Debbie Mandel – Addicted to Stress

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

Addicted to Stress: A Woman’s 7 Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life

Stress will always land on your doorstep, but you don’t have to constantly open the door! Addicted to Stress contains an original program for stress management helping women find their true core self during the various stages of life.

Designed to reduce the impact of stress while helping women reclaim their health and happiness, the program integrates science and story. It’s time to build immunity to external pressure and to leave the straight lines of personality to liberate the hidden girl within. For those women who need accomplishment after accomplishment to feel worthy, this book will demonstrate that there is great productivity in rest – turn stress into strength.

Tell us something about yourself.

I am a radio talk show host for a health and fitness radio program and Addicted to Stress is my third book. I run a free educational website. I lift weights to lift my spirits. My passion is writing and gardening. I have found that creativity fills the holes of loss. And creativity in one area transfers to creativity in another area. My gardening has made me a more colorful and spirited writer.

What inspired you to write this book?

I was a stress junkie, the consummate caregiver. I am happy to share my research and visceral experience – having raised three children, worked outside the home and taken care of two parents with Alzheimer’s. Throughout it all I managed to see the light and reframe the negatives into positives. Also, I have a comic eye which runs like a golden thread in the book; women tend to take themselves far too seriously because much of life is like a sit com. I have been given a gift of stress management which I want to share because happiness is contagious. When you read my book, you will pay it forward.

How did you choose the title?

The title is direct and revealing. The truth has to resonate for you and I wanted the reader to know exactly what is presented from the title.

What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?

I was fortunate. My agent presented it to publishers and two of them bid on it.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

I revived the hidden girl within.

Do you have any writing rituals?

I just sit down and do it – no excuses. Sometimes I start in the middle

Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?

We teach what we have to learn. I leave my comfort zone and leap… And if others say, “What’s gotten into you?” I know I’m on the right track.

If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?

Not a thing. I am in the present.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?

I like Shakespeare, Kafka – the fine line between comedy and tragedy. Everything boils down to perception and what kind of story we want.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

I am working on a book about how to deal with annoying people.

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

Keep rewriting and listen to the criticism because criticism will polish your mirror.

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

A woman following an endless to do list who feels responsible for everyone’s happiness and feels guilty about taking time out for the self.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?