Sharmen Lane – Author Interview

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

Giving You the WOW and the HOW: 44 Tips From the Millionaire Manicurist that will Change Your Life Now. It is all about giving the tools, tips and strategies to creating the life you want. It has some funny stories and relatable anecdotes from Sharmen’s life. It is a “fix-it” chronicle that gives readers the tools to “get from where you are to where you want to be.”

Tell us something about yourself.

I’m from a little city in Southern California called Lancaster. I was a high school dropout manicurist at 17 making about 20k a year and decided one day that I wanted more. I became a secretary for sales company, got turned down for a promotion but then was asked to train the person they hired. I started looking for a new job, found one… for another sales company. I realized these people were making 10, 20, 30 thousand dollars! more than me and they were not any smarter than me or work any harder than me. So one day I said, “I’m going into sales.” I figured if I failed and fell flat on my face I could always go back to being a secretary or manicurist. Over the next 8 years I made over about 4 million dollars, retired when I was 34 and went on to write and speak so I can share with other how to find and live their passion.

What inspired you to write this book?

I have lived a fairly interesting life. I give a whole new meaning to “dysfunction” My parents divorced when I was 2 and have since divorced another 8 people. 9 divorces so far. I decided that my history of abuse, divorce, dysfunction, etc didn’t have to determine my future. So I came up with processes, methods, action plans, tools to help others not have to learn the hard way.

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

I found an agent and we got a offer from Morgan James. They gave me a little more control over the editorial content but still provided guidance, direction and assistance on the actual publishing stuff.

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

Ever since I was a child I admired authors. Being a big reader myself I think I just liked writing world. One day I thought about what I wanted to write about. As ” foo foo” as it may sound, I meditated and the first 7 chapters of my first book came flooding into my mind. From there I just sat down and wrote every day. 7 months later it was finished.

What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?

Getting what sounds great in your head to sound great on paper. Speaking and writing are not quite the same. So I write what is in my head, then I clear my head and read it from an outsiders perspective to see if it makes sense. Sometimes I realized I have to give more details or fill the reader in on where I’m coming from.

How do you do research for your books?

I interview people, I send out queries, I talk to a lot of folks about a lot of stuff. I do internet research, read books and magazines to find the statistical or expert information I’m looking for. I’ve taken classes and gotten certifications in things just to make sure I know what I am talking about.

Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?

I learned that I knew a lot of stuff! I learned that I had a lot of tools that I used at one point of my life or another but forgot about or just put into the back parts of my brain and haven’t used in a while.

What are you reading now?

I am reading Joel Osteen’s It’s Your Life.

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

I like mostly non-fiction self help and fiction love stories. However my favorite author is Ayn Rand. I think she had a great way of combining philosophy with entertaining stories. For self help I like Mitch Albom. His material is short, sweet, to the point and valuable. He doesn’t drone on for days on end. He just makes the point and moves on. For romance… I have a few that I like, Nora Roberts. I liked Danielle Steel for a long time but they tend to have a pattern and many of her books are the same.

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

I have a few books that I am taking notes on. A relationship and dating guide and another self help that takes Giving You the WOW and the How to the next level.

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

Writing the book is the easy part… marketing and selling it is the hard part. First off have a clearly defined and laser targeted audience. It is much easier to sell when you have a fine tuned and SPECIFIC audience. Learn to market the book long before you ever write it, you will be very glad you did!

What are you doing to promote your latest book?

Radio interviews, TV interviews, blogging, book signings, speaking presentations, articles, press releases, etc. Have a publicist and an agent and am doing all I can to get the word out. .

Where can readers learn more about you and your book? and