My most recent book…is really 2 books – a set. One is titled Awakening Outrageous Potential and it is written for the individual or employee. Book two of the set is titled Outrageous Potential Unleashed – Leadership Edition. It contains a management philosophy for creating a maximum performance organization. These books take a new look at achievement and offer a fresh approach to achieving better results.
Tell us something about yourself.
I am a Florida native with a lifelong curiosity for what makes people tick. I have written two prior books on how to hire high performers and the unique ‘attitude’ that all high performers share in common. I have a background in HR and recruiting. At one time I owned and operated an employment agency that specialized in placing managers in the service industry. When it comes to hiring…there are stories I could tell you.
What inspired you to write this book?
These two latest books have been itching to get out of me for a couple of years. Writing my first book, almost 10 years ago, was the toughest because I had never done it and wasn’t even sure I could. It took me more than 3 years to finish. It might have taken even longer if I hadn’t of had a publishing contract with a deadline date. After that, there was no question in my mind I could write. I’ve since discovered, through the feedback of others, that I am very good writer and excellent at making a point.
These most recent books were equal part content and design (not just content). Let me explain: I had always wanted to write a short, easy-to-read book that was very profound. It’s easier to write when you can use as many words as you want. In these books, I only allowed myself ONE page per point. The text went on the right side of the page and the main point (in a one sentence format) was the only thing written on the left-side page. I was inspired to write these books because of how strongly I feel about the message and the need for it to get out! I had seen this format before with another author and really liked it a lot.
How did you choose the titles?
I chose the titles more than a year beforehand when I went looking for available (keyword “available”) domain names that represented an idea I was batting around in my head. I reserved them back then and only decided they would make perfect book titles after I started writing.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
There are ALWAYS obstacles. It’s only when you make up your mind you ARE going to find a way to hurdle them all do you get to your goal. I had the one that every writer has…not enough time! I also had my own blocks and lack of creativity. On the “time” issue, even though I went slightly over deadline…I just kept plugging away until it was done to my satisfaction. I also said “No” to doing a lot of fun things. For the “creativity” challenge or when I got stuck, I’d take a walk outside (that works magic for me). I got in the habit of carrying a notepad and pen for when my brain started to flow.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
The funny thing is…I never wanted to be a writer. I didn’t even like English classes in high school, nor did I pay attention much. My grades reflected this. I became a writer because I had a topic I was passionate about and wanted to share it to wider audience. I’d have to say one of the best things I did was to speak on the topic before I would write about it. I would get the ‘bugs’ worked out in delivering the message before putting it down on paper. When people got a blank look on their face because they didn’t get it I would change how I said it until it resonated. I personally believe, in my case, it made for better books.
Do you have any writing rituals?
Munchies. When I write I plan to gain a few pounds and I allow that to be okay.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?
Self-improvement, educational and inspirational.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
Not at this time but I will continue writing books in this series with the same format…plus others.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
I’ve been published and have self-published. Learn the pros and cons of each and decide which is right for you for each book.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
These books are for any individual, or for every employee. They explain the fundamental process of achievement, and where it breaks down, in an easy-to-comprehend way. More importantly, these books offer a powerful wisdom for achieving better results…whatever the goal.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
PREVIEW “Awakening Outrageous Potential”: http://www.habooks.com/Awakening_Outrageous_Potential_7-page_Preview.pdf
PREVIEW “Outrageous Potential Unleashed – Leadership Edition”: http://www.habooks.com/Outrageous_Potential_Unleashed_7-page_Preview.pdf
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All of my books can be purchased at: www.HAbooks.com or at Amazon.com.
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