Thursday, October 15, 2015

Interview with Lisa Tillinger Johansen & Win $100 Amazon Gift Card!

LISA TILLINGER JOHANSEN, MS, RD is a Registered Dietitian who counsels clients on a wide range of health issues. Her debut nutrition book, Fast Food Vindication, received the Discovery Award (sponsored by USA Today, Kirkus and The Huffington Post).  She lives in Southern California.

Her latest book is the nonfiction/nutrition/health book, Stop the Diet, I Want To Get Off!
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About the Book:

The Paleo.  The Zone.  The Gluten-free.  Another day, another diet.  We’re caught in a never-ending merry-go-round of weight loss plans, fueled by celebrity endorsers, TV doctors and companies angling for a piece of a $60 billion industry.  But do these diets really work?  And how healthy are they?

Registered Dietitian Lisa Tillinger Johansen examines dozens of the most wildly popular diets based on medical facts, not hype.  And along the way, she reveals tried-and-true weight loss strategies, relying on her years of hospital experience, weight-loss seminars and community outreach efforts.  With insight and humor, Stop The Diet, I Want To Get Off shows that the best answer is often not a trendy celebrity-endorsed diet, but easy-to-follow guidelines that are best for our health and our waistlines.

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  • Stop the Diet, I Want to Get Off! is available at Amazon.
  • Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

Thank you for this interview!  I’d like to know more about you as a person first.  What do you do when you’re not writing?

I’m an avid reader and one of my most favorite things is curling up on the couch with a good book. I also love going to movies, plays and concerts and also enjoy entertaining, from small groups to larger parties. We enjoy good food, company and often end the evening with karaoke! Travel is a major passion. My husband and I spend as much time as we can travelling all over the world.

When did you start writing?

I was in the 4th grade when I wrote my first play, which we performed for our class. I, of course, was the star! From that point on I wrote more plays, short stories and essays throughout elementary school, high school and college.  As an adult I took a stab at writing a fiction book, but from start to finish it was only 80 pages. Too funny! But clearly writing a book isn’t an easy project. I kept at it though and ultimately found my groove with writing non-fiction nutrition books.

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?

When I went back to school in my forties to get a master’s degree in nutritional science, I took an English class with a focus on writing. My professor was very complimentary of my work and she helped light a fire in me. Then my husband, who’s a mystery/thriller writer, built on that and strongly encouraged me to write a book. So I did. And my first book. Fast Food Vindication, was a success and even won some awards. This helped give me the confidence to continue and I wrote my new bestselling book Stop The Diet, I Want To Get Off!

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?

I’d go to Italy because I love the food there! I’m fascinated by different cultures and their eating and exercise habits. All countries and their diets interest me.

If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?

I’d read a book!

Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?

Since I write non-fiction books, I don’t really set them anywhere. But I’ve received some great ideas for new books that will expand my quest to help educate people about health and nutrition.

Back to your present book, (Stop The Diet, I Want To Get Off!), how did you publish it?

Stop The Diet, I Want To Get Off! is a self-published book. I took that route for the freedom it provides. Because my book takes a close look at many fad diet books that are conventionally published, I felt that any publisher would want too much editorial license to perhaps affect some of my criticism on diet books they publish.

In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?

My couch was about as far as I went! I did a great deal of research for my book but I didn’t have to travel for it. I tapped into my brain and experience, the Internet, my personal library and, of course all the diet and nutrition books that I reference in my book.

Why was writing (Stop The Diet, I Want To Get Off!) so important to you?

I want to help people find a healthy diet, nutrition and fitness plan for life.

Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?

I’m a health educator and teach a variety of nutrition classes in various settings, such as community centers and more. I also worked as a health educator for a large hospital network. So I see so many people with questions and comments about nutrition. I’ve also worked with them on managing diet and disease. Their concerns are common ones, so these encounters help me determine what people want to know and need.

Any final words?

Thank you for the interview. I appreciate it!

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  1. Excellent post! I really enjoyed reading the interview and learning more about this book! This book sounds like such an interesting and intriguing read! Also, it sounds very relatable! Totally can't wait to read it!

  2. sound interesting.