Camille McConnell – Author Interview

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

After losing thirty extra pounds gained from a frustrating and poignant battle with emotional eating and overeating, I expose as a life coach expert 33 fresh and easy-to-follow strategies in Stop Overeating Today! These tips include cognitive breakthroughs to transform distorted and stressful thinking patterns that drive people to overeat, empowering people to alter their relationship with food forever.

Tell us something about yourself.

I am a native of Newport Beach, California. There is a lot of media attention pointed at Orange County, CA and especially Newport Beach, which creates a stigma and expectation for women to look thin, beautiful, and to represent the ideal. Sometimes that pressure backfires and leads to overeating due to stress and overwhelm.

What inspired you to write this book?

After conquering my battle with food, I wanted to share the unique and simple mental exercises I discovered that helped me end the emotional eating and helped me become a stronger, more empowered person.

Why did you decide to self-publish?

I self-published the book because I wanted full rights to sell it in bulk to organizations promoting healthy eating and corporations encouraging healthy eating among their employees.

How do you do research for your books?

While I was losing my extra thirty pounds, I paid very close attention to what events, thoughts, and emotions led me to overeat and which ones led me to not overeat. When I discovered a strategy that kept me from overeating, I wrote it down. For three years I kept a list and practiced the successful strategies until I could confidently conclude that they would work for others too. Eventually my list grew to about 40 tips. The top 33 tips made it into the book.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

If you are working on a book but you haven’t done any writing in a while, don’t give up! If you need extra motivation, visualize someone who needs the message in your book reading it and feeling fulfilled and grateful upon completing it. Imagine how you have helped changed someone’s life for the better. You have something to share that is unique and if you don’t put that message out there, you won’t be able to touch the lives of those who need it the most. So, if you haven’t written in a while, don’t beat yourself up. Just commit to writing for twenty minutes today and that will help you get back into the groove. Set realistic goals for yourself. If you are too impatient with the process, you may lose the motivation to finish your book.

What are you doing to promote your latest book?

The best way I have promoted my book so far was to have it featured on the Dr. Laura Schlessinger Program as the Book of the Week. Additionally, I have been a guest on a radio show and I do book signings and lectures at health food stores like Mother’s Market and Whole Foods, where my book is sold. I also speak for weight loss surgery support groups at hospitals and offer the book for a great wholesale bulk discount to leaders of support groups. My website, which offers free resources, also is a great promotional tool.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

My website is www.stopovereatingtips.com and offers free resources, one-on-one coaching rates, and Buy the Book options that include Amazon.com and Google Checkout.