Interview with Mike Leng

What are your five favorite books, and why?
I love to read. I'll read pretty much anything! I make sure that I read 10 pages per day from a book plus studies, articles and on line journals. If I had to narrow it down, I would list in no particular order,

The 4 Hour Workweek
The Art of Non Conformity
Got Fight?
Hagakure
The Vampire Lestat
What do you read for pleasure?
Mostly on line journals and studies! I'm still a massive geek and the field of nutrition is changing all the time. I also love pieces on life style design.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
iPad. Use it for just about everything!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social Media. I know that a lot of writers don't like it and find it intimidating but talking to, and connecting with people is my favourite bit. Also writing a blog. This lets me keep in the practise of writing and further helps me connect with people.
Describe your desk
Big and cluttered :)
What's the story behind your latest book?
Just trying to help people put a good nutrition plan together.

Most of the tips in the book aren't going to tip the nutritional world on its head, but it's the small things that really give any plan its success. That's what the book is about.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Having control over what I write and doing it on my terms. Plus there is always a bit of pride doing it all yourself :)
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to sit down and create something that helps other people.
Who are your favorite authors?
Tim Ferriss. I know a lot of people aren't keen on him but I really admire his outlook (there is always a better way). That, and he isn't a natural writer but one that has to work at it a lot (bit like me lol).
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Being lucky enough to do what I love every day. Not many can say that and I'm very grateful for it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, dog walking, spending time with loved ones, practising Jiujitsu, watching movies.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Word of mouth really. I always read a recommended book!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was a fiction piece about a turtle. I can' remember the plot but I do remember I got a smiley face stamp for it (I also drew pictures).
What is your writing process?
Goes like this,

Write something quickly when I'm really into it.

Read it back the next day and scrap at least half of it.

Re write it.

Repeat steps one and two 3-4 times.

Finally submit it to editor, hope it doesn't come back covered in red ink (happen frequently).
Published 2014-01-22.
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The Top 50 NutriBullet Recipes For Fast Fat Loss and Building Muscle
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Price: Free! Words: 3,510. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Dieting, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Nutrition
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,150. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Martial arts, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Dieting
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