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Thursday, April 4, 2019
Interview with author ANNE MARIE CUMMINGS
Baby Boomer Bonding:
Luxurious and Meaningful Lifestyle without Breaking the Bank
Black Card Books
What inspired you to write this book? I was inspired to write the book for two
reasons; first, I was about to retire from a 30 year career as a technology
executive and I started thinking that retirement needs to be a new adventure
versus an end to my career.I believe
that retirement is the biggest transition of ones life and it can be the most
exciting time of ones life if you look at it in that way.In my view you can finally do what you want
to do versus have your parents, teachers, bosses, clients, kids telling you
what your role is.Second, many people
who are about to retire are very concerned that they will no longer be relevant
and I wanted to share some strategies on ways to remain relevant which helps
seniors stay motivated and fulfilled.Living in this way help people to live longer.I have a desire to live until I am 100 so I
look for ways to help me achieve my goal.Finally, I wanted to share with people alternative life styles that can
be created that helps people avoid isolation and motivates them to keep
active.I have created a shared living
environment called the Marigold Mansion where people 55+ come together to live
as a family in a beautiful heritage mansion.
Who should read it — and why? I believe anyone who is interested in a more
purposeful life would get something out of the book however, my target audience
is woman and men who are 55+ who were professionals and are either thinking
about retirement or who are retired and looking to create a more meaningful
life in retirement.
How is it better or different from others in its genre? The book is different
in that it not only tells you how to set yourself up in the right environment
for a purposeful retirement it also shares a step by step reinvention
process.Baby Boomer Bonding introduces
my audience to a new way of looking at retirement living and ageing and opens
your eyes to a different lifestyle that could extend your independence for
years.Significant health and financial
benefits are outlined to show my audience not only how to stretch their years
of productive life but also how to stretch their budget so they are able to do
more with less.
What challenges did you overcome to write your book? I have a great publisher
who motivated me every step of the way however, just after I started writing
the book I was diagnosed with lung cancer so I went through that as I was
working on the book.My health issues
delayed me finishing the book but the book motivated me to be strong and get
through the surgery and treatments.
What lasting messages do you hope your readers are left after consuming your
only means it is time for a new adventure and you can find new relevance after
you retire.Finally, this can be the
best time of your life if you chose to make it so.
What advice do you have for struggling writers? Show up even when you don't
feel like it; the muse will show up if you do.Second, it doesn't have to be perfect; there is really no such thing as
being perfect so don't let the thought of it oppress you.
7. Where do you see the book publishing industry
heading? a. Bookstores will become fewer as Amazon grows. b. Publishers will
have to diversify to stay afloat. c. The shift from print to digital will
continue to disrupt publishers’ bottom line making it necessary for them to
diversify. The most successful publishers will be those who are able to
structure their businesses in a way that enables them to take full advantage of