Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
This is my first book on Amazon. I've done mostly technical writing and screenplays.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My new book is called, Successful Stress Management. I am inspired by all the tired workers out there, always guilty and thinking they should be doing better. But we are facing real problems with time, which is not to be laid at the door of the worker, but rather lagging structures of organization, like an 8-hour day, which had its inception with Ford in 1914 – before cars, computers, women on the job market, even before universal education for children. I feel strongly these structures must adjust to allow people the opportunity for adequate rest and self-development, and reproduction of society. Chronic stress can really take people apart. Preserving health and sanity is paramount when you look at the statistics linking depression and a whole host of stress-related ills to overwork. Really interesting new research about the brain. And we are now at a point we can hack our brains and bodies to better benefit us. There are great methods and techniques, based on stress and performance science, proven to be effective for stress. Everything narrows when you are under stress – it robs you of focus and energy. I did a high performance course years ago, and it was the most valuable thing I ever did. I want to make sure people know they have options which can bring real results.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I never stop. I always have a notebook with me, and make notes. I'll be driving and have to stop the car, to make notes. I wish I could write all the stories and ideas that flow through my mind.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Campbell – The Power of Myth, Tolkien, Dickens, Pico Iyer – The Global Soul, Terry Pratchett, Minette Walters – it's eclectic.
What are you working on now?
I tend to write serious things, so right now I am just enjoying my imagination with a screenplay – A Romeo and Juliet set in the future, in a world divided by behavioral modification and genetic enhancement.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Get Focused and Don't sell Time for Money. I've been writing for many years and too much of my writing has been a skill sold, instead of a meaning negotiated at good value.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
"It's good enough. Send it."
What are you reading now?
Minette Walters – Fox Evil
What is your favorite book of all time?
It's a tie between my childhood favorite Ender's Game and my adult favorite; Letters to a Young Poet, by Rainer Maria Rilke.
Author Websites and Profiles
Charlotte Raines Amazon Profile