Author Interview with Elle Meyer
1) What inspired you to write ‘Living The Thin Life’?
After losing weight and keeping it off for over 10 years, I wanted to share my story and find out how other people had come up with their own methods for losing weight successfully. I enjoyed interviewing real people who have maintained weight loss to uncover their secrets.
2) How long did it take you to research for the book and write it from draft to finish?
I alternated between research and actual writing over a 9-month period. Once I was satisfied with my draft, I spent another 3 months editing and formatting it for publication.
3) What was the most challenging thing about writing ‘Living the Thin Life’?
I wanted to come up with a new, original approach to dieting and weight maintenance. There are a lot of similar books out there, but what sets Living the Thin Life apart is that it provides a guideline for developing your own personalized plan.
4) Why did you choose to self-publish your book?
I wanted to be able to control the whole process myself – I’m a bit of a perfectionist. I guess I was also impatient to see the book in print and knew it would be out much sooner if I self-published rather than waiting for a traditional publishing house.
5) Who would you recommend ‘Living The Thin Life’ to?
Although I wrote the book with my own demographic in mind (baby-boomer aged women), the tips can apply to anyone. My Eating Personality Quiz will help you identify your own personal type so you can take advantage of the suggestions that will work best for you. Men and women of all ages have benefited from the advice in my book.
6) Do you have any advice for aspiring authors who’d like to write a non-fiction book as well?
I recommend choosing a topic you’re passionate about. Although I’m not a nutritionist or fitness expert, I love listening to people’s success stories about how they lost weight and kept it off. It gives me a thrill to share in their success by writing about it.
7) What did you personally find the most challenging part about losing weight and keeping it off?
I have a sweet tooth and when I started my diet I felt surrounded by temptation that was difficult to resist. The first few weeks on a low carb diet were pretty rough, but then the cravings eased. Once I reached my goal weight, I’ve been able to maintain it by substituting lower calorie treats and occasionally allowing myself a splurge (like cheesecake!)
8) Do you have any other books planned?
I have turned my focus to fiction and just published an adventure mystery novel called Chronicle of the Mound Builders (under the pen name Elle Marie). It’s about an archaeologist who uncovers a mysterious artifact that leads her into danger and romance. My lead character is a little like a female Indiana Jones. Check out my website at http://www.chronicleofthemoundbuilders.com.
Thank you for the interview, Elle!
Living the Thin Life – Creative Ways to Maintain Your Weight for Life was written to help successful dieters maintain their ideal weight. Each person is different, so everyone needs to develop his or her own personalized plan for fitness and weight maintenance. This book explains how to build that personal plan to take into account each individual’s unique eating personality. Tips for staying motivated, shaving off calories, and working exercise into an everyday routine are provided in a light-hearted manner. As an added bonus, over 50 healthy, low calorie recipes are included.
The author, Elle Meyer, successfully lost weight ten years ago and came up with her own methods for keeping the weight off. She decided to write a book to tell her story and share strategies that really work. She interviewed many people who have lost and maintained weight and included their best ideas and suggestions. These tips are from real people, for real people.
In addition to including common sense, effective diet techniques, Elle also describes some habits of her husband “Elvis” (name changed to protect his reputation). These habits provide examples of what not to do when trying to maintain a healthy weight.
Meyer is a member of the baby boomer generation who lost weight more than ten years ago and has kept it off ever since. Her book, Living the Thin Life, tells her personal story of learning how to stay fit and helps others develop their own unique plans for weight management. It includes lots of real life tips on eating, exercise, and motivation. These ideas came from her own experience as well as from the many people she interviewed who have successfully lost and maintained their weight.
Elle has made a hobby out of collecting recipes from a variety of sources and then adapting them for lower calorie, carb, and fat content. She has a very picky husband (referred to only as “Elvis” to protect his identity) so the recipes have to be tasty, too. Living the Thin Life includes over 50 of these healthy, delicious recipes.
Elle comes from a large family. She has 8 brothers and sisters and too many cousins, nieces, and nephews to count. Her father was an engineer and a published author of several genealogy books. She dedicated Living the Thin Life to him, as he was her role model and inspiration. Her husband “Elvis” also provided inspiration with humorous examples of what not to do if you’re trying to lose or maintain weight.