Today, I’d like to welcome Kerry Quinn to the Author interviewees’ chair with her book ‘FunEmployed: Finding the Upside in the Downturn‘. In addition to this interview, Kerry is also offering a free eCopy of her book and all you need to do is leave a comment below to be in with a chance of winning.
I’m sure we’ve all been there at some point, no job, no money and often no hope. It’s not a pleasant place to be by any means and unemployment, especially in this global downturn, contributes to rising levels of depression in nations all over the world. But, it doesn’t have to be that way, sure the lack of money is always going to be an issue, but the reality is that unemployment often presents unexpected opportunities to make major life changes if you are willing to look for, and embrace them.
Kerry Quinn faced her unemployed status and decided she didn’t want to be just another statistic; she decided that she wanted her time looking for a job to be a positive experience as well. What she achieved was something beyond her expectations, the ability to stand out to employers because of her positive attitude and her willingness to embrace forced change.
This book is a must for all those facing unemployment, whether through redundancy or choice simply because it points out that the lack of money needn’t be the cause for depression and in fact can be a fabulous jumping off point to launch into a brand new life, doing all the things you wanted to but couldn’t because of time constraints. Kerry delivers her message in a quick fired, amusing way – telling you both the upsides and the downsides of life in the netherworld of the jobless.
I’d like to welcome Kerry to Woman on the Edge of Reality and the Thursday Throng interview. My first question for the day is ‘What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?
I have an encyclopaedic knowledge of TV shows. I love TV and watch quite a bit of it. I can talk about character arcs from more shows than anyone I know!
What did the best review you ever had say about you and your work?
Reading that my optimistic attitude was contagious and that the reviewer would recommend my ebook for anyone needing a pick-me-up. She called my ebook witty, easy to read and full of great tips regardless of employment status. My goal in writing the book was just to help someone in a bad situation find a way to be positive so this review made me feel like all of the hard work was worth it.
How did you choose a title for your book?
My philosophy was to rebrand unemployment to something more positive. I called myself “FUNemployed” as a way of taking control of my situation. It seemed like a natural fit for the title. Given that it’s a made up word, I wanted a sub-title that would help explain it so “Finding the Upside in the Downturn” seemed like a snappy way to explain it.
Who would you like to play you in a film of your life?
I’ve been told that I remind people of Carrie Bradshaw in many ways, including looking like her, so I’d pick Sarah Jessica Parker.
What is the single biggest challenge you faced when writing your book?
Feeling like I was qualified to be writing a book. I didn’t have any training so I just moved forward using my instincts and experience reading thousands of books. I created an outline that would honor the subject and story. There were times when I wished I’d had a mentor to guide me but in the end of proud of doing it on my own.
Are you jealous of other writers?
Yes, Tom Rachman. I read “The Imperfectionists” and almost cried over the beauty of his words and story. I wish I could touch his level of writing, even for a few sentences!
Tea, Coffee, Water, Juice, Wine or Beer … which do you prefer when writing?
Coffee for sure. Specifically iced lattes with agave syrup. I wrote my ebook at a coffee shop 5 days a week and consumed quite a lot of lattes!
How to get a free copy of FunEmployed
Kerry has kindly offered a free eCopy of FunEmployed to one lucky commenter. All you need to do is leave a comment to be in with a chance of winning.
Where to buy the book and find out more about Kerry Quinn
Why ‘The Thursday Throng’?
These posts are called The Thursday Throng in honour of the throng that waits eagerly outside the book store when a new author is doing a book signing event or appearance. On this website it takes the form of a ‘Meet the Author‘ online event with some information about our author’s latest book and an interview. If you would like to take part in the Thursday Throng then why not visit Thursday Throng Author Interview Guidelines to find out more.
If you would like to see all the Authors who have been featured on The Thursday Throng you can click here: womanontheedgeofreality.com/2012/06/17/the-thursday-throng/