My own health journey, which you can read about in my bio on smash words as well as on my web page. But essentially, I truly believe that the body can restore health to itself! But when we get out of tune with Nature's 9 Health Laws (like I did) then it loses that ability (until we make changes) and a long term disease develops. So then we just have to (1) look for the underlying cause(s) of illness: whether mental/emotional, physical, environmental or a nutritional lack of something (2) look at the person as a whole and not just whatever body part is causing the main problem (3) actively learn and work to get back in tune with Nature's 9 Health Laws!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love sharing health and spreading the idea of you taking your destiny into your hands! I didn't train to be an author obviously, but I wanted to get this health message out there to the masses, something that I couldn't do with just the few people I am able to see in a typical 8 hour day, or even to the few hundred people I am able to speak to at a public lecture. Now EVERYONE can access this valuable information! That really motivated me and I am very excited about it!
How do you approach cover design?
It needs to reflect the contents of the book as well as my personality which is very animated, just like a cartoon. I wanted to show that these laws came from nature..hence the leaf is a policeman because they enforce laws. He is arresting a human that was eating a candy bar which just represents one thing that is unhealthy for us and therefore the human is "breaking the law". Finally when we break Nature's 9 Health Laws we end up getting a long term disease or going to the hospital/jail--having to spend much of our time and money on doctor's and hospital visits.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It is my personality completely on paper! Which I am a very fun, goofy person by the way. It allows me to put my thoughts into a form that will be available to many people even after I may not be around myself! Therefore it is a type of legacy that I hope will be a great benefit to all those who make use of it!
What do you read for pleasure?
I love reading the old historical novels, especially of knights and castles!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I think my E-Letter and Facebook have been helpful as well as just word of mouth via contacts.
Describe your desk
It is beautiful! It is very large, made of wood and has ornate design on the legs. I have a matching wooden chair that is also regal and I truly feel like a doctor "queen" sitting on a "throne" listening and trying to help all my "subjects" make their lives better! It was a gift to me from my brother and sister-in-law and therefore has even more of an emotional appeal!
When did you first start writing?
When I left for naturopathic medical school. I had to move to Arizona and since I knew NO ONE there, I created "Megan's Update" which was an email list that I used to stay in contact with all of my friends, family, coworkers etc. while I was in medical school so that I didn't feel so far away. I added in weekly "Health Bites" which covered small amounts of health information I was learning. People loved being on "Megan's Update" and shared it with friends! I continued it all 4 years of medical school. Initially I wrote weekly, but as I got busier it became monthly or every few months.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It has made the author learning curve process much more manageable and I am extremely grateful to the founders for creating such a platform!
What do your fans mean to you?
EVERYTHING! I would never have reached this level of success without support from family, friends, colleagues and readers and I am ever so thankful for that support.
What would you do if you weren't a Naturopathic Doctor?
I can't IMAGINE not being one, because it was always a dream to help people with their health! But my second best job would be to travel the world as a restaurant critic!
Which do you prefer mountains or the beach?
Mountains! But I will sit tranquilly under an umbrella at the beach too...but only if friends or family are going.
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Are you sick of being sick? Then now is the time to break out of your disease “Jail”! Learn to get back in tune with Nature’s 9 Health Laws so you can help your body heal naturally and live free again! This book is easy to read and is full of fun analogies and stories to help you understand all about your body, disease and health so you can take back control of your life and live free and healthy!