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Friday, February 10, 2017

Interview With Author Crystal Oculee


 Get Your Hand Out of My Purse, I'm Not Giving You My Money

Crystal’s Message: This book was inspired by the stories of many women who I have met over the years. It is about their challenges, failures, and successes. Their moving stories motivated me to write this book to help other women understand how every choice they make can either help or destroy their retirement. Learn from their inspiring and heartbreaking stories. I know they will want any woman who reads this book to be aware of the “wolves” that can, in the blink of an eye, wipe away hopes and dreams of her retirement. Discover the secrets to personal empowerment and what you need to know to find your own yellow brick road to financial inner peace.  For more information, please see:  https://www.amazon.com/Your-Hand-Purse-Giving-Money/dp/0989935809 and  http://crystaloculee.com/money-confidence-subscribe

1. What really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a book? 
 The main motivation to write this book was all of the heartbreaking stories I’ve heard from clients over the years. There are too many sad endings that could’ve been prevented. Throughout my childhood and now, in my career, I’ve seen firsthand how little women are involved in their own investments.
Here, in the United States, 60% of women haven’t taken control of their finances, and because of that so many are not fully secure when it comes to their money.
I want women to know that they can do it; it’s not that hard to be involved and, most importantly, to learn how to rely on themselves when it comes to making decisions about their financial future. 

2. What is it about and whom do you believe is your targeted reader?
 The book is a conversation about money – it’s like a chat with your girlfriend about something serious. I approached the book the same way I approach my family, my friends and my clients when it comes to , with honesty and through stories. In essence, this is a collection of stories about women who have not taken their financial planning seriously and what it will cost them – but told as if we were at our favorite café enjoying a glass of wine or cappuccino. The book explains why women have a hard time with the subject of “money.”  It talks about upbringing, culture and gender roles. The audience is any woman who wants to be confident about money.

3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? What should remain with them long after putting it down?
 My hope is that this book inspires women to take care of their money. I want women to understand this is one of the most important things that they can do for themselves and their families.
My hope is that women walk away feeling more confident and more in control of the finances. I want this message to spread. I want my readers to teach their daughters to be money confident.

 4. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers?
If you’re sitting down to write a book, don’t think how to begin and how to end.  You don’t need to be an editor or try to sound fancy. Just passionately tell your story like you would tell a friend. The best advice I can give is just get started today – don’t wait for tomorrow.

5. What trends in the book world do you see and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?
I see more people caring about self-improvement and so I think the self-help market will continue to grow. I also see a trend toward audio and more podcast style. And, because of the Internet, many writers now have a greater opportunity to be published at a low cost.
With increased access to tech, I think video books will become more popular. Adding a visual element to storytelling will make learning easier for those who are more visual.

6. What great challenges did you have in writing your book?
The editing is usually the most difficult process in writing. There is usually a harmony in the balance that needs to happen and sometimes we have spent so long looking at the same content it can get confusing and redundant.

7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours?
In my opinion it will change her world for the better. The reason why women should purchase this book is because women are living even longer and money plays an important part of their health and well-being. This is a book a woman can read in a weekend – but will have a lasting impact on her life, and maybe even her daughter’s life.

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Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at brianfeinblum@gmail.com. He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog 2017©. Born and raised in Brooklyn, now resides in Westchester. Named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs 


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