Interview with Wendy Hicks

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in London not that this has had any influence on my writing. That said, in thinking about my school days, 'fat' children were the exception rather than the rule unlike today when an overweight or obese child is not an uncommon sight.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing for 'Fat Chance' publications in 2010 but have only recently published. I did write workshops on overweight and obesity for the health and fitness sectors prior to changing tack and publishing e-books.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book on childhood obesity has been in the pipeline for some time now. One reason for the delay in publishing (apart from my lack of technical know-how) has been very recent research into various aspects of this condition and, as I promise up-to-date information in my books felt it had to be included.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I am passionate about the subject of overweight and obesity and really enjoy sourcing information on the subject from a variety of sources including the media, healthcare organisations and the internet as well as being able to commit my own knowledge to paper. The other joy for me is that I choose what to write and when to write it to fit with my other commitments.
What are you working on next?
I have several books in the pipeline including heart disease and obesity, cancer and obesity. I also aim to complete my series on the aetiology(causes and origins) of obesity. Once all my titles have been published I plan to re-visit and update to ensure the latest research is included.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am fairly active and play tennis most days. I also enjoy badminton, Zumba, cycling and going to the gym. I childmind my gorgeous granddaughter 2 days each week and house rabbits Rosie and Jack take up a good deal of time too. I love cooking and try to cook wholesome, nutritious food - rarely resorting to processed 'ready meals' but enjoy eating-out too.
How do you approach cover design?
Get someone to do it for me!
Published 2014-04-10.
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Books by This Author

Aetiology of Obesity: The Role of Genes and Hormones
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,430. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Diseases / genetic
A fully researched and referenced book describing the role of genes and hormones in the aetiology (origins and causes) of obesity. Now described as our 'obesogenic' environment the book discusses the increasing number of genes and hormones identified as having a role in our globally-soaring obesity levels. A must-read for anyone with an interest in obesity seeking to understand underlying causes.
Weigh Less for Life: A Common-sense Approach to Weight Loss
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,390. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » healthy living, Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Life Sciences / General
A common-sense approach to weight loss and maintenance of weight loss based on lifestyle change incorporating dietary, physical activity and psychological techniques. Additional sections for 'special' groups such as those with disabilities. Easy-cook, nutritious, tried-and-tested recipes. A genuinely realistic and achievable approach to weight loss/maintenance.
Childhood Obesity: Causes and Consequences, Prevention and Management.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,170. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Children’s health, Nonfiction » Parenting » Childhood obesity
A comprehensive review of recent research into childhood obesity including it's causes, conditions associated with, prevention at macro and micro level and the management of children already affected.