Dr. Kathy Gruver is an award-winning author and the host of the national TV show based on her first book, The Alternative Medicine Cabinet. She has earned her PhD in Natural Health and has just authored her second book entitled Body/Mind Therapies for the Bodyworker. Her third book, Conquer Your Stress with Mind/Body Therapies will be released shortly. She has studied mind/body medicine at the famed Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at Harvard Medical School and pursued further education at The National Institutes of Health. Gruver has been featured as an expert in countless publications including Yahoo.com, Ladies Home Journal, Massage and Bodyworks Magazine and Massage Magazine. She has written dozens of health and wellness articles and contributing posts. She has appeared as a guest expert on over 100 radio and TV shows including NPR, CBS Radio and Lifetime Television and has done over 60 educational lectures around the country. She has also served as an expert witness for massage negligence and ethics cases.
A recent winner of NAWBO’s Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards and nominee for the Gutsy Gal Awards, Kathy maintains a massage and natural health practice in Santa Barbara, CA, also offering phone and email health consultations. She has also produced an instructional massage DVD, Therapeutic Massage at Home; Learn to Rub People the RIGHT Way and is a practitioner with over 20 years of experience. Her book, The Alternative Medicine Cabinet was selected as a winner of the Beverly Hills Book Awards and finalist for the IndyExcellence Awards and was recently turned into a national talk show. More information can be found at www.thealternativemedicinecabinet.com
What inspires you to write?
I write to reach more people. The more I know about health, wellness, fitness, nutrition, stress, etc., the more I can help others take control of their health and their lives.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m definitely not an outliner. I tend to just start and see where it goes. My most recent book used large chunks of my dissertation, so I had to rework stuff I had already written. I think sometimes that’s harder than just writing from scratch. Also, I dictate a lot of my work. And then put it in the book. My brain works faster than my fingers, so the dictation saved me tons of time typing.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
What advice would you give other writers?
Do it! Sit down and write if you have a desire to do so. Get it out of you. You never know who may be touched, amused, moved or helped by your words.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self-publish, mainly because of my content. It’s current and timely and I didn’t want to wait months or years to get it out to market. I’ve heard horror stories about large publishers changing titles, photos, content, not giving very much advance, taking years to publish and then not really helping to market anyway. Some day I’m sure I’ll go that route, but now the self-publshing works for me.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think we’re going to see more and more self-published and that’s both a good and bad thing. The bad part of that is that anyone can be an author so a lot of self-published POD is pretty bad. And it drags really good books down with it. The good part is that anyone can be an author, so for someone that couldn’t get an agent or a publisher, they have an opportunity.
What do you use?
Dictated and got transcribed, Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
health, wellness, alternative medicine, mind/body, spirit
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print