Interview with RD Clark

What's the story behind your latest book?
"Now What?" was inspired by my time in the workforce. For me, it was a huge struggle to survive the workplace, let alone thrive in it. So many times, managers and supervisors would give me pearls of wisdom that I just tossed away in anger. In 2012, at the tender age of 45, it hit me all at once! They were all right, every one of them, and I had been wasting my time fighting battles that did not need to be fought, and burning bridges I needed to cross the waters of success. One former supervisor of mine actually nicknamed me Don Quixote. So, naturally, I thought I could spare some of that idiocy for newbies in the workplace. Or, maybe I am just stabbing another windmill.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
As a student, I usually "discover" the ebooks I read in the requirements section of the syllabus. However, for pleasure, I usually browse Amazon. In the near future, when I have time to breathe, I will be looking in Smashwords for Indie books.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I truly felt I had something to say, and I truly wanted my message sent to the intended audience. Nexters are fabulous and delve into so many things, and indie films/books are big on the internet and with Nexters. Voila!
What do your fans mean to you?
The only fans I have, at this moment, are my children. They mean the world to me. I have a feeling my future fans will, too.
When did you first start writing?
I have been writing opinions for about 20 years. It started with a paper journal, where I would write down all of what I thought was wrong with the world, from politics to parenting, to relationships and beyond. In 1999, I graduated to an online diary on Livejournal was the beginning of my online experience with writing and receiving feedback from strangers - some of whom became great friends that I still have today. During the past 20 years, I attempted writing a few novels and found that I simply do not have time. Perhaps, when I retire, I will pick up the first novel as a dedication to my late mother.
How will Smashwords contribute to your success?
As a Smashwords author, I am hoping to establish a readership that will enjoy the nonfiction books I plan to publish, as well as the fiction novels that will follow. My first book, "Now What?." was an altruistic venture to help young people in the workforce and the book was free. Then, I put a price on it and nobody bought it. So, I put a smaller price on it and put a coupon in my profile, which worked! Many downloaded free copies of the book with the coupon. In 2016, I am updating the book to include more valuable information, Adding new chapters and new subjects. Smashwords is the perfect place to pick up a readership and run a test market to see what readers want, and an even better place to GIVE them what they want!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Honestly, it is the solitude. Life is so noisy and messy sometimes. When I sit in the lounge, alone, just me and the laptop, and maybe the cat, it's quiet. The rhythmic sound of the keyboard is soothing and hypnotic. Watching ideas explode on a page is so exciting for me.
What are you working on next?
I have 10 books planned in the theme of Millennials in the workplace. There is, as you can imagine, a lot to cover. I'm really intent on helping this new and refreshing generation meld into the fold. As it is now, most managers and supervisors can't stand anyone under the age of 30, for all the same basic reasons that people in the 80s couldn't stand Xers, and people in the 60s couldn't stand Boomers. Rather than driving wedges between the generations by telling Millennials they are all bad, lazy, or without morals, I'm taking the approach of understanding them and giving them alternatives to negotiate the terms of employment through their actions.
Who are your favorite authors?
My guilty pleasures is anything and everything Steven King. Steven King goes straight to the depth of human depravity and human hope in such a way that it blurs the lines. There often is no true hero or winner, just like life.

Robert Asprin was also a genius fiction comedy writer. In my youth, I read all of the Myth Adventures books twice. The characters, settings, situations, all fabulous. He is the only writer that has actually made me burst into laughter while reading a novel.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a full-time government professional. (Oxymoron?) I do love my job. I also love Mr. Black, my Harley Davidson Sportster that is so fun to ride.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life! What else is there?
Published 2016-09-05.
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Books by This Author

Now What? A Comprehensive Guide for Nexters in the Workplace
Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 11,290. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Office & Administrative Support, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Careers / job hunting
This employment guide is written to address the generational differences that often hinder success and/or happiness in the workplace. It is written in plain language from a managerial point of view, pulling no punches and no holds barred. These are things managers are reluctant to discuss outside of the bounds of anonymity.