Indie Book Promo is happy to welcome Chris Kern to the blog. He is the author of Emergency Preparedness Plans and is here to share some information about his book. If this sound like a book that you would be interested in reading, please pick up a copy using the buy links at the bottom of the post.
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IBP: How would you describe your book in 20 words or less without using the blurb?
Chris: Emergency Preparedness Plans is the ultimate guide for understanding and learning how to prepare for natural disasters and emergency situations.
IBP: How would your friends describe you in 20 words or less?
Chris: Funny, creative, smart, athletic, inspirational, a finance guy, a great friend, intense, and good hearted
IBP: How long have you been writing?
Chris: I’ve been writing for pretty much my entire professional career of twenty or so years, principally business writing in the form of offering documents, business plans, reviews, reports, analyses, and proposals. However, I only really started writing books and publishing seriously in the past year. My start in writing was actually in high school when I wrote and published a book called “Money Raising Business Plans,” which was a practical guide on how to write a business plan, what to include, how to say things, and the like. This was obviously before the Internet arrived on a grand scale, so it was sold via mail order. The fact that I sold a few copies and received checks in the mail amazed me and has stuck with me ever since.
IBP: Do you listen to music while writing?
Chris: No, I don’t listen to music while writing nor do I have a TV on or any other distractions. I like to be in a quiet place and get inside myself and really feel what I’m writing without any outside forces, sounds or distractions being interjected into my thought process of what I’m writing and why I’m writing it.
IBP: What do you love about writing?
Chris: Writing is an outlet of expression for what I’m thinking about, what I’m feeling, and provides a venue for me to share my opinions and knowledge on certain subjects. Writing helps me let my mind run free and be in that state of flow which to me is both very relaxing, and rewarding. Writing is sharing and becomes part of your legacy once your book is published and made available to the world.
IBP: How did you come up with your premise for your books?
Chris: My book ideas come from things that I’m interested in learning more about or something that I have great experiences in. Where I feel I lack certain elements of knowledge – I’ll conduct a lot of research, read a ton of articles and books on the subject, and then just start writing.
IBP: What is the one book that you think everyone should read?
Chris: Other than reading my book –Emergency Preparedness Plans, because everybody should learn and be prepared for disasters and emergency situations – the one book that really stands out for me that I believe can truly impact people’s lives is the national bestseller Unlimited Power, by Anthony Robbins. This book is not only a motivational and inspirational book, it really delves into how our brain works, why we think what we think, and how to better control how we interpret the world and design our lives towards fulfilling our aspirations and dreams. I read this for the first time in my late teens and it literally changed my view of the world and of myself and is a part of the foundation for everything I write and publish from our practical guides, to personal development, business optimization, and productivity.
IBP: Where can your fans find you?
Chris: They can contact me and stay up to date with what Im doing three simple ways:
Through my Facebook publishing page at: www.facebook.com/windstreampublishing
Through my company’s website: windstreampartners.com/publishing/
Or through LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/ChrisKern
IBP: What’s your favorite vacation spot?
Chris: My favorite vacation spot is actually where I had my honeymoon with my incredible wife – St. John in the carribean. Everything about it was just amazing from the crystal clear water, to the laid back attitude, the lush setting of the island, the great food, and the beauty of every where we went. We plan on going back there again sometime soon and I can’t wait.
IBP: Are you reading or writing something else at the moment?
Chris: I admittedly have what I call professional ADD (attention deficit disorder) which means I always have multiple projects going on at any given time. I actually have several more books in the works that we’re publishing in our Productivity Launch series, have two small quick reads coming out in the next couple of weeks covering goals and valuing start-up companies, as well as two more that I prefer not to discuss and will save for a later date.
Emergency Preparedness Plans can be purchased on Amazon.
Chris Kern was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and was raised in New York since he was 2 years old. He moved to Arizona in 2005. Having been brought up by two amazing parents that were teachers, with his father dedicating his life to social services, Chris was always on a quest to learn and understand how things worked, and how to help people.
In his teenage years, he was introduced to a life of adventure with rock climbing, water sports, mountain climbing, camping, boating and was an ocean lifeguard at Long Island’s Jones Beach State Park for 5 years, recording over 25 saves.
After graduating the State University Of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo with a dual major in Finance and MIS in 1991, Chris embarked on a soul searching mission and moved to California after his last year as an ocean lifeguard. After this amazing experiment – he moved back to New York and pursued a career in corporate finance and investment banking and worked with firms such as Fisher Francis Trees & Watts, Lehman Brothers, Gunn Allen, and Maximum Ventures, where he assisted small to middle market companies with business strategy, M&A, and corporate finance engagements and facilitated over $650 million in financing and capital commitments.
Still an avid adventurer and water sports enthusiast, Chris is married to a beautiful wife, has two incredibly awesome kids, and currently works with Windstream Partners as a business adviser and corporate strategist for young emerging growth companies, while also expanding its publishing division by writing and producing interesting, insightful and helpful action oriented content. Having lived in many cities in the U.S. and traveling to many countries throughout Europe, Chris writes from personal experiences and extensive research in dealing with extreme heat, massive snowstorms, earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, and a multitude of first aid scenarios that required quick decisive action and being prepared.
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