Date Published: August 24, 2021
Publisher: Hunter Street Press
Goal setting is not the answer to all life’s complications and hardships. It is a process to define what you want your life to look like, to be. Goal setting allows you to reflect, to be conscious about your choices, and helps prioritize your time and attention. The beauty is you do not have to wait for New Year’s Eve to begin! You can start any day, anywhere, any time. Become is a 24-week inspirational, goal setting, journal, which reminds you of your awesomeness and helps you focus on the good things in your life.
Can you tell us a little about the process of getting this book published? How did you come up with the idea and how did you start?
Become, a guided inspirational journal, is my third published work. The first two, Hopey and Counting Hope, were much different endeavors. The idea for the journal came to me while I was doing a career development and goal setting session with a mentee in late October 2020. I had used goal setting and journaling in my own life for some time and created a journal in a format that fit those practices best.
What surprised you most about getting your book published?
The journal formatting was the most challenging part of composing and publishing this work. We had a pretty large hiccup with the Advanced Reader Copy (ARC). The piece was too small, too thin, and the space to write for journalist was limited. We had to re-format mostly pages of lines and blank spaces, which is a different practice than formatting a traditional book.
Tell us a little about what you do when you aren’t writing
I am a pharmaceutical executive. I run my own consulting firm and I have launched a charity. I have four beautiful daughters, who as they grow continue to amaze me and I wonder how they turned out so awesome. I enjoy an incredible partnership with my husband, achieving a relationship I did not know was possible.
As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?
Launching my first memoir, Hopey, from commune to corner office, was a major milestone that still surprises me. However, the impact from both memoirs, and now the journal is the most pivotal. Inspiring people, letting them know they are valued and here to be loved, and are not alone is an unparalleled gift.
Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?
When I sit down to write, I just write. It simply flows in a way that I do not fully understand, nor control. Ideas percolate in my mind for weeks, months, and in my partial sleep, then when it comes time to write it just happens. I think it is sitting there in my subconscious waiting to be unleashed.
What is the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
“Hot Trash” A reader gave my first memoir a one-star review and labeled it “Hot Trash” on Amazon. This reader went on to purchase my second book and write a second one-star review for that work. This person, whom I know, hated the first work so much they felt compelled to buy the second simply to write a review. Who knows if they even read either book? I think that says more about the reviewer than me as an author, but is stings, and I think about it more than I would care to admit.
What has been your best accomplishment as a writer?
Reaching readers. Letting them know they are not alone, they are loved, amazing, and powerful human beings that deserve all the goodness and success the world has to offer. My favorite response I have received from several readers is: “Thank you for this book.”
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
Hunter Street Press is working with two authors right now. One is an exciting anthology temporarilty titled Brave Women at Work, Lessons in Perseverance. The second is too early to share. Personally I have three additional works in various stages of composition 1) an international spy thriller with a female protagonist 2) a career development workbook and 3) my fathers work who I committed to on his death bed that I would compose and publish for him.
www.hunterstreetcharity.com) and the Mueller Family Scholarship. She is an author, motivational speaker, and coach. Hope splits her time between Northern Illinois and Nevada with her f=husband, four daughters, and delightful grandson.
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