A native of Southern California, Kathy Hammond grew up in West Covina, California before moving to Guam. She studied English and Anthropology at the University of Guam and worked as an advertising sales representative for This Month in Guam and Micronesia magazine that led to her becoming its editor. Her first published article on island folklore appeared in Off Duty Magazine. Kathy later lived in Switzerland, Hawaii, Tennessee, and South Florida working in executive sales. While in Florida, Kathy became interested in human motivation and performance. She studied business coaching in South Africa and was a featured speaker in South Africa and the United States on human competency development, goal setting, and goal attainment. Kathy received a B.A. and M.A. in Organizational Management from Ashford University. She has authored several publications on motivation, performance improvement, and workforce development. Kathy and her husband, John, reside in Yorba Linda, California.
What inspires you to write?
Life’s challenges and wanting to help others push through these challenges. And, perhaps, as a sort of therapy to tackle my own challenges.
Tell us about your writing process.
I write non-fiction so tend to outline where I want the book to go. Of course, new ideas emerge as I write and I find myself making changes. With my first book, The Road to Nē, there was no outlining, no preconceived idea of how the book would come together. This book came through me more than it did from me.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
As an unknown author, you might be dealing with a few issues or considerations: 1.) You feel your work might not be that good, no matter how fabulous friends and family tell you it is, and are afraid to send to publishers, 2.) You don’t have the time, energy, fortitude, whatever to send to multiple publishers, and 3.) You want your non-fiction book to act as a calling card or added value in your business or other endeavors. I was dealing with all of these so elected the self-publishing route to test the waters.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I read somewhere there are approximately 300,000 titles published annually. I suspect a good portion of those are self-published and with the complexities of and competition at the established publishing houses, I also suspect self-publishing will continue to grow.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print