Q.What inspired you to write your first book?

A. My clients. There were those who relied heavily on me to pull them out of a lurch when a project went south. Yet others wanted me to complete projects that had been poorly planned and executed. I found that no matter what their economic or educational backgrounds, clients had one thing in common—in lacking an understanding of essential elements required for successful project management and outcomes.

Q.If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in this book?

A. No. While I realize this book could contain much more as it relates to tackling project management and implementation, I constantly return to my original vision—to inform readers about the essentials of managing projects. My mission is to educate new and aspiring managers; this is my target audience.

Q.Where did you get your information or ideas for this book?

A. From personal experiences. These are real-world situations I've encountered that are useful to readers. My goal is for readers to find familiar examples in my book and therefore, able to relate to them for problem-solving their own situations. I've stayed away from unrealistic situations, where 9 out of 10 people don't ever find themselves in. Book research was derived from various project management concepts and techniques; I then intertwined them with my own solutions-oriented innovations.

Q.What was a surprising thing you learned when writing your book?

A. Being a project manager and speaking about it is easier than writing up on it! I also found that, while I could attempt to account for every possible scenario in the book, I couldn't possibly compensate for everything a project manager might encounter. That's why I emphasize readers need to creatively adapt the concepts I've outlined to reflect their own situations. Getting a clear understanding of the book's concepts, rather than actions, will give readers the ability to act upon each unique situation.

Q.Do you have a specific writing style?

A. First, I've to say I'm not a writer by trade. I write in a conversational style—in how I think and speak. My hope is that readers can relate to my style. I want my words to reflect my knowledge, energy and humor.

Q.How did you come up with the title?

A. It's derived from the phrase—when life hands you lemons, learn to make lemonade. No matter who you are, life always hands you projects, be they personal or professional. What are you going to do? Pass on them? Instead, I like to ask: why not manage opportunities, make them successful and watch their positive effects on your life?

Q.Is there a message in your book you’d like readers to grasp?

A. Yes. As a project management specialist I, too, have my moments. That's why I want readers to understand that the truly effective project manager is one who, after mastering the essentials of project management and coordination, can successfully execute any project with confidence.

Q.What are your current projects?

A. Right now I'm in the midst of promoting my book with signings, appearances and speaking engagements. My next book is on the horizon. It's about customer service and how great customer service is not dead—and needs to be revived. It's this singular essential of matchless customer service (besides the product) that sets one company apart from the others.

Q.Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

A. It actually began as a joke. Each time a client called me at the last minute expecting us to produce their marketing materials or create a website on the fly, I'd say, "I'm going to write a book to help you plan and execute your project better." So, here we are—When Life Hands You A Project, Manage It!

Q.Advice for writers?

A. Write it! If you've knowledge and experiences you believe will bring people to higher levels of professional achievement and personal fulfillment, go for it! You may set out educating a few, but end up impacting thousands.