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Ani Alexander

Interview: How Ani Alexander, an Armenian immigrant, became a bestselling author by storytelling in her non-native language

Ani Alexander lived in the Soviet Union until she was 10 years old. Then she moved to five different countries, learned five different languages, and returned to Armenia in her 20’s. Ani had studied corporate finance and started working as a banker and then later an event planner. She loved it… until it started becoming her life. And she quickly began to realize that everything about her life was suffering except her career. Then she found her talent for storytelling and passion for writing in English – her non-native language.

 

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3 Lessons from Interview 

  1. How to better achieve a healthy work-life balance

  2. How to market and promote yourself/ work more effectively

  3. How Ani overcame the challenge of writing in her non-native language

 

Featured Book

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

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Getting to Know Ani Alexander

What is a Helpful Habit?

Waking up early and starting the day off well by drinking water and exercising

What is a Helpful Resource for You?

Podcast Incubator

Who is a Helpful Person that Helped You on Your Journey?

Ani’s Husband

What is Your Purpose on this Planet?

To bring value to people’s lives

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Kristy Bromberg soccer mom turned Author of Driven series

Kristy Bromberg

Interview: How to become Driven with Kristy Bromberg

Kristy Bromberg is an author who wrote three books that each made the NY Times bestseller list. We talk about the scandalous series that really brought her on the map.  She’s also the first of the five included in “Jackie’s Fave 5.”

Below is a summary of our interview:

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“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

Her Journey

Kristy liked to be creative and she always liked to write. In high school, she wrote things that were too long and graduated with a degree in Political Science, so she knew she could write.  Then life got in the way. She has three young kids. 18 months ago her husband was traveling, and instead of watching television, she began to write Driven.

A Low Point

Thinking about the first book she wrote, it was a time she always questioned her creativity. Right before she released Driven, she only let her mom read it before anyone else.  She had written a book, but Kristy didn’t want people to know.

Aha Moment

Writing is a necessity for her,  so that moment was when she hit the New York Times. It was crazy because she didn’t think she’d hit #2. She realized that people liked her work.

Her work now

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All of Kristy’s books are available on Amazon.

This trilogy is about a racer with a bad past and a woman who helps abused kids and how they come together and connect through their pasts. By the third story, she knew where she was going to go. A lot of people enjoyed the second one, so she tried to make the third one stand out. She calls her books “50 Shades without the pain.” There’s this movement of empowerment for women.

What’s challenging Kristy now

The biggest challenge is following timelines. Authors don’t want to fall off their readers’ radar.

What’s exciting Kristy now

She is actually releasing a companion novella for the Driven series called Raced very soon.

Plus, Slow Burn will be available in March 2015

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Lightning Round

Book Kristy Recommends:

Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth

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Helpful Habit:

Not sleeping and exercising at 6pm to keep her energy up.

Helpful Person:

Bloggers help her along the way, and her agent is helping her too. Not one person in particular, but the journey has been so quick.

Internet Resource:

Facebook.  She had researched some racing terms for the books; and she did research a couple of things on Google, Wikipedia, and for synonyms for body parts in an erotic thesaurus.

If any of you, Purpose Rockstars, want a signed copy of K. Bromberg’s book, Driven, tweet @PurposeRockstar and just say you would like a signed copy of Kristy Bromberg’s Driven. We want to see your tweets. Be the first to say you want Driven.

What’s Your Purpose:

Before she was a writer, she was here to be there for her kids and make the world a better place for them. After her books, it’s giving her readers an escape. Husbands wrote to Kristy telling her they read her books, and from them they can make their relationship whole again.

Where to follow Kristy and Parting Words

Kristy is on Twitter and Facebook. Or you can follow her website, www.kbromberg.com.

“Reach for the stars. If you have a dream, keep going for it.”

Connie Allen, Author

Connie Allen

Interview: How to Be a Casino Champ with Connie Allen

Connie Allen is a professional author of The Casino Through A Dealer’s Eyes. She was a blackjack dealer for over 10 years, who decided to write a book, called The Casino through A Dealer’s Eyes. Her dream was to write a book on tips and ways to save your money at the casino. Now she is a published author.

Below is a summary of our interview:

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Connie said “Never give up.” Your dream will come true if you keep pursuing it.

Her Journey

Connie went to work after high school like many people her age. She didn’t get a chance to go to college, but as the years played on, she went into many different positions. At an insurance firm, she created her own department which is still there today. Also, she was involved in softball and ran men and women’s volleyball tournaments.  Then became a domestic housewife. Then the opportunity to work in a casino, as a blackjack dealer opened up.  She went to school for it, learned how to be a blackjack dealer. She was lucky enough where a casino opened up in Indiana and had worked there for 16 years. Two years ago, she decided to become an author and write her book, which is out now, called The Casino through A Dealer’s Eyes.

A Low Point

She wanted to be an entrepreneur for a long time. But she didn’t have what it took to be one. She was left feeling like she failed. It didn’t dawn on her that a particular entrepreneurship wasn’t for her.

Aha Moment

She discusses when she finally made her book and published it, Connie shared it with fellow dealers, and said they wished they had thought of writing a book on their knowledge.

Connie’s work now

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In her book, she takes you through the game of blackjack, the pros and cons of the casino, and tips for the beginners of games such as Black Jack, Spanish 21 and Four Card Poker, to name a few. She recommends how to look for the right table, how to spend your money wisely, how to look for a table that is in your favor. She gives us secret black jack tricks and tips in saving your money and keeping your chips longer.

What’s exciting Connie now

Her book may be a best seller because it outshines just about any other casino book out there. But it takes time and word of mouth marketing before it becomes popular. She watched her novice player struggle and just said it’s time to give someone advice as a black jack dealer. She feels everything she says is truthful.

For the Purpose Rockstar listeners, we are offering a free autographed copy of Connie’s 63 page book. Just tweet @PurposeRockstar and mention The Casino Through A Dealer’s Eyes and the book is yours.

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Lightning Round

Book Connie Recommends:

She isn’t a real reader, but she would’ve recommended her book on Amazon.

Here’s our recommendation:

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Trivia: there was an actor who was actually banned from playing Blackjack in a Las Vegas Casino. Who was it?

Hint: it’s the actor starring in Gone Girl.

Helpful Habit:

Just always stay happy. Don’t get mad at people so often.

Helpful Person:

The schooling she had was helpful. The day they opened up in 1996, she was there, and she couldn’t really ask for anyone for help.

Internet Resource:

Just her book. Fortunately.

What’s Your Purpose:

She feels that her mission is to help one other person.

Where to follow Connie and Parting Words

Go on Amazon to search for her book. To find out more about the book, visit her website.

Connie wrote the book to provide helpful information for others through her book, The Casino Through A Dealer’s Eyes

An awesome way to spread the word

Gretchen Rubin, Author, Happiness Project

Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin gave up a career in law where she clerked for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to start a career in writing. She created success with The Happiness Project, a book that tells the story of her year long quest to be happier.

We talk about her journey, writing process, and her upcoming book on habits.

Below is a summary of our interview:

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“There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy” – Robert Louis Stevenson

Her journey

Gretchen take us through how her career in law dovetailed into writing

Low Point

Gretchen recounts the leap to writing and how she knew it was her calling

When Everything Clicked

Moments on inspiration for her first couple books are retold.

Gretchen’s Work 

We go through Gretchen’s weekly workflow and how she has become so popular in social media.

What’s Exciting Gretchen

We discuss her books Happier at Home and upcoming book Before and After, which uncovers what happens to people before and after learning habits. Plus an aromatic surprise.

Lightning Round

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Helpful Habit – One Minute Rule

Internet Resource – Science Daily

Helpful People – Gretchen’s sister, also a writer and Christy Fletcher, her agent

Gretchen’s Purpose “Try to understand human nature”

How to follow Gretchen

Happiness Project Blog

Parting Words

“Ancient philosophers and contemporary scientists agree that the key to happiness is relationships…When we shape our lives and our habits to reflect our nature and values then we are happier.”

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