Many years ago, I conducted a series of interviews with exceptional women and posted them on my site (about twenty or so). The response was overwhelmingly positive. So I conducted another 35 or so and combined them into a short but fun book and released it in 2012. I have so many new readers on this blog now (WELCOME!!), that I thought I would share a little about that tiny book again!

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Get Yourself Going Every Morning with “In Conversation with Exceptional Women

Powerful and insightful, “In Conversation with Exceptional Women” compiles reflections from over 50 influential women (writers, chefs, photographers, moms) on developing – and thriving – as a creative professional.

These real-life conversations are practical, thought-provoking and often humorous. You’ll find compelling personal revelations into what matters to many of today’s successful writers: how they got started; what inspires them; what advice they’d give to their former16-year-old selves; and how they stay motivated to keep on creating.

A sampling from “In Conversation with Exceptional Women” includes:

  • Ruth Reichl, former Editor in Chief of Gourmet and former restaurant critic of The New York Times: “I wish I’d known that there is a huge hunger out there for good writing, and you can start at the top. Find a good story, write the hell out of it and send it to the best outlets you can think of.”
  • Susan Orlean, New Yorker writer and book author on her road to success: “Luck, perseverance, and conviction. I knew what I wanted, and that guided me along.”
  • Dorie Greenspan, best-selling cookbook author and winner of several James Beard Foundation awards: “Be open to change. Things rarely go according to plans or wishes, and so often the twists and turns that pop up along the way bring something wonderful –be ready to follow them.”
  • Lynne Rosetto Kasper, host of American Public Radio’s “Splendid Table”: “Everyone has tough days, and when there is a lot going on, the best thing you can do is to take a break. Turn off the switch in your head – go for a walk, go to the museum, distract yourself any way you can. When you come back you will feel refreshed and ready to take on your problems.”
  • Kim Severson, The New York Times, food writer and Bureau chief Atlanta:“Imagine if the story you have in mind would be something you would want to tell someone else about. If it holds your interest, it will probably interest a reader.”

“In Conversation with Exceptional Women” is a perfect guide for anyone embarking on life’s larger path.

“In Conversation with Exceptional Women” is available on Amazon and B&N. Priced at $0.99.

If you do not have an ereader and want to read the book, I can provide you a PDF. Please email me.

Photos from the launch event for the book: featuring Aviva Goldfarb, Vivian Schiller, Nycci Nellis, Joan Nathan and Carla Hall

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BUY NOW – “In Conversation with Exceptional Women

Some reviews:
1. Sarah Caron posted this heartfelt review and I am so grateful: :If you are a woman writer, buy this eBook (it’s a mere $0.99!) and read it. Then read it again, whenever you need that little kick in the pants to keep going toward your goals. It’s worth it.”
2. Bike with Jackie finds a mantra she loves in the book on how to define success.
3. Family Circle magazine talks about the book: The author, Monica Bhide, brought together this talented group of women from the food world to candidly discuss how they successfully balance their personal and professional lives.  These real-life conversations are practical, inspiring, thought-provoking and often humorous.

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