Sunday, September 3, 2023



Faith Fuson


College Roommate Essentials on How to Talk to Anyone: The Ultimate Survival


Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.


I grew up moving from town to town, not settling any roots until I moved to Montana. Coming from a rural small town and jumping into big city college life, I learned quickly how many different types of people there were. It did not take long to learn, both academically and professionally, which personalities required more understanding to get along with. I’ve always been fascinated with personality types, character personas, and how people can either relate or not.


What inspired you to author this book?


My daughter has always been an advanced learner. When she completed the 3rd grade, the local education system wanted to put her into junior high school.  She was already the youngest and smallest of her class, and the 5th graders were questioning why this little kid was in their classes. We decided to find an accredited online school to help meet her needs. At 16, she graduated and entered college. After being in online school from the 4th grade on, I knew there would be real-life people relationship challenges for roommates, adjustments to change, and of course, navigating a new adult world of college.

When we placed our housing listing for the college, we immediately found three other roommates with similar personalities who did not want to live in the dorms. We all connected at the campus orientation. After the parents and students met and we decided to move forward, we began the apartment hunt as close to campus as possible. We came together as four families from all over the US to become extended family and roommates.

In knowing how different personalities get along, I wanted to give them the best opportunity to learn how to communicate once they were living together. Developing the 16 Personalities for roommates has already proven effective. Once they took their personality tests, learned about themselves and how they communicate, and then how they can communicate effectively with one another, it truly helped them overcome issues within the household. My time as a resident assistant helped inform this book from all of the many disaster stories that needed attention and conflict negotiations.


Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?


My daughter is the illustrator for the cover. As she was on her journey of exploration, she completed Coursera courses on Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Security. Those topics were fine, but her love of art still rang true. So we decided that if she wanted to become an artist, she would learn how to make money doing it. Her degree is in 3D animation now, but her hobby is 2D drawing. If you get the paperback version, you’ll see how the book cover tells a story of a roommate taking a food item from the pantry that isn’t theirs, and the other roommate is frustrated about it. Dishes are overflowing in the sink, and laundry is piled up everywhere. It's super cute! There are small vignettes of illustrations in the chapters as well as the Publisher’s content on the Amazon book listing. We had a lot of fun with this project; this book's royalties are helping her finance her college education.


Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?


I truly love John Scalzi and Molly Harper. They have a wonderful way of weaving humor into serious topics; that was how I wanted to portray this information. Make it fun, light, and enjoyable, but at the same time, not full of fluff. It has real meat and potatoes to it.


What were the struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?


We were in the middle of packing and moving my daughter to go to college. I struggled with time, but we completed it in time for the college season.


Tell your readers about your book.

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Roommate Frustrations? We Got You!

Are you tired of having problems and fights with your roommate?
Do you have trouble talking with your roommate?
Are you annoyed that your shared space is always dirty?
Do you struggle over money and how to pay for things together?
Does your roommate not respect your personal space and privacy?
Are you fed up with arguing and fighting without getting anything solved?
Does the noise from your roomy make it hard for you to relax or focus?
Are you and your roommate always fighting over things you both use?
Does your roommate leave you with all the work and caring for pets?

If any of the above made you nod your head, then you definitely need the College Roommate Essentials on How To Talk To Anyone: The Ultimate Survival Guide on How to Have Roommates That Don't Suck!

Help for the Introverts!

Are you introverted and hate confrontations? This college roommate survival guide provides practical tips and insights to foster harmonious relationships among outgoing extroverts.

Whether it's discussing household responsibilities, setting boundaries, or resolving disagreements, College Roommate Essentials will equip you with the tools to foster peaceful conflict resolution.


You Will Learn How To:

 Communicate with 16 Personalities:
Unlock the power of understanding different personality types, including your own, and learn how to adapt your communication style to connect with your roommates on a deeper level.

 Embrace Cultural Differences:
College life brings together students from diverse backgrounds. Gain the skills to navigate cultural nuances, promote understanding, and celebrate the richness that diversity brings to your shared living space.

 Master the Art of Adult Conversations:
Leave petty arguments behind and step into a mature and effective world of communication. Discover strategies to address conflicts with grace, assertiveness, and empathy.

Are you ready to survive and thrive with your college roommates? This roommate college essentials survival guide will help you learn how to talk to people and how to communicate for easy and effective conflict resolution.

FREE Bonus Content

The Roommate Contract Agreement:
A comprehensive and customizable downloadable roommate agreement template that covers essential aspects of cohabitation. From financial responsibilities to shared chores, this bonus feature ensures that everyone is on the same page, setting the foundation for a harmonious living arrangement.

The Roommate Cleaning Checklist:

A handy downloadable checklist to help you and your roommates maintain a clean and organized living space. With detailed tasks and schedules, this bonus feature ensures that cleaning responsibilities are divided fairly.

Score big in the roommate game with College Roommate Essentials! This how to talk like an adult playbook is your ultimate guide to winning at college living, from mastering team communication and tackling conflicts to executing the perfect roommate play.

Don't sit on the sidelines—get in the game and level up your roommate skills today!


Who is your target audience, and why?


Truly, my target audience is anyone who lives with another person. Often, individuals first try living away from home with a stranger, so I wanted to help set the basic foundations of personality types, communication styles, and how to talk to anyone about issues that might arise.

This book focuses on college roommates since this is usually their first go at living with another person, chosen roommate or not. However, the information presented completely applies to anyone at any age in any living situation. If you are cohabitating with another human, this book will help you learn how to communicate effectively, set boundaries, and create a happy living environment.


If you were going to give one reason for anyone looking at your book to read, why should they buy it?


College Roommate Essentials is a life lesson in communicating with people you live with. It helps you understand their personalities and how your personality can relate or not relate to them. This book gives you the tools for more satisfying communication with the people you live with and helps in resolving conflicts.


What do you consider your greatest success in life?


Surviving the Gen X generation and successfully launching my children into college and beyond.


What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

I graduated from the school of life and college and can speak from truly being there. Most non-fiction authors have that in common. Speaking from experience sets us apart.



How do you overcome writer’s block?

I always flesh out an extensive outline prior to writing a single word. If a block comes at me, I go back and review the outline. Sometimes I’ll work on a different section, but having the bones in places always helps me stay on track.


What one piece of advice do you have for new authors?

Don’t be afraid to get published. I have many friends whose manuscripts sit on their computers or in a drawer because they fear judgment or failure. Just go for it and know that your words will either entertain or inform someone.


What is next for you in your writing career?


I have several books in the works. My next one, under a different pen name, is about estrangement from parents and recovery from abusive relationships. I also have a fantastic book about self-love after bariatric surgery that is due to be published before the holidays. I am also working on creating audiobooks and translating them into different languages to share around the world.


Tell your readers anything else you want to share.


You can find me at where I write articles about the topics I publish.