Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
At an early age I became aware that I had a natural ability to listen to people non-judgmentally as well as a desire to be of service to others. In my life as an educator, a career counselor and a coach, I have been able to marry my fascination with people’s stories with my deep interest in the world of work. For more than 20 years, I have been helping Pacific Northwest clients find their ideal careers. I created CAREER QUEST CARDS to offer career seekers a practical, portable career-building tool with a distillation of 30 key career-coaching exercises (now available as an app for android, iPhone, iPad or Kindle Fire. Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work is my first book.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My newly published book is Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work. I wrote it because I felt that a comprehensive career development book for the 21st century was needed to address the critical concerns of our time—the workers who are victims of downsizing and outsourcing, the “boomers” who are at retirement age but cannot afford to retire and the recent college graduates who are faced an avalanche of confusing information and are clueless about how to pursue an appropriate career path. Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work uniquely incorporates the methodologies and plans of action that are applicable now for a new generation of career seekers in a new economy and a quickly changing marketplace.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I like to listen to classical music in the background wen I write. .
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Some of the books that have influenced my writing Champion Your Career are:
What Color is Your Parachute by Dick Bolles;
Zen and the Art of Making a Living – L. Boldt
I could do anything if I only knew what is was – B. Sher
Authentic Happiness – Martin P. Seligman
What are you working on now?
Promoting my book, ebook, app and Career Quest Cards.
I am also thinking about doing a CD to accompany my book.and creating another app for Retirement.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Social media sites – including – Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn
BookBaby.com, Bublish and some others.
I plan to do some radio and TV interviews as well as book talks and will be pounding the pavement going to college bookstores and college libraries to ask them to carry the book.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep at it and don’t give up. It took me from the idea to actual completion of the book, more than 5 years.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
My mothers advice and favorite quote – I heard many times growing up and into my adulthood – If there is a will, there is a way – if you want to you can do it – and there is no such word as can’t;.
What are you reading now?
Historical Fiction and Books on how to create a vibrant retirement.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I am already starting to think of how I can revise and update the book to keep it current.
What is your favorite book of all time?
The Red and the Black – Stendhal
Brideshead Revisited – E. Waugh
Sense and Sensibility – J. Austin