Interview: Dr. Jonny Bowden

Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS is a nationally known expert on weight loss, nutrition and health who has appeared as a nutrition expert on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC-TV, NBC-TV, CBS-TV, Martha Stewart Living and Oprah and Friends. A board-certified nutritionist with a doctorate in holistic nutrition and a Masters degree in psychology, his work has been featured in over 50 magazines and newspapers ranging from the New York Times to US Weekly. He’s a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Men’s Health, a regular contributor to America Online and the Huffington Post, and a regular columnist for three magazines: Better Nutrition, Clean Eating and Healthy Living.

Dr. Jonny is the author of eight acclaimed books, including the best-sellers The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth (now in its 14th printing), Living Low Carb, The Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth, The 150 Most Effective Ways to Boost Your Energy, and his latest, The Most Effective Ways to Live Longer.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?

I was born and raised in New York City and have lived in Los Angeles for the past 10 years.

I’ve been writing since second grade. I had trouble behaving myself in class so they took me out of the class and gave me special writing projects. It turned out I was much better at writing than I was at behaving!

And I’ve been writing professionally (if by that you mean getting paid actual money for it!) since about 1995.

Tell us about your latest book. What do you hope readers take away from it?

That getting older doesn’t have to be synonymous with falling apart! We can live incredibly active, vital, sexy, joyous lives well into our 10th decade. People do it all the time, and it’s not all that hard!

Share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?

Next is the cookbook companion to “The Most Effective Ways to Live Longer”- a kind of “longevity cookbook”!

What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?

I wouldn’t even know where to start to answer that. I read about 25-30 books a year, most of which are pretty darn good. A couple of recent standouts: The Political Brain by Drew Weston and just about everything of Malcolm Gladwell. And definitely Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers by Robert Sapolsky.

Favorite authors?

William Goldman is my all-time favorite, but Robert Sapolsky is in a class by himself when it comes to writing about science and human behavior. For fiction, I’m a huge fan of Jess Walter, Lee Child, Nick Hornsby, Adam Davies and T. Coraghessan Boyle.

Book you’re currently reading?

When Everything Changed by Gail Collins and Citizen Vince by Jess Walter.

Any type of writing ritual you have?

Nope! I just say to the dogs, “Hey! Let’s go to work” and they get all excited and run up the spiral staircase to the converted attic that is my office and we begin the day!

Do you believe in writer’s block? If so, how did you get past it? If not, why not?

OF course I believe in it. I just choose to ignore it.

In your opinion, what’s the measure of a successful writer?

If your writing makes a difference in other people’s lives. Hopefully for the good.

Advice for other writers?

Rule number one: Just keep writing. And when you’re ready to give up, see rule number one.

Where can we learn more about you?

Please visit my website: www.jonnybowden.com

Anything else you’d like to add?

Yes. At one time or another, absolutely everyone thinks to himself, “gee I should write a book!”. Just remember that the key to a good book is not just having an interesting story, but being able to make that story interesting and relevant to other people. Write with that in mind.

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