Interview with Michael Medvig

What do you read for pleasure?
I am all over the place with reading and I think it is because I have a genuine curiosity about the world. I find that I get into a mode and stay there a couple weeks then move on to the next thing. This month I am reading about indie authors and how to publish books because....well I am publishing a book. Last month it was all about the paranormal. Before that it was a book about how the brain works.

As far as fitness and my line of work, I tend to have a list of authors that really dissect fitness and nutrition. I enjoy the Mark Rippetoe books and the Supple Leopard book by Kelly Starrett. These are books you can go back to over and over again and pick up something new everytime.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I am an iPad guy. Does this make me a hipster? I like it because it is big. I am big so I don't want to hold something small and dainty in my hands. Maybe the truth is that my eyes are getting older and I like the size of the print. Ha ha.
Describe your desk
My desk has a big old IMac on it along with a pair of studio monitors. I have a pad and pen and that is about it.
What's the story behind your latest book?
"Shoulder Pain 2.0" is an update of my first book, "Shoulder Pain; An easy way to fix your aching shoulder". That was released on Amazon 2 years ago basically to answer the question of whether or not I could actually write and publish a book. The new book, along with the Deluxe version with video is an attempt to clean up the first book and provide a better methodology for attacking shoulder pain. As most of my clients suffer from shoulder, knee or back pain, I have gotten very good at fixing these issues. So this is a natural place for me to start my career as an indie author.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I can't go through life wondering what if. And I lived a good part of my life being scared of trying new things. Writing to me is the ultimate challenge. How can one take concepts rolling around in their head and coherently put it on paper. Then, how do you make it simple to understand and do so it actually helps people?
I have had a lot of success as a personal trainer. Writing is a way to broaden my audience and share with them what I know. it think by sharing ideas and concepts we all get a little better at what we do.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I don't know. This is my first day on it. Can I update this in a few months and let you know?
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Forming a simple sentence that conveys exactly what I want it to,.
What do your fans mean to you?
My life is pretty solitary. I train clients either one on one or in a small group. I do my podcast, "These Weights Aren't Going to Lift Themselves" staring at a computer screen or a wall. I am typing looking at my fingers because I really don't know how to type. So it is really cool to hear from people that have either bought my books, heard me on my podcast or just stumbled across my website. My job on earth is to help make this a better place. Being able to reach out on a global scale is really cool.

I keep a list of people who write me and anyone who sent me a question or comment about my first book is getting the deluxe version free.
What are you working on next?
I am working on the upper back and neck pain book. This is really gong to be very similar to the shoulder pain book. But people with shoulder pain aren't going to by a neck pain book and vice versa. So I think there is a need to do that. I am also stating a book about the best tips for lifting that no one talks about.
Who are your favorite authors?
I am a Hemingway fan. Stories of struggle with the outcome uncertain written in a simple, straight forward manner. A lot of authors tend to show off when they write. Look at how complicated this sentence is or look at my vocabulary. This, in my opinion, can take away from the reader's enjoyment of the story. Hemingway just told the story. You were given all the information you needed but never any information you didn't need. That to me is the essence of writing.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually I am listening to a podcast and either a book is mentioned or a guest is promoting their book. The great thing about E-books is that you can have their book in your hands in seconds. Sometimes I check my library and I had forgotten why I downloaded a certain book!
The price of most e-books is ridiculously low. I feel getting the book is a way of thanking them for giving me free information on the podcast.
Published 2015-06-07.
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