What inspired you to write this book?
At the time I wrote TMoB, I was very active in the business community of Missoula, Montana and shared a working partnership with the University of Montana’s School of Business Administration. We were developing a networking program between the SoBA and the business community and my then-husband suggested I write a book that encapsulated the topics we planned to include in the networking program. Not only is TMoB aimed at those who are new to business, it’s also a terrific resource for those who want to continue brushing up on their skills. No matter how adept we are, we always need reminders now and again.
What topics in your book or background do you think book clubs would find interesting?
Because I spent many years working in the insurance industry, my constant contact with the public provided me with countless experiences. I’ve learned that sharing some of my many experiences has proven to be helpful to my students, book club members, and readers. Why? Because it’s almost always easier to understand a concept after being given an actual scenario. When reviewing different aspects of the particular scenario, predicting outcomes and applying them to oneself is more tangible than working through an abstract idea. TMoB contains some of my experiences and shows readers how to apply certain techniques to help them achieve the results they want. Personally, I think the chapters on attitude, relationship, and customer attention are the most interesting.
Tell us about your career outside of writing and how it influenced your writing.
Being a business owner and raising three children didn’t leave me much time for writing fiction-which is my passion. So, I began writing magazine articles and a newspaper column because the shorter lengths of those pieces was an acceptable compromise between my hectic lifestyle and need to write. As an insurance agency owner and insurance instructor of continuing education courses, I was eventually asked to develop new course material. Again, that was a perfect compromise between needing to write and complementing my career. I’ve actually written far more insurance books and texts than anything else, which not only provided me with the tools and discipline to write TMoB, but also the impetus to write a mystery novel. I’m currently at work on my next fiction novel.
Describe your style of writing.
I’ve been told that my writing style is direct (which I agree with) and sometimes humorous (which is not always my intention). People who’ve read both TMoB and my mystery novel say that when they read my books it’s like listening to me talk.
Which authors have expired you?
The list is very long but the one writer who stands out most as an inspiration is Ed McBain/Evan Hunter, who wrote many police procedurals and mainstream fiction. You probably know him as the author of the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. What I admire most about Hunter’s writing was that he delved deeply into a subject (or a character’s point of view) and did so quickly and incisively. He was also very quick-witted and clever. Authors who can easily evoke emotion also inspired me, such as Eileen Dreyer, Kathleen Eagle, Jayne Ann Krentz, and Janet Evanovich.
By: Linda Faulkner
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