More About the Author
Hi. I'm E.T. Barton - or Erica to my friends. ("Erica from America" when I travel abroad.) Welcome to my world.
What you should know about me... I'm the funniest person I know. (I know... it's so sad, right? There are no funny people in my life. ;-) )
What you should really know about me is that I am actually a writer at heart, but a researcher by profession. As many writers do, we have to enter the work force to "feed our addiction"... our addiction being the written word. I entered the work force via "the family business," which is bookkeeping. However, I hated bookkeeping, so I decided to make it more interesting. I started my own Office Administration Company around the time my daughter was born, and one of the clients I took on happened to be in the Market Financial Feasibility Research Industry. Although the title sucks, the job description was fantastic.
To put it succinctly, a Market Financial Feasibility Researcher is posed a question - usually having to do with how well a business might do should they add some new element - and the Researcher finds out absolutely everything about that topic, does some beta testing, analyzes all results, and then crunches the useful information into a simple report that anyone in any industry would understand.
Because of that fantastic job, I have done research for some of the largest Fortune 500 companies in the United States and sat at tables with some of the most interesting people. I have heard conversations that blew my mind. And while I cannot reveal names due to confidentiality contracts, I can say that I definitely learned a thing or two.
In 2010, I realized I no longer needed to run the business because my writing career had taken off, so I chucked everything and proceeded to drag my family around the world for the next six months. When I returned to my hometown, it was with a new sense of purpose... to take the skills I had learned in the Research Industry and apply them to ANYTHING that interests me. Once I learn something new and have a bigger picture, I put those things into simple terms that will hopefully make my readers laugh and learn something at the same time.
As a result, my books are about a wide variety of topics - from bookkeeping to business growth, publishing to dieting, and soon there will be even more. All of the topics are well researched and painted in a way that will hopefully make you giggle while showing you another side of things. I do not use any industry jargon just because I want things to be understandable for ANYONE an ANY industry.
So that's me... E.T. Barton, Researcher and Writer.
(And just in case you were wondering, I do also write fiction under the name A.J. Clare. That too has my particular flair for the dramatic.)
Again - welcome to my world. I look forward to getting to know you.
E.T. Barton (www.EricaBarton.com)