This is the first book for Molita Powell. Her career has taken her from San Diego, California to Dallas, Texas. She has worked in small, medium and large companies across several industries and witnessed the growth, re-organization and demise of some of those companies. Others are struggling to keep up with competition and with the changing tides of the economy.
1. How did you come up with the title of your book?
The title is a direct question for which I was looking for answers. The subtitle was an addition as I found myself answering the questions I wanted to ask some of the folks who’ve been unemployed for an extended period of time.
2. What is your writing environment like?
I write mainly at nights–mostly all through the night into the early morning.
3. What is your favorite quote? Why?
My all-time favorite quotes are ‘A silent tongue tells a wise head’ and ‘A word to the wise is enough.’
4. How has your upbringing influenced your writing?
I am much disciplined and was instilled with morals and values that keep me grounded. I think that helped me to stay motivated and stay the course considering I was doing something I’ve never ventured into before.
5. What inspires you to write?
I like to share info and have mostly done that via spoken words or in emails. Writing is another outlet for me to relax.
6. What do you consider the most challenging part about writing a novel, or about writing in general?
When I write, I’m always thinking about the audience and want to provide them with new information or at least challenge them to think differently about something they already know. This in itself is a challenge as we live in a world of information that is easily accessible to anyone. We are also surrounded by distractions, so the key is to know how to hold their attention and keep it.
7. Did you learn anything while writing this book? If so, what was it?
In writing this book, learnt about writing, formatting, editing, and publishing. I learnt that I’m not one to give up when things got rough. I had to learn its okay to take a break and come back with fresh ideas, and also to be patient.
8. What have you done to promote this book?
I have been selling copies of my books to friends, past and present co-workers. I’ve promoted on Facebook and LinkedIn, and mostly word and mouth. Currently, I am utilizing the services of PumpUPYourBook.com and will be submitting to the 2013 IPPY (Independent Publisher Book Awards) in three categories.
9. What are some of the best tools available today for writers?
As someone who is new to the writing world, I am still learning. Since I’ve published my book, I’ve met a few other published authors and we discuss our experiences going through the process of getting published and marketing. The self-publishing companies do have a lot of free tools, tips, blogs and writing community that are useful.
10. Is there anything else you would like to share?
I really enjoyed writing this book. It is nothing like I envisioned when I first started, but I’m proud of the final product. It is my hope that this book will reach many readers and it will be of value to them in helping them change their internal dialogue that may be holding them back from being where they want to be.