Ellen Miller – Author Interview
What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.
“Multitasking: Your Fitness For Life Program” This book is for busy people who can’t find the time to fit fitness into their demanding lives. We all lead hectic lives with good intensions of exercising on a regular basis. Not everyone has the time to go to the gym. Now you can perform your exercises while multitasking. Did you ever think that you could go shopping and get a full body workout while standing on a check-out line with your grocery cart? How about using your cars steering wheel to work upper body while waiting in a carpool line? This and many more scenarios are described in the book. No more excuses for not fitting in fitness. There is also a section on nutrition with quick and easy recipes and a place in the back for keeping track of your successes.
Tell us something about yourself.
I am a certified Fitness Practitioner/Personal Trainer and have been teaching lifestyle changes for almost 30 years. This all started way back when I had 65 pounds to lose after the birth of my first child. Exercising was just becoming the thing to do in the late 70’s. I had tried all the varied diets and pills that were around to lose the weight. If I didn’t lose five pounds in a week it was on to the next diet or pill, so I can empathize with clients and their struggles. By the way it did take almost a full year to take the weight off. To this day it has stayed off.
I also use my artwork for stress relief. I love welding metal sculptures, oil painting, clay work, glass work and I knit hats for the homeless in Dallas along with hats for children on chemo. I love to keep busy.
What inspired you to write this book?
During my years of speaking engagements, I describe to the audience what it is like to run a business, keep a family going and try to take care of myself. I practice what I preach. I add in my exercises throughout my busy day in two minute increments. That includes the exercise and stretch. I am always asked if my talk is in book format so they can follow along with the varied exercises. I always perform a demonstration of what I do and have the audience participate so they can see how easy the exercises can be without using any gym equipment. I wrote the book so those that attend can go home and start the process of fitting in daily exercises. I also want to reach out to those who do not live in the area. I want to help as many people as I possibly can.
How did you choose the title?
I wanted the title to describe the book and Multitasking is what it is all about. I actually went through several titles until a girlfriend of mine made a suggestion of a slight change and I loved it.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
I purchased The 2010 Writers Market book and highlighted all of the potential literary agents for my field. I sent off query letters to almost all with one quarter responding back wanting more information. I know it is a numbers game. I continue even today to plug away sending off more query letters. Until this book is picked up by an agent I will continue to sell on my own through talks radio shows and on my website. http://www.isobreathing.com
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
As a Fitness Practitioner/Personal Trainer working with one client at a time or in small groups it is difficult to get the word out on how to slowly change your lifestyle to become healthier, more fit and lose weight without killing yourself to the masses. I started a monthly newsletter and my clients enjoyed the information. I was then asked to speak at a tea and loved giving useful information to a large group. They asked if the information was in written format. At that time it wasn’t but now I have DVD’s, CD’s, power point presentations, booklets and a book for each speaking engagement topic. I also write articles and place them in many ezines.
Do you have any writing rituals?
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
Yes I learned to keep on plugging away. I am now in the process of editing my next book “Planes Trains and Exercise: Your Fitness Guide to Travel” and have the outline for two more.
If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?
I would consider putting the book in a story format instead of textbook style.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?
I enjoy mysteries and a few vampire series. I love Robin Cook, Michael Palmer, J.D. Robb, Diana Mott Davidson, Patricia Cornwall, L.J. Smith, Cassandra Clark and many others. I am into page turners. If I am hooked on a book I will read for six to seven hours straight to see what happens.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
My next book is “Planes Trains and Exercise: Your Fitness Guide to Travel.” I travel alot without any weight gain. I have heard from many how much weight they pick up when traveling. This book is for those who travel for pleasure or work related. Did you ever think you could stand on line at an airport checking in and use your luggage for a full body workout? How about standing on line waiting to enter a museum or castle and get a full body workout using a water bottle? I also include exercises while traveling on an airplane (yes even in coach), in a train, bus or car. I also give tips on how to order your food in a restaurant, and how to travel with food allergies.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Keep on writing. Never give up even with all of the rejection letters. Just smile and say next!! There is a company out there that will take the chance on you.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
The perfect reader for my book is the busy working female. Sorry guys. Women multitask much easier than men. If you’re a CEO of a major corporation, a stay at home mom or grand mom with good intensions of fitting fitness into your busy life and don’t know how to. This book is for you.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
I have information on my website www.isobreathing.com. I have snippets on youtube and on my blog at www.isobreathing.com. I also add in a few of the exercises in my monthly newsletter where you can sign up at the website. For those who really want to know me I am on facebook with all of my art work.