Interview with Jay Conlin

Describe your desk
You don't really want to know...frankly, since I work from home but travel quite often for work, my "desk" is either in my backpack or potentially in front of whatever fireplace I can find (home, hotel lobby, tavern). I use ziplock bags so I can find my "stuff" (flash drives, cords, business cards).
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan but because I was an idiot student I was shipped off to boarding school in Pennsylvania. I was able to rally and graduated from UW-Madison. A great city and school. I have since lived in Washington, D.C., St. Louis, Toledo, OH, Jacksonville, Fl, Orlando, Fl, Newtown, Ct (yes that Newtown...a wonderful place) and Just outside of Reading, PA. I think all of the different experiences have led to me being able to see things from many perspectives not just my own...

I have worked in HR for over twenty five years with a heavy emphasis on Labor Relations so over the years I have seen many good and many bad HR and business practices. This makes me want to share those lessons when I write about business or HR related matters.
When did you first start writing?
I think it was Kindergarten...whenever they started to encourage the use of Pencils...
What's the story behind your latest book?
My first three books were simply taken from my blog The Middle Seat. Those were meant to entertain. I have since written a career book because I have worked in HR for twenty-five years and I felt I could help people with this effort.

The Winning Resume is the first in what I intend to be a series to assist people find the job and career they truly want. To do that it often has to start with a great resume so that is why this one is first in the series.

Lately I just finished a book on how to buy a car. As a negotiator I felt I could help people save more money when they buy a car or truck if they follow my method.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Its a great, simple platform that makes e-publishing EASY. Now the marketing end...that is still up to you...but they offer support and for that I am thankful.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I like to entertain people. My wife is my toughest critic. If she laughs I usually have a winner. If someone benefits from one of my books either by feeling better about their day or learning something about negotiations or life...that is of course very gratifying.
What do your fans mean to you?
I'm not sure I have any! But it is always a great day when someone writes in telling me they loved my latest posting or that they laughed out loud. That works for me in a big way.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have a family, a great job that allows me some freedom to pursue other avenues such as writing...and since this is very different than my "day job" that really provides me a good balance. So back to the question...I want to excel at work and to entertain and/or help people with my writing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
On planes...or with family. I like to golf but golf doesn't like me very much.
What is your writing process?
Something typically happens to me...recently I totally wiped out on the ice after a snowfall. It became a blog post about how I hate winter the older I get...and it also became a bit of a peak into how I don't like getting...older. It is almost always an experience I have.

That said, lately I have been writing more self help/career books. One for writing a great resume and one for how to buy a car called Save a Carload of Money.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Not the first story but I remember Catcher in the Rye and that book has haunted me ever since.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It was an opportunity for me to expand my reach of people I might be able to entertain or help solve a problem they have with work .Quite simply...that was it....
Published 2016-02-20.
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Books by This Author

Save a Carload of Money - A Step by Step Guide to Get the Best Deal When Buying Your Next Car or Truck
Price: $19.99 USD. Words: 8,750. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2015. Categories: Essay » Business, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Personal finance
Written by professional negotiator, Jay Conlin, Save a Carload of Money is an easy to follow, highly effective guide on how to buy your next car or truck. With a money back guarantee, this guide is a must have for anyone about to embark on buying a new or used vehicle.
The Winning Resume - Stop The Rejection...Start In The Lead
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 6,100. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Business Management, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success
Written by a corporate HR Executive, The Winning Resume is designed to be immediately actionable. The book includes a template for the design and setup as well as two examples so the reader can “See” the method and formula described. An easy, fast read that is priced to appeal to every demographic; from recent graduates at any level to those looking or needing to change jobs or careers.
The Middle Seat Volume III - One Martini Is Good. Two Are Too Many...Three Aren't Enough
Series: The Middle Seat, Volume III. Price: Free! Words: 19,980. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
The final installment of the three part series The Middle Seat, written by corporate executive Jay Conlin who travels frequently for business. Volume III continues and concludes the humorous Middle Seat Series. Volume III is still filled with the popular humor filled posts from the blog. A fun filled collection of posts you won't want to miss. Though hard to believe...all really happened.
The Middle Seat - Volume II: Never Check A Bag You Want To Keep
Series: The Middle Seat, Volume II. Price: Free! Words: 16,270. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
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Picking up where Volume I left off, Volume II continues to share the popular posts from the blog, The Middle Seat. Written by corporate executive Jay Conlin who travels frequently for business. The Middle Seat captures the spirit of the weary "Road Warrior" while mixing in stories from his family life as well. A fun, humorous look at Business Travel .
The Middle Seat - Volume I First Class V. Coach. I'll Take First Class Please...
Series: The Middle Seat, Volume I. Price: Free! Words: 26,930. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Trip Journals, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A humorous collection of blog posts from the Travel Blog, The Middle Seat by Blogger and frequent business traveler Jay Conlin. A corporate Labor Negotiator, Conlin blogs about his various business travel headaches, successes and failures capturing the "spirit" of the Weary "Road Warrior".