How did you come up with the title? Greedy for life is my grandmother’s philosophy of life. She lives life with purpose and passion. She never settles but rather absorbs moments in life like a sponge. As her 101 year old birthday approaches, she still claims that she want to see more, do more, love more and live more.
What was the hardest part about writing this book? Everything about writing this book was different and often difficult for me given that my other books were clinical in nature. First, writing in the first person was uncomfortable. But the trade- off was there was no research, footnotes, or reference sections to be concerned about which allowed me to concentrate more on the story and the message.
What was the most difficult? The most difficult part of writing this book was revealing my personal life stories. I felt exposed and vulnerable but Nana reminded me that it is through the sharing of our stories that we inspire each other. That said, I found myself awake at 2:00am the day before this book was to be released thinking—- —oh my God my dad is going to read chapter 7.
Will you write others in this same genre? The response to this book has been overwhelming. I had no idea what to expect going into this. I often thought who will care about my life stories? Surprisingly, it seems that we are all walking down similar paths in our lives and many of the stories resonate with readers.
Since the book was released last month, I have been offered many speaking opportunities to talk about the themes in the book—not only from the perspective as a psychologist but as a middle aged woman of a five generational family. It appears that the topics are of importance to many. So, I am “polling the audience” during my speaking engagement for topics that readers want to hear more about….stay tuned.
Have you ever considered anyone as a mentor?” yes. Dr. Deborah Plummer was my high school psychology teacher who set me on my path as a psychologist. As a fellow psychologist and author, she has served as my mentor for many years. In fact, she was the one who encouraged me to write a memoir and has continued to support me through this process. But above all she has been one of my most treasured friends.
What do you do to unwind and relax? Love to garden, golf, read, spend time with my family.
What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing? Produced a book filled with a compilation of stories about my family and they love it. Promotion for the book also included the creation of beautiful professional photos and videos of my grandmother–valuable for promotion of the book but priceless for us as a family.
Do you have any upcoming appearances that you would like to share with us? I am giving several talks and television interviews in the greater Cleveland area.
4/1/13 Fox 8 news in the morning 8:00-830am
4/1/13 Entrepreneur Club Radio 430pm
4/4/13 Cleveland City Club event—sponsored by Kent State University
4/24/13 Female Entrepreneur Summit—sponsored by CBC magazine and Ahuja Medical Center, COSE —Cleveland Oh
If you could leave your readers with one bit of wisdom, what would you want it to be? To embrace my grandmothers philosophy and live greedy for life by maintain a purpose and absorbing moments with gratitude.
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Genre – Memoir
Rating – PG13
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