Elizabeth Lions – Author Interview

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

Recession Proof Yourself! is a short read for those in career transition during the tough econmic climate. This guide is designed to give practical, strategic steps to finding the job when the market seems daunting.

Tell us something about yourself.

I grew up in NJ, and at 18 left home to attend college at the University of Maine to pursue my degree in phychology. From 22-30, I lived on a sailboat and traveled 10,000 miles with my ex husband. Having lived in Mexico and traveled, by 30, I was ready to get serious about my career, and tripped and fell into a headhunting job, where I perfected my craft of counsiling, speaking and writing.

The book is a natural progress in my life, looking back. I was the freak child that was reading on a second grader’s level at three and speaking a foreign language for fun. No one knew what to do with me, exactly.

What inspired you to write this book?

Cancer.

I knew there were 15 millions people out of work, and I knew I had the solutions to getting them back to work.

I couldn’t sit around and feel sorry for myself, and didn’t want to.

The book was written and shelved a year before. I ended up with skin cancer and took a serious operation to my face and had a year of recovery. Each month I had another operation. My husband encouraged me to re-write the book and quit sitting around feeling sorry for myself.

In 2009, in my fortieth year, I ran a marathon, finishing and published my book and recovered from cancer.

How did you publish this book? Why did you decide on that publisher?

Due to the time sensitivity of the topic, and also not knowing how long I would live, I self published. I found a fantastic publishing company in Utah, which I would highly recommend.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

I didn’t set out to write. It just happened.

At ten years old, the teacher called my mother and asked if she knew about my homework assignment. The teacher further explained that I wrote about the last time I saw my grandfather before he died. Not only was the subject matter a bit advanced for a ten year old, but the quality of the writing itself was exceptional.

Looking back, that was my start.

What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?

Being vulernable. See blog under www.elizabethlions.com under a writers biggest fear.
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How do you do research for your books?

As a headhunter, I had all the research done for me as I met with people in job transition every day. I had interviewed and met with more than 4,000 hiring managers in the first three years of my job, so I knew what employer’s looked for and there was a pattern to follow.
To this day, I stay current by talking and interviewing people to understand who they are and what they need.

Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?

The lessons I learned are very deep.

I learned that I don’t live forever and of my mortality, so I wrote the book.

I learned how to leave something behind greater than myself.

I learned how to help others during the time of my own crisis.

I learned how to be self-less.

It was way more than research and a subject matter for me.

What are you reading now?

Two books – Change Everything and Everything Changes by Neal Diamond Walsh and I Don’t Want To Talk About It – by Terrance Real. A book on male depression.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?

Business books, leadership books, phychology books, some new age books.

Because I am business and I am about self improvement. My life has been a testomonial of that. The willingness I have to change and grow also allows me to be a clearer channel to my clients in my consulting practice. As good as I am to myself and learn, is as powerful as I can be to guide them through the change and job search process.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

The next book will be finished in a month.

This time it is for people that are employed, that will start looking for a job. Right Management stated that 60% of people are unhappy at work and will look for a new job in 2010. They will be afraid and not know how to go about it. They survived recession. In a sense, they are our country’s heros, keeping the wheels of business turning during a tough time.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

Surround yourself with people that are bettter than you.

What are you doing to promote your latest book?

I do all the marketing myself with a lot of success.

I have produced a marketing list and go after all targets in radio, TV and print.

To date, I’ve been written about in the IEEE-USA, Canadian Magazine, Yahoo Hot Jobs, Treehuger and the front page of the Sunday’s Philadelphia Tribune. I’ve also been featured in Pulse magazine.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

Please visit www.elizabethlions.com

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