When I read a report into the leadership failings that were implicated in 16 of the biggest disasters of the modern age, I was struck by how many of them were within the domain of HR - role clarity, oversight, training, and reward for example. I later read a report that said that out of 16 deaths to ethnic minorities in the Construction industry, 8 occurred in the first 10 days, and 4 occurred on their first day at work. It may be realise just how significant activities like recruitment and induction are.
After some research, I realised that there was nothing that set out the expectations and knowledge that HR people needed to understand these issues and manage the risk effectively.
Me gusta que lean, que lean mucho, que se puedan adentrar al mundo de la fantasía, la aventura, yo soy surrealista y me gustaría que ellos lo sean. Ellos son muy importantes para mi y escribo para ellos
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Crear nuevas historias, nuevos personajes, me levanto de mi cama para adentrarme en mis libros
I became an independent writer because I had suffered the agony of being a mainstream author for several years. Dear Writer Friend, it was agony! I'd write two or three years on a good, error-free book, and search for just the right publisher in my niche. That would take 6-10 months because the publisher would want exclusive till they accepted or rejected, meaning keep by book for up to a year or more without me being able to show it elsewhere. Then, after waiting another year, I'd get the generic, unsigned, poorly copied REJECTION LETTER for all of my sacrifice. yes, I disdained them with the perfect disdain. They never even wrote my first name on that note.
When I got my first offer years ago, it was such of a bad deal. I was unknown and was offered 12% royalties, a miserly advance, along with no marketing. Then I was left to my own devicese to earn them money from my unadvertised book. I worked my fingers to the bones and traveled on Grayhound with the smell of sweat in the seats and MacDonald bus stops to eat for the sake of exposing my book!. Once I made my pit stops and hung out in the scorching sun to earn that $20 for one book, or $200 for 10 books. I was conditioned to hand over 88% of it to my dear mainstream publisher, for the mere sake of saying I was published by a mainstream publisher.
Wounded but not bowed, I moved on to my own publishing company. It was a bit better, but offline marketing media, radio, newspapers, TV, and booth rentals for book fairs made me exchanged the frying pan for the skillet.
When the spirit of God put the writer's sufferings in the mind of Amazon's Jeff Bezo, He did a great favor to humanity. Do you think I hesitated to go with him, follow him, make relatively hassle-free money with him? No! No! No! I did not hesitate. The opportunity grew out of unknown writers' need to express themselves, and I was # 1 in line. I now serve in literary heaven as an indie author, sharing all my good thoughts and those of my list's authors. Thank you for asking.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I don't know how it will contribute to my success, but at this point in my writing career, my success is laid out to bring bestseller status. I'm hoping to help other indie writers to do the same. Writers should impact people's lives, and I know that SMASHWORDSo.com can do that. I look forward to the experience.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in South Wales, but moved to Derbyshire as a teenager. I set most of my stories in Derbyshire, because that's where I've lived for nearly 40 years. I haven't forgotten Wales, but I'm always afraid of getting something wrong because it's been so long since I went home.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything and everything. Thrillers, crime, romance, historical, fantasy, science fiction, horror. I just like a darn good story.
A college student finds herself attracted to a strong and confident woman who visits her shop. After a brief moment of helping her client in the dressing room, Karen finds herself unusually attracted to her. After a false start, Karen is asked to lunch by Nora, her client and now, burgeoning friend. Nora likes Karen's desire for order and she decides to explore Karen's lack of experience and introduces her to the world of the domme. Now Karen has more to think about than her college classes, friends and lack of having a boyfriend. She has access to learning about herself and dominating over an amazingly sexy man that seems to obey Nora's every command. Soon, her boundaries are surpassed and challenged by desire, jealousy and maturity.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've been toying with short stories for a long time. This is my first foray into this genre and I hope to explore the desires and drama that comes with it. I'm fascinated by complex situations and characters transcending their old selves. Self-publishing with on-demand services opens the gates for talented writers to show their stuff, and I hope to be among that number. I also enjoy graphic design and I look forward to working on my first cover.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up around Ocean Grove and Geelong, at the other end of the Great Ocean Road to where the book is set. I love watching the ocean and love the landscape of the Great Ocean Road, though not so keen on swimming in it. I wrote what I knew, a small tourist town. As for why I chose Fantasy, I spent most of my childhood with my nose in a book and it was invariably Fantasy. I have always loved the idea of other worlds and magic so that is what I wrote about.
When did you first start writing?
I have always wanted to be an author, though everyone advised me it was impractical and financially unsustainable. This particular series I started when I was about sixteen and initially it was just for interest. My sister was my first fan, she would read what I did and then hand it back with the words, 'it's good, write more'. A great encouragement. I didn't really think about preparing it for publication until I took time of work for illness in 2009 (and had a large and overwhelming thesis to avoid writing). For some reason I thought writing fiction would be easier than writing scientific papers. Ha!