About Kathleane O’Leary:
Kathleane O’Leary is the author of the original UnDiet website. She is passionate about teaching people how to lose weight and get healthy as quickly and easily as possible.
She splits her time between Orange County, California and various spots in Michigan. She cooks in kitchens set up for professional chefs, over a camp fire, in micro-kitchens, on tail gates, or wherever there are hungry people to feed.
She writes from beaches, parks, coffee shops, benches in malls, hotel rooms … basically anywhere that she can sit comfortably and type. She welcomes interruptions from bored children, dogs that need to be walked, annoyed cats, hungry goldfish, sunsets, and any friend with a cup of coffee.
What inspires you to write?
I’m inspired by food and people who want to know how to use food to lose weight and/or get healthy. A picture of a freshly picked fruit or vegetable, my sister mentioning an incredible dinner, a friend who’s discouraged over a recent weight gain, these inspire me to start jotting down ideas for new recipes, or researching new techniques.
Tell us about your writing process.
I always start with an outline. When I’m constructing menus that depend on carb or calorie counts I’ll even use a spreadsheet. Once my outline is finished or at least halfway there I start plugging in ideas, recipes, and questions. Often I get so involved in a book that when I’m done I need to split it into two or three books. That’s what happened when I started a chapter on three ingredient recipes for one of my low carb books. I kept testing recipes, and when I was done I had enough material for two books!
What advice would you give other writers?
Everybody has something to say. If you’re longing to write but feeling stuck, think about what types of conversations you enjoy, what questions do people tend to ask you. These can be indicators of the direction that you may want to explore in your writing.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’ve published with a traditional publisher and while it wasn’t a bad experience, I quickly saw that I was the one doing all the promotional work while my publisher received the bulk of the sales. When I learned that a self-published author received more from the sale of a ninety-nine cent book than from a twenty-five dollar book with a traditional publisher, I was in!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I can’t imagine a world where people aren’t interested in reading books. My eighteen-year old niece, who was raised on ebooks, recently decided that she wants to read “real books” from now on. My thirteen-year old friend’s daughter re-reads favorite books over and over, shares them with her friends, and has a stack of books waiting to be read.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: cooking, diet, weight loss, health, eco-friendly, Bible studies
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
Kathleane O’Leary Home Page Link
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