Ramona Fasula is a Nationally recognized natural health expert, published author of A Health Coach’s Guide to Heart Health and a disease management and prevention specialist.
Today she’s kindly answered a few of my questions on what made her decide to become an author and why she was drawn to becoming a health coach.
Q. Thank you again for taking the time to speak with me today Ramona, If you don’t mind me asking, why did you decide to write a book?A. My goal in writing these eBooks is to make healthy living easy and affordable for those who may not be able to afford my health coaching services. It is health made easy.
Q. How long have you been writing?
A. I wrote my book “ A Health Coach’s Guide to Heart Health” which is available on Amazon in 2013. Health and wellness is my passion and so is writing about it.
Q. How long did it take you to write this book from beginning to end?
A. I write part-time. It took me less than a month to write all three.
Q. What do you use to write your books?
A. I prefer to use my PC.
Q. Did you encounter any problems while writing A Health Coach’s Guide to Heart Health or any of your other books?
A. No issues. Because of my education, I have a lot of knowledge. This is information that people need to know!
Q. How do you think you’ve evolved as a writer since you’ve started?
A. I have always loved writing. I definitely put myself in the reader’s chair and ask myself what they would want to know and go from there.
Q. Do you work on a set amount of words per day or does it change?
A. No. I just write. It could be an hour or 5 hours. There is no set time for me.
Q. Do you do a lot of research when writing a book?
A. Yes. I always use credible sources when I write.
Q. How would you describe your writing process?
A. When I sit down to write a book, I always put myself in the reader’s shoes. I try to ask the questions that they would ask, then I do my research, and I answer them.
Q. What time of the day do you find is best to write?
A. I write in the morning usually. It works well after getting a good night’s sleep since your mind is always fresh.
Q. Where do you draw your inspiration from?
A. I draw my inspiration from the people around me. I listen to what their needs are and what they want to know.
Q. What draws you to this genre?
A. My Dad passed away from complications of diabetes in 2001 and I became a health coach so no one would have to suffer the way that he did. Health and wellness have been my passion ever since. There is a lot of information that people need to know in order to get and stay healthy and teaching them is truly my purpose in life.
Q. Who are some of your favourite authors?
A. I have so many favourites: Wayne Dyer, Neville Goddard, Joel Osteen, Doreen Virtue, Esther and Jerry Hicks.
I love reading books by doctors who are educating the public on nutrition. There should be more doctors who teach their patients that nutrition should be the first line of defence against disease and not pharmaceutical drugs. I love Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Andrew Weil. and Dr. Perlmutter to name a few.
Q. How many books have you written?
A. 4 books in total so far.
Q. Who was the first person you showed your novel too?
A. My mom.
Q. Have you ever dedicated a book to someone?
A. My mom. I dedicated my first book “A Health Coach’s Guide to Heart Health” to her. She had a heart attack six years ago. Thankfully, she is doing amazing today. She takes all of my advice on heart health and it shows.
Q. How do you market your books?
A. Word of mouth mostly. I have a very large network that I work with and I do a lot of writing as well, guest blogging, etc. I always look for opportunities to promote the books.
Q. Everyone gets them from time to time but how do you deal with bad reviews?
A. I never had one!
Q. Do you use an agent?
A. No. The purpose of me writing these 4 books is to establish credibility. When the time is right, I will find an agent, or one will find me.
Q. How much time do you devote to marketing your books?
A. Not a lot. I focus more on public speaking, which is a great forum to sell the books.
Q. How do you get your book reviewed?
A. I ask friends, family, and clients who have read my books for their opinions.
Q. Do you ever run free book promotions?
A. I have, but it didn’t work.
Q. Do you do all your own proofreading and editing?
Q. How and where are you publishing this book?
A. I created a store on Shopify.com where people can buy my eBooks. My first book “ A Health Coach’s Guide to Heart Health” is available on Amazon.
Q. What are you reading at the moment?
A. Anything by Neville Goddard. I truly believe that we have the power to manifest the things that we want in life. People don’t realize how powerful they are. The mind is extremely powerful.
Q. What was the first book you ever read?
A. I don’t remember. Probably the Bible.
Q. What is your favourite quote?
A. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” from the Bible.
Q. Where is your favourite place to read?
A. When I am relaxing in bed.
Q. When you read do you prefer a book or a Kindle/tablet?
A. I love my Kindle!
Q. Do you have any tips for aspiring authors?
A. Write what you love. If it is forced, people will know it!
Q. Thank you, Ramona! It’s been really great getting to know you better and finding out what makes you tick as an author but I’ve got to ask, what’s next!?
A. Definitely more books. I wrote these eBooks because I wanted to make health education affordable for everyone. There are many more topics that I want to talk about.