Author Interview With Tim Drake – Generation Cherry!
Today I am so excited to bring to you an exclusive interview with successful Author Tim Drake, whose next book, Generation Cherry, is now out on Amazon on 17th of January – 2017! And available for pre-order!!
In a nutshell, what is Generation Cherry and why give it that name?
I’m in my early seventies, and I became increasingly aware that my generation has been extremely lucky. We had free education – student loans were unheard of, a good health service, we could buy our own property which became more and more valuable as time went by. Jobs were plentiful – we could pick and choose. We had a cherry on life. In fact, we were Generation Cherry.
How did you come up with the idea for this book?
Things have become bleaker for all the generations – including Generation Cherry. Organisations have restructured, causing widespread redundancies – and good and valuable workers were rationalised out of jobs. Pension schemes were wound up – skinny, or no, pensions have become the order of the day. Our cherry had shriveled, and we like a lot of other people seemed to have lost control of our situations, and needed not only more income, but more self- belief, and self-confidence.
Who is the book for?
People of all ages who have insufficient income and are struggling to find a sense of purpose and a sense of pride
What problem does your book solve?
It addresses a sense of lack of control of your life, and importantly a lack of a plan to find a sense of meaning, fulfillment and enjoyment in life.
It states in your book that your journey began more than 20 years ago, so why choose now to write this book?
It took twenty years to learn how to cope effectively with the challenges of recovering from the loss of the company I had built with a partner, and having to create my own income, and my own sense of achievement and respect, outside the conventional job system.
How long did it take you to write this book? And what was your strategy for allocating time to do so?
Over a year. I got up early and did at least an hour before starting my normal work
For someone who is under 40 years old and not your target market, like me, why should they read your book and how will it help them?
Ironically, the book started out as a book for the young as well as the more mature in years. Many young people don’t have highly paid jobs, but they do find worthwhile and satisfying work, and this was the inspiration for the book. My daughters and their friends were cases in point (and, interestingly, have responded very positively to the book).
In your book you mention the 4 Autonomies, what prompted you to call them that?
The Four Autonomies are Earning, Learning, Giving and Recharging. They are the act of taking control (gaining autonomy) in your life. Earning, to give you income, and to keep you in touch with the real world; Learning to keep you plugged in, and growing, as a human being; Giving back, socially and financially, as it’s a win/win thing to do; and recharging, to make sure you are relaxed, stimulated, and full of energy. And the extra Autonomy is Enlightened Thrift, to ensure we value what we have, and are prepared, if necessary, to have less.
Practising Enlightened Thrift makes positive the challenges that go with a skinny pension, or little income. Enlightened Thrift gives us insight into the wealth we have beyond the financial – friends, family, sense of humour, positive mindset, enthusiasm, and gratitude for what we have etc . It also helps us to cut out the inessentials and to develop a profound appreciation of the riches we have.
From a writer’s perspective, what advice would you give to wannabe writer of non-fiction on how to get started writing a non-fiction book?
Find something you are passionate about, make sure you can add some new value or insight, from a fresh perspective, and then give it a go!
How should a wannabe writer of non-fiction go about structuring a non-fiction book to get it to sell? Is there a formula and would you share it with us?
I wish I knew. Serendipity, as in all things, plays a large role in the success or otherwise of non-fiction books.
What makes a good non-fiction book and how do you make it become a best seller?
It contains insight and wisdom. When you read it, it seems fresh, and then, within seconds you knew it all along! The truth contained is timeless, and just needs to be revealed for it to be apparent and obvious!
What was your biggest challenge in writing this book, both from a business and personal perspective?
The biggest challenge was to hold to the centre of the message. There were so many cul-de-sacs – on demography, social and business trends etc, I would love to have explored, but had to keep coming back and deleting them.
What one piece of valuable advice would you give to any writer?
Keep strong the belief that someone, somewhere will discover you, and find real value and inspiration in what you have written.
One takeaway from the book
Redundancy and retirement may be challenging, but they give a chance to get a second bite of the cherry of life. Embracing the Four Autonomies, we can take back control of our lives. We are once more involved in life in a positive, relevant way. We know who we are, and we can live a life that is worthwhile, satisfying, contributes to society, and means we can feel good about ourselves.
The Four Autonomies give us our pride back.
Why should people buy the book?
It gives powerful strategies to survive and thrive, no matter how skinny your pension
Tim Drake is a consultant and mentor to leading companies and executives. Tim speaks and writes regularly about human motivation and change and is the Author of three successful books on personal development.
His other publications are:
- Wearing the Coat of Change
- How To Make a Difference – Kindle Edition
- You Can be as Young as You Think
Generation Cherry is out on
September 22nd 2016!! The publication date has now changed to January 19th 2017, due to an issue with the publishing schedule – but you can still pre-order now!! I thought the book was a great read – read my review on the 18th September!!
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I hope you took some valuable insights from this interview, both about Generation Cherry and the Author, but also about how to become a better writer? Look out for my review of Tim’s book, this Sunday 18th of September – do not miss it!!
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