Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a writer, licensed massage therapist with a private practice, mom, and former actor and singer. I grew up on Long Island but thankfully escaped to Manhattan about nine years ago. Hungry for Life is my first book, but I've been writing articles on health and self-care for nearly a decade, and host a popular YouTube channel.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Several years ago, I made a quick decision to begin scribbling down my story. I wasn't sure why at the time, though it was partially an attempt to make sense of my turbulent past, and a quest for catharsis. But in retrospect, I believe what compelled me to write was the frustration over feeling misunderstood with regards to my illness. I was driven by a burning need to cut through all the misconceptions and assumptions surrounding anorexia, and reveal the complexity and seriousness of this mental disorder.
I spent years struggling with anorexia. In my book, Hungry for Life, I take readers through my skewed thoughts and behaviors, so that you get a rare inside view of the often misunderstood mind of an anorexia sufferer. Readers learn how I went from a well-loved child, to a 69-pound college graduate on her death bed, and finally to a healthcare practitioner.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Since this story was difficult to for me to write, I had the habit of crying while typing, which was a problem because my tears blurred my vision and I couldn’t see the screen!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I was inspired by the memoirs of Michael J. Fox, Steve Martin, and J. D. Vance. I also learned a lot from Stephen King's On Writing.
What are you working on now?
I am writing articles for RecoveryWarriors.com, and I am about to begin work on my Hungry for Life audiobook!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Amazon.com. It pays to increase your ranking on Amazon so you get more exposure.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Do what you're passionate about. The laundry and the dishes can wait.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
That's a tough one. Probably my husband's advice – close the laptop and go to bed.
What are you reading now?
The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture. I’m actually listening to the audiobook read by the author, Glen Weldon. He is hilarious and his impersonations are impeccable.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I'm thinking of making a collection of essays out of my many massage therapy and health-related articles.
What is your favorite book of all time?
It is impossible to choose one. Some of my all-time favorites are Lord of the Flies by William Golding, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee,
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More by Roald Dahl,
The Magicians by Lev Grossman, and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. In graphic novels, favorites include Locke & Key by Joe Hill, The Sandman by Neil Gaiman, Watchmen by Alan Moore.