Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m the author of “The Magnetic Advantage: How Great Companies Attract, Retain and Engage the Best People.” This is my first book, which is designed to help business leaders improve profits through great people management. My slogan is a quote by Zig Ziglar “You don’t build a business – you build people – and people build the business.”
After 20 years working for a successful pharmaceutical startup turned multi-million dollar company I became a Ziglar Legacy Certified speaker and trainer. Combining Ziglar principles with my own corporate experience and research, I’m now focused on helping entrepreneurs, small business owners, and struggling organizational leaders realize their full potential.
I’m a wife, mom, and business owner, and love the craziness of it all! I live in Birmingham, Alabama with my husband Mike. We have a blended family with six kids: Cori, Stephen, Kristin, Madeline, Jacob, and Sean. I love animals, especially my dog, Bryant.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
We live in a time where the economy is booming and unemployment is at record lows. For many business leaders, their greatest challenge is recruiting and retaining talent. I wrote “The Magnetic Advantage” to help business leaders attract top talent, retain employees, and engage their workforce.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
My most unusual habit is that my dog generally sits with me while I write. Not on the floor, but in my lap. When that gets uncomfortable, I place him on a blanket on my desk. He’s not happy if he is not right there with me! Plus, he is calming and gives me company during the long hours of writing.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I’m a Zig Ziglar speaker, so I have to say that he is the most influential author for me. In second place, is Jim Collins, author of “Built to Last” and “Good to Great”.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on spreading the word about “The Magnet Advantage”. I would like to produce training and resources around the book as well. No plans for a second book at this time.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
The place where I’m having the most fun promoting my book is Goodreads. I love connecting with others who love books.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Expect this to be a long process. We live in a world where everything is instant, and book production and promotion is a slower process.
I recommend that you start developing followers on social media and email while you are writing your book. This will make the marketing process easier and more successful for you. Marketing is 50% of the success of the book.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Zig Ziglar wrote that you can have everything that you want if you’ll just help enough people get what they want. I find that this is so true. When I give, I receive much more in return.
What are you reading now?
I generally have books in multiple formats going at the same time. On Kindle, I’m reading “Relationships 101: What Every Leader Needs to Know by” John Maxwell. On Audible, “Exit Unicorns” by Cindy Brandner. In paperback, “Simplify” by Bill Hybels.
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?
The Bible, the book that I’m currently reading, and my Kindle. 🙂