Corporate Ties by Ben Woods

Q&A

Is this book based on a true story?
Yes it is. 

How much of it did you make up?
Originally, not very much. After discussing with friends, family, a lawyer and the neighborhood dogs, I decided to throw some random things in there. I've changed the names of people, places and most things. I'm pretty sure I've changed enough so that it will be difficult to determine what's real and what's fake.

Will you get in trouble for writing this book?
At this point, I don't think so. There is some juicy stuff in there, but it's barely related to any specific person or group, not to mention that this is a fiction novel anyway.

Why are you biased?
I will admit that I'm not a big fan of large corporations, in general. There are some companies that I think handle their girth well. But I think most large organizations take advantage of the lower-level workers. In this case, however, my employer really wasn't a huge business by any stretch of the imagination.

What message do you want people to take away from reading this book?
I think it just comes down to taking into consideration that different people do different things for different reasons. Just about everyone in my novel makes a decision based upon a list of priorities, and virtually none of the people have the same list. Sometimes people have short-term goals that need to be filled immediately, but other times, people attempt to strive toward long-term goals.

That is gibberish, you know?
Yeah, I know, but it's true. You'll find that throughout the book, people give each other advice for a myriad of reasons, and more often than not, the resulting action is rather quizzical. My objective in this novel is to make the reader understand the various perspectives from which the individuals are making decisions.

Who is your favorite author?
I really don't have a favorite author, so instead, I'll list some of the possible influences for this book: Chuck Palahniuk, Neal Stephenson and Dave Barry. I'm also interested in the works of Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, John Grisham, I could go on, but it would take me forever to list them all!

I really don't know a whole lot about computers and programming. Should I stay away from the book?
The Developers had far more computer references than this book. If you are familiar with the business environment, or you are at least mildly interested in sociology and how people think, you will understand 90 percent of this book.

If you think of any questions not on here, please email me at info@benwoods.com and I'll update the list.

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