I’m an expert on the psychology of eating–the why and how, not the what, of it. For 35 years, I’ve taught troubled eaters the skills that “normal” eaters use naturally and helped them resolve the problems that prevent them from having a healthy relationship with food and their bodies. I have a psychotherapy practice in Sarasota, Florida and also do worldwide coaching via Skype and telephone, am a national educator on eating and weight issues, an international author of four books, moderate a Yahoo message board, and blog weekly. You can find me at www.eatingnormal.com, www.eatingdisordersblogs.com/healthy/, and groups.yahoo.com/group/foodand feelings. My books are THE RULES OF “NORMAL” EATING–A COMMONSENSE APPROACH FOR DIETERS, OVEREATERS, UNDEREATERS, EMOTIONAL EATERS, AND EVERYONE IN BETWEEN!, THE FOOD AND FEELINGS WORKBOOK–A FULL COURSE MEAL ON EMOTIONAL HEALTH, NICE GIRLS FINISH FAT–PUT YOURSELF FIRST AND CHANGE YOUR EATING FOREVER, AND WHAT EVERY THERAPIST NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT TREATING EATING AND WEIGHT ISSUES.
What inspires you to write?
I write because I am on a mission to help overeaters, binge-eaters, and undereaters become “normal” eaters. People ask me what more can I say about eating, but I’m under contract for and writing a fifth book right now and have a sixth book partially written. I write because I’m always learning from my clients what they need; hence, there’s always more to say. My clients and every disregulated eater I meet inspire me to write because I want to help them feel good about food, eating and their bodies. Also, I simply love the process of connecting to myself through writing.
Tell us about your writing process
I write whenever I have time: articles, blogs, ideas for new books. For nonfiction, I do an outline. I then do a rough draft but I go back and rework what I’ve written pretty often. I do a rough draft to get my ideas down, then go through to make sure they’re what I want to say. In third and fourth drafts I work with language, grammar, and punctuation. I also write screenplays, as yet unproduced. For them, I start with an idea and mull it over until I have time to make notes. From the notes, I make a loose outline and start writing (using Final Draft).
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I hear my characters’ voices or see them doing something. Recently I awakened with an image and recently wrote a summary of a screenplay about it. It’s such fun seeing what characters will do. I’ll go wherever they want to take me.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Years ago, I was lucky enough to take a screen-writing course given by an entertainment lawyer when I was trying to write scripts. From there, she suggested to write about what I know (eating and weight). So I did and she eventually became my agent and still is. I’m lucky to have found her.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I love books themselves, but see the future as moving to electronic readers. I think there also used to be a negative connotation to self-publishing, but that is there less and less. If I have a book I want to publish and can’t find a traditional publisher, I’d self-publish in a heartbeat.
What genres do you write?
Eating, weight, body image, self care
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