1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, your hobbies and interests.
I was born in Paradise, in Aspen, in the Colorado Rockies, but my father, for work reasons, had to move the family to London. Since then, returning to Heaven has become my primary target. As soon as I became independent and started a family, I moved back to Aspen, even though I own a business in London. Hence, I am often in both the UK and the USA. I love when I come back to my home in Aspen. I am immersed in nature, away from the hectic life of London, in my garden, overlooking the mountains and, close to Francis, my beloved donkey. I gave that name because when I was a kid, I always watched the "Francis" talking army donkey movie series and had a lot of fun. My Francis looks a lot like him. He is playful but also spiteful. He is great for making me forget the stress of the city. Unfortunately, I travel a lot, so I don't have a lot of time to spend on hobbies. Indeed, thinking about it, the only pastime is taking care of the garden and certainly reading books, more or less demanding.
2. When and why did you start writing books?
The passion for reading began, like everyone, as a child. Above all, during the winter season, when it is raining and cold, there is nothing better than immersing yourself in reading your favorite book. It all starts with what happened to me some time ago, when I finished my studies, opened my Advertising and Marketing agency, and was about to get married. My obsession was: "I do not miss anything and soon I will have a family, I will have children, I will grow old ... is that all?" I was looking for something in my life that was escaping me or that I was goddamn missing, yes… but what? My story is a bit long, but I've summarized it on my website: https://www.texjerhand.com/the_author.html I invite you to read it in full, I'm sure it will be fun for you.
3. What made you decide to tackle writing as a career?
My story is a bit long, but I've summarized it on my website: https://www.texjerhand.com/the_author.html I invite you to read it in full, I'm sure it will be fun for you.
4. Which one of your books or characters is your favourite?
Hard to say, especially as my books are in the Self-Help and Business Life categories. Inside are some wonderful thoughts and direct experiences of my life, which I care a lot about, which convey the sense of the true values ??of life and, on a practical level, some fantastic tricks, and reflections for any leader, manager, or entrepreneur.
5. Which one of your books was the hardest to write and stretched you the most as a writer?
The Business Life book I am writing now and which I hope will be out by the end of the year. Totally focused on the role of leadership. It is a very vast subject, so vast that I have already sensed the need to write over one. The topic is very topical and delicate, because it will affect the lives of the people who read it and all the surrounding people. I went in search of very particular, unusual topics, with particular attention to detail. While also dealing with some basic topics common to other books, I am trying to make it particularly useful, especially in those aspects that make a book different, practical value, innovative and valuable. In the end, if you think about it, communication is the hardest thing ever. I would like to give an example. If I tell a person about the love a father has for his children, it is because I have had a lovely father who has given me so much love, and I would like the other person to understand that. But if the person who abolishes us has an unfortunate, alcoholic father who abuses her or is very violent, what idea does he have of what I say? What conflicting feelings and emotions do you have within yourself? Can you understand the depth of what I am saying or will it be understandable to you? Will there be a bridge or a wall between us? You understand well that there are many aspects of our daily communication that escape us, because we are us, and others are others, with their wealth of positive and negative experiences, with their family heritage, with their health problems, their beliefs, and convictions, etc. If this happens in verbal communication, what happens in written communication? Therefore, the human being never stops writing and reading books. However, perhaps this is good! Judge it for yourself.
6. Who is your favourite author and book?
One of all that I would like to mention who made me think about the problems of managers to realize new ideas that work, is Dr. W. Edwards Deming, who became famous in the seventies for helping Japan with innovative and high-quality products. Other authors who have written self-worthy and interesting information on various topics that I have been able to read are: Dr. Daniel Amen, psychiatrist and specialist in brain disorders., Dr. Bryan Vartabedian, Dr. Aimee Daramus, Dr. Barry F. Vaughan, Ph.D. Suniya S. Luthar and others. As you can see, I read heavy books and lighter books, the important thing is to get the best out of each of them. No one has the absolute truth, and no one has understood everything on a subject. We can only pass on to others what has been useful and important for us, for our personal growth, but we cannot think that everyone benefits the same as us. We can learn valuable life lessons from everyone. Some more important, some less.
7. What book are you reading right now?
I have just finished rereading the most important books on the subject. One of them is "Wooden on Leadership" by John Wooden & Steve Jamison. I am currently finishing reading "On Becoming a Leader" by Warren Bennis, then moving on to "Primal Leadership: Unleashing the Power of Emotional Intelligence" by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis & Annie McKee and then ending with "Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don't "by Jim Collins. In the meantime, I compare it with the notes that I have jealously written all the way down in a notebook and, apart from I add other reflections on of subject or "concepts not to be forgotten", which will outline the next books that to publish.
8. Where do you get your inspiration for your books?
I have refined a method. All my life I have been writing notes in a notebook, very detailed and so chaotic that now I can hardly even reread it. Written in small print, even in the corners of the pages, sometimes the writing is mixed with arrows, symbols, and more that I will not tell you and the paper has turned yellow. However, with difficulty and effort, I reread it, and reassembled it, and divided it into topics. This facilitated me in identifying the solutions to the various problems encountered. Later I did a lot of research, which I then compared together with some of my collaborators, experts, and professionals in various fields. Each book has its own story. The inspiration to write it comes to me above all when I return to my home, surrounded by nature, near my beloved donkey Francis, or on top of the mountain. I reread and reflect on my notebook. Every time I read it, I get inspiration for a new book. I mark the ideas and then develop them.
9. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
As mentioned, I take care of my beloved donkey, Francis, and the garden. But I also enjoy walking in the woods and on top of the mountains, skiing and sometimes playing golf.
10. Do you have any new books in the works?
A book suitable for everyone has just been, with methods, exercises, and examples, to learn how to find the best solutions to work problems, but also personal ones, whatever they may be. The title of the book is: "Stop thinking how you think. Work backwards and produce ideas for your business. (10 Ways of Thinking - series)". I will soon release two more books in the same series, which will talk about how to make genuine friends both online and offline, overcome your limits, such as shyness or arrogance, and avoid the pitfalls of social media.