T. Murray – Stuck on Stupid

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

The second book in the Stuck on Stupid Book Series is Stuck on Stupid: A Guide for Today’s Professional Stuck in a Rut. This book is for any professional who has a job they hate, is experiencing unnecessary frustration at work, longs to start their own business or make a drastic career change, or can no longer find the motivation for the daily grind of a job. The book takes a candid look at sticky situations that many professionals face along their career paths. For the reader who feels they are on professional pause, the book offers Unstuck Success Stories from the likes of a former CEO who left corporate America behind to run a non-profit that now helps people around the world to the young man who worked his way up from the mailroom to a management position despite the odds. Whether you find yourself in a rut during a time of uncertainty and unemployment or wondering how long you will stay stuck on the same rung of the corporate ladder, this book is for you.

Tell us something about yourself.

I have always had a love of writing. My first book, Frogs and Other Poems was written as part of the Young Authors program when I was in 3rd grade in Hampton, Virginia. I kept writing here and there throughout my college career at Spelman and Georgia Tech. It was after I graduated that I began to freelance write for various sites and in 2006 launched the “Get Unstuck” brand of self help guides – Stuck on Stupid Books. The first book in the series, Stuck on Stupid: A Guide for Today’s Single Woman Stuck in Yesterday’s Stupid Relationships, addressed love and dating for women.

What inspired you to write this book?

The first book was for women and I felt that the second book in the Stuck on Stupid Book series needed to have a broader appeal. With the current state of the economy and it’s impact on the job market there are many people who feel they are on pause when it comes to their profession. While some are without a job, many are stuck in jobs they can’t stand. The book tackles all of the scenarios that a working professional might be facing in terms of being stuck. This is a topic I can also relate to having spent 10+ years in corporate America and also launching a business and book series. I share aspects of my unstuck success story as well.

How did you choose the title?

I chose “Stuck on Stupid” as the name for the book series because I wanted something to grab attention. I took some inspiration from the “For Dummies” books as well, though my books are more “self help” than “how to.” The acronym for Stuck on Stupid is S.O.S. which is the universal distress call, this was another reason for the title. I think many times when we are “stuck” in a situation we feel as though we are in distress. Most people have been stuck in some aspect of their lives, whether it be a bad relationship, stuck with a dissatisfying job or stuck with bad decisions when it comes to finances. It is the distress call we hear within that urges us and motivates us to get unstuck!

What did you do differently with the second book in the series?

One of the new additions to the second book in the Stuck on Stupid Book Series are the Unstuck Success Stories. I interviewed real people who had made career changes of all types. I think that in the first book I pointed out problems, but did not offer any positive stories to counterbalance all of the “stuck” scenarios. The Unstuck Success Stories offer first hand advice from people who have made a positive career change at a time when they could have chosen to stay stuck.

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

Some of the best advice I can offer writers is to stick with your projects. Many times we get an idea and begin to write, but at some point lose steam. It happens to all writers. Some call it “block.” No matter what you call it, you have to beat it. Even if finishing the project means having the flexibility to modify the direction of the book, make the adjustments that will allow you to achieve your primary goal of getting the book in the hands of readers.

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

The perfect reader for my book is anyone in need of a “wake up call” when it comes to career. It is also a good read for someone on the cusp of a career change or who is looking for the inspiration to figure out their next move. The humor in the S.O.S. scenarios make the book an easy read and the Unstuck Success Stories will give the uncertain reader the motivation to make some key decisions about their career path.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

Readers can find out more about Stuck on Stupid: A Guide for Today’s Professional Stuck in Rut at www.StuckonStupidBooks.com. They can follow the book series and learn about upcoming events and press at www.FaceBook.com/StuckonStupidBooks and Twitter.com/SOSBooks