2017is off to a great start. The Kim Sisters was featured in an overseas documentary. In February, documents were signed to bring the story to an Off-Broadway musical production. I’ll be serving as an executive producer and screenplay advisor which means a few trips to New York. Around this time, Joel Osteen was intrigued enough by Sue Kim’s story to have her at the event in Las Vegas in February, where he met the entire family. The pictures showed how much fun they had, which was great.
Destined for You, the second book in the Danielle Grant series, set in Zurich, Switzerland released in the spring. Now an engaged mother, her life meets with tragedy and she endures the challenges of grieving, mothering, and finding a past love. The final installment is planned for early 2018, but I love the story line so much, I may move it up a bit:)
In a Moment, released early summer. While all of my books in this genre are influenced by personal events in my life, this one is closer to my heart than the others. As my agent often says, truth is stranger than fiction, and a lot of times, it’s not “believable.” Well, that adage will be put to the test, because the best lessons are learned from real life events, and I hope my readers will be as intrigued with this book as I have been in writing it.
The long-awaited second installment in my time-travel adventure series Chambers is nearing completion. Book 2, Chambers: The Spirit Warrior is set for late fall. I adore the cover and can’t wait for editing to be complete
Now to trade and non-fiction.
I’m thrilled to announce the first book in a three-part series: Last One Standing: Why some succeed where others fail. Over two decades, I’ve been intrigued by this very question. I’ve seen those with Ivy league degrees and wonderful resumes get fired while others with no degree and little more than determination and a good attitude succeed. After interviewing those considered successful by the world (money, position, revenue), I found a number of common denominators (20 in fact).It was a joy to curate the stories of events that developed the characters of the individuals profile, most of whom have never before talked to the media. From executives to billionaires, their stories were intriguing, at times heartbreaking but all motivating.
The 10th Anniversary Edition of The Overlooked Expert will be released October of 2017, a timely revised and rewritten version, with more than a dozen new examples of individuals who had skillsets previously overlooked–until each had an A-Ha moment of self-realization. Two dozen individuals from a cross section of industries and skills turned their knowledge and know-how into thriving profitable businesses, most without any up front costs, many working from home and even some keeping their full-time careers. With an uncertain economy staring us in the face (as it did in 2008 and 2000 prior to that) the time was right to issue a guide to earning additional income.
Next in line is a personal favorite, Author Straight Talk: The possibilities, pit-falls, how-to’s and tribal knowledge from someone who knows. Think of all the information that comes from nine years of writing fiction and 18 yrs writing trade, along with dealing with mainstream & self publishers, Hollywood producers, Broadway musicals, agents, editors, attorneys, other authors and everything in between. Had this type of book been around when I was starting, mid-way through, or even now, I’d pick it up and read it. Why? Because maybe–just maybe–I would have listened to someone else’s hard earned experience and adapted my own decision-making and writing process. Even if I didn’t, at least I’d know what I was getting in for, and set my expectations better.
This isn’t a compilation of other author’s experiences, though I cite (the few) author’s who were and are brave enough to go on the record. It’s mostly my knowledge, given in the ways I’ve answered questions over the years, in a Q & A question format by category. 145 to date. I’ve also included contracts–real, legitimate contracts–along with just about every other document I’ve used, sans the ones where I was precluded by a confidentiality agreement. For those, I have sections excerpted with annotations. I’m striving for winter 2018, but I keep getting more questions! We’ll see if I can stay under 325 pages.
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