James Occhiogrosso – Your Prostate, Your Libido, Your Life

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

My latest book is Your Prostate, Your Libido, Your Life – published by Glenbridge Publishing, Centennial, CO. in 2007. In it, I discuss many dietary, nutritional, and herbal strategies to strengthen the prostate and help avoid prostate and other cancers. The book was a research effort resulting from my doctoral dissertation and it contains nearly 500 references to peer-reviewed medical studies.

Tell us something about yourself.

I am originally from New York City, and migrated to Florida about 15 years ago. My background was originally in Electrical Engineering, and over the years, as the technology changed, I moved towards a career as a computer programmer.

I have been writing for many years, mostly as a computer programmer. My publishing experience began in the early 1970’s with a feature technical article in Research and Development magazine. I continued to publish in the technical field with numerous articles. In the early 1990s, I also published several books on computer programming, some of which are still available. I stopped publishing technical books for health reasons, and also because of their extremely limited shelf life.

What inspired you to write this book?

I began having prostate problems in my 40’s like most of my male relatives. Not wanting to go down the same path, I started studying natural health. My current book is the result of that effort. Nearly all of the males in my family have had serious prostate issues. My father passed at the age of 54 after prostate surgery, two of his brothers had prostate cancer, and my own brother died of cancer at 64. My research seems to have paid off in helping me avoid diagnosis and aggressive treatment for my prostate problems.

How did you choose the title?

It is very disconcerting for a man with a high libido and a loving, willing partner, when his plumbing fails! Prostate issues affect every aspect of a man’s life.

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

My book was rejected at least 100 times by various publishers, and it took about 2 years from start of marketing it to actually securing a publisher. However, after signing the contract with Glenbridge, I did get two more offers to publish it.

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

I always wanted to write, and have been writing for most of my life in one way or another.

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

Lots of things about nutrition, herbal medicine, and the detrimental effects of prescription medications.

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

I would have waited a bit more, and chosen a publisher with more resources.

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

Mostly technical works in the natural health field. No specific authors.

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

I am working on another book, this time changing genre again. My next book is titled “Soul Mates: Diary of an Illicit Affair. It is a true love story (partially in poetry), about my 40 year relationship with my current wife.

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

Be persistent! A rejection notice does not mean your book is no good, it simply means it is unsuited for that particular publisher at that time.

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

A male over 40 who is having problems with his sexual drive, urinary system, or having erectile dysfunction.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

My website: http://www.prostatehealthnaturally.com provides extensive information about my book as well as various supplements for prostate and general health. I also do one-on-one phone consultations with men and women having health problems, particularly in the area of sexual dysfunction and hormone imbalances. I can be reached through the web site, or via telephone at 239-498-1547.