More About the Author
Hello -- and thanks for checking out my Amazon Author page. What would you like to know? I'll have to guess, so let me share answers to some of the most common questions I get asked:
1. When did you write your first book, and why?
How You Can Win Competitions was typed out on my dining room table following success with this UK-based hobby and was accepted by the first publishing house I sent it to. It came out in 1988 and was pivotal in leading me into a new career as a U.K. TV presenter on cable, a pan-European satellite channel, and the BBC.
2. What has been your most successful book to date?
The Book of Chakra Healing was republished in 2013 after selling copies that run to six figures in close to 20 countries worldwide. I originally wrote it back in 1999 so I'm thrilled that, 14 years later, this comprehensive work on chakras is still seen as a valuable resource. The book I wrote prior to that for the same publishing house, The Book of Crystal Healing, has also sold in six figures and been as well received internationally. Maybe the publishers will think about revamping that at some point too?
3. Who are your favorite authors?
Oh, so many! I love reading and devour a thriller every 3-4 days. My favorite authors in that genre include Lawrence Block, Harlan Coben and Jonathan Kellerman (I just love their regular series -- Block's John Keller and Matthew Scudder; Coben's glorious Myron Bolitar and his fascinating friend, "Win"; and Kellerman's Alex Delaware). I'm also a big fan of Veronica Roth's and Suzanne Collins' dystopian novels. On the nonfiction side, my favorites include Frans Johansson, Malcolm Gladwell, Trevor Blake, and Daniel Pink.
4. What are you writing now?
Apart from finishing up two nonfiction business books as consulting co-author with clients, my agent is shopping around the proposal for my latest book -- quite different from anything I've written before. Here's a sneak peek:
"On September 25th 2012, while checking Facebook, Liz Alexander finds a message from a man whose picture affects her profoundly. Three months later she learns that it's all part of an Internet dating scam. Only temporarily fazed by this, Liz creates her own fake persona--a "digilante" whose goal is both to turn the tables on her deceiver and to find the real man in the picture. Sadly, he turns out to be just as much of a fictionalized character as the scammer, when Liz finally meets him in California.
In her newest book, Fake Bait: Adventures with Factitious Foreigners and Home Grown Dating Deceivers, Liz combines her skills of storyteller and investigative reporter to address the question why an attractive, smart (three psychology degrees, no less!), and business savvy woman got duped not once, but twice. Fake Bait offers a humorous memoir that's blended with self-help and cultural commentary, within a story arc that is as exciting as any thriller."