Interview with Mike Sheridan

Who are your favorite authors?
I've always been drawn to self-help books. Learning from someone who's been there and done that, and is willing to share their secrets to success with me. The authors that immediately come to mind include Stephen Covey, Seth Godin, Tim Ferris, and Robert Kiyosaki.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My inspiration comes from setting big goals. Every day is an opportunity to take another step closer to where I want to be. When you know where you're going, there's never a question of 'what will I do today,' or 'how will I fill this free time.'
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My wife and I get a lot of enjoyment from walking our dogs or taking them for a run. Fortunately, our flexible careers give us the ability to pull off these mini-vacations in the middle of the day...when it's sunny out!
What is your writing process?
My writing process is sporadic. I've realized that I have 'creative times' and 'focused times.' My creative time is usually in the morning at around 9 or 10am, so I try to write content then.
Since my work is research based, I usually spend a great deal of time gathering research before the writing process even begins.
What do you read for pleasure?
Oddly, I'm not much of a fiction reader. Perhaps this is something I'll get into when I'm older, but for now I utilize the little reading time I have available for reviewing new research and learning from my favourite self-help gurus.
Call me a nerd, but a pleasurable read for me would be something like Freakonomics or Outliers. The kind of book that makes you think.
Describe your desk
You mean my coffice? I usually split time between my home and some of the local coffee shops. Writing can be a lonely experience if you don't get out and see some other humans. In the warmer months, my front porch is an incredible spot.
I will likely invest in a stand-up desk for my home office in the near future.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The goal is not so much 'becoming an indie author' as much as it's getting my message to more people. Over 65% of North Americans are overweight (including 33% of children), and many of them are making an effort to be healthy and get fit. The problem is, the advice on how to get there is seriously inaccurate. Our own government won't adjust the dietary guidelines when there's a mountain of evidence discrediting it.
The reason I've spent over 5 years putting this book together is because I want to present the reader with ALL the facts! Unfortunately, when it comes to health and nutrition many are very close-minded, especially when it contradicts the advice from the government and many medical professionals. The motivation to get up everyday and dedicate all my free time to this book was to make sure I gave the reader everything they needed to question the message and embrace the unconventional. The reality is, our tendency to follow 'familiar' and 'common' has made obesity and degenerative disease 'all too familiar' and 'all too common.'
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The satisfaction from the finished product is obviously a great feeling. However, I think what makes it feel so good is knowing the hard work that went into it. The reader may never know which parts were the biggest struggle, but the author does. I feel the most pride when reading the sections that I know gave me the biggest headache at the time.
What do your fans mean to you?
The best thing about my writing category is that I can literally change people's lives. I'm sure it's possible to write a riveting fiction novel that draws the reader in and bring them on this fantastic roller coaster ride, but that book isn't extending their life or giving them the body they've always wanted. All the time I've put in becomes irrelevant when someone writes me and tells me that I've changed their life.
What are you working on next?
Next for me is Step 3 of my program. For those that have successfully completed Eat Meat And Stop Jogging and Live It, NOT Diet!, on May 1st I will be introducing them to my exercise strategy. They eat their way to abs with Book 1&2, and Book 3 focuses on adding more muscle and strength to their frame. Some fitness enthusiasts may tell you otherwise, but exercise is no more than 10-15% of it. As far as time commitment goes, I only ask for 1% of yours.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
5 self-help books with tips, tricks, and principles you can apply to your daily living to GET BETTER!
- 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen Covey
- 4-Hour Workweek - Tim Ferris
- E-Myth - Michael Gerber
- Rich Dad Poor Dad - Robert Kiyosaki
- Don't Sweat The Small Stuff - Richard Carlson
Published 2014-03-31.
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