’t have to be an expert to write your book. You can learn what you need to know in the process, and share that journey with your readers. Many people are intimidated about writing a book because they think they aren’t knowledgeable enough about a topic, so they never write. You can learn as you write!
What are you reading now?
I’m reading “Minimalism,” because I need to purge in all areas of my life. I want to gain more time freedom.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m expanding into online courses–turning my books into interactive courses. I find that I’m tapping into new audiences this way.
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?
Oooooo, a tough question! Here we go:
Aspire, by Kevin Hall.
No More Dreaded Mondays, by Dan Miller
and two blank journals so I can continue to write.