Updated: Jun 1
Author Bio: After a very successful career, I found myself in divorce court during a deep recession. In the end, I went from affluent to poverty in an 18-month period. As devastating a life change as this changed me in some fundamental ways. I was inspired to start a new career in financial services and had a successful 6 figure business there for 25 years. After selling my practice I knew mine was a story to be told. More relevant today than ever before, it is a story of courage, of resourcefulness and offers a blueprint to others who may find themselves in financial crisis during these times.
My book is not just for divorced women. It is for every woman, no matter her relationship status.
I believe that in every country, every sector and every business, the world will thrive if enough women take up the task of mastering the money game, then use the freedom that comes from that to offer their own genius into the world. More than ever before, women also need to teach their kids, so the next generation is equipped to face the challenges they will. This is my movement.
What is your main message or mission? I believe that YOU are the superstar you've been waiting for and the world needs you to thrive. In every sector, in every country and in every business and social program, the world will thrive if enough women take up the task of mastering their money game then use the freedom that comes from that to change the world.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing? I grew up in Colorado with my brother and a single mom. She had an 8th-grade education so she was very unprepared to fend for herself and two kids at that time. In the '50s marriage was about the only way for women to be financially secure. She struggled to make less than a dollar an hour at a sugar beet factory. She eventually met and married my stepfather, who turned out to be a cruel and jealous man. Life was miserable with him and I didn't understand for many years what fueled my own ambition and the drive to help other women become financially independent. I hope to see a time when no woman has to make relationship decisions based on financial need.
What's the story behind your latest book? I had a very successful real estate business through the '80s and early '90s and built our family into a lavish lifestyle. I was somewhat cavalier about my ability to make money and actually thought the party would never end. It did end, disastrously. In my quest to support the family I paid little attention to my marriage and found myself in divorce court during the deep recession of the early 2000's. It was devastating emotionally and financially. After paying out a huge settlement to my husband, I ended up with nothing. I lost it all: home to foreclosure, bankruptcy and gave all my clothing and furnishings away to charity. I had no place to go and no plan "B". I sought out wise counsel from a friend who encouraged me to pursue a new career in financial services, as absurd as that sounds. Lacking any better ideas, I did. I dug in, learning everything I could possibly learn about money, and my own flawed thinking about it. I spent the next 25 years as a successful financial advisor and when I sold my practice in 2016 knew I had to tell this story. It is a message of hope and courage, and for ALL women, with a blueprint and path to follow to master your money game and use that freedom to give back to the world.
Do you actually practice the techniques you teach in the book? I absolutely do! This book is the exact process I went through to transform my whole relationship with money. I took the deep despair and panic of losing everything to fuel my desire to never be in that position again. I live every word I teach. I've been financially independent now for many years. I'm in a position now during this crisis to give away most of my content to help others and I feel good about that.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you? My greatest joy in writing is that I knew my story had the potential to help millions of people, and the message would stay out there whether I was here or not. I was determined not to let the lessons I learned to die with me. Especially now, with millions of people out of work and struggling: it is a guidebook on surviving and thriving.
What do your fans mean to you? My fans mean everything to me: they are the women of courage and conviction that were brave enough to take the message I gave an apply it to their own lives in some way. The world needs women to thrive, and I believe those women who take on their own thinking and habits to find financial freedom will be the leaders of the new world.
what do you hope for your readers? I hope they take the message to heart: use your financial fears now to fuel your determination to NEVER feel financially vulnerable again. All the tools are there. For those that take it seriously and do the work, you too can become financially secure for life. History tells us a recession comes around every 7 or 8 years. Use this book to secure your family for good. In the process, your entire relationship with money will change for the better.
What are you working on next? Right now I feel drawn to publish short article content: and content relevant to the moment we are in where so many people are so afraid. I want to contribute as much as I can.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day? To know that the work I do makes a difference.
What motivated you to become an indie author? I wanted control over my story and my content. My editors helped with some ideas and some clarifications, but the book is 100% mine and I felt that to be important.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time? I walk in the woods and get out in nature. I'm forever working on some art project that I can lose myself in. I love socializing with friends and loved ones and laughing our heads off about silly stuff.
Interview via Smashwords