We had the good fortune of connecting with J. M. Tompkins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi J. M., is there something you believe many others might not?
Within corporate America, I ran across too many people that view everything as a competition. And so much of the advice around success in the workplace deals with being better than others, taking credit, or focusing on relationships with people that can advance your career. But when I started my own business, I got to create my own business culture. I don’t have competition, I have colleagues. I don’t have micro-management, I have a team. Once we change the focus from only one person getting a promotion to helping everyone succeed, life is fulfilling and enjoyable.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m currently finishing up my dystopian sci-fi series The Habitual Humanity Series. It’s a fast-paced, multi-POV series for those that love to read but who are also very busy. Taking place in the near future, it covers the future’s new definition of the term unwanted. I have a free spinoff short story on my webpage for anyone who wants a taste of Habitual Humanity.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m pretty big into food and nature, so I’d want to take my friend to Amicalola Falls and Dahlonega, particularly during the science festival. Then I’d want to spend time in Old Town Norcross and eat at Mojitos. I’d make sure my friend got to experience Roswell, particularly the art galleries, and have dinner at Zest. And we would, without a doubt, catch a show at the Fox Theater.Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I don’t publish a book without my editor Darcy Werkman, the Bearded Book Editor (https://www.thebeardedbookeditor.com). And my graphic designer RebecaCovers is essential to my business as well (https://www.fiverr.com/rebecacovers). And I’d love to give a shoutout to fellow author friends that support me through thick and thin including Chris Negron (https://chrisnegron.com/) and Justin Joseph (https://justinjosephwrites.com). I’m a member of the Atlanta Writers Club and am thankful for all I’ve learned through the monthly meetings and yearly conferences. I’m also a student and big fan of The Self Publishing Formula by Mark Dawson. I listen to his podcast, the SPF podcast as well as Joanna Penn’s, The Creative Penn. Of course, absolutely none of this would have happened without the help and support of my loving husband.