Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
My name is Kimberly Maravich. I’ll turn 43 on December 10th!
Fiona: Where are you from?
I live just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
My husband Jim and I have been married for 5 years. We have two young boys, ages 2 and 4. They are full of life and are “all boy.” Very energetic, entertaining, and loving.
A little bit about my background: My undergraduate degree was in English Writing and Literature. After college, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, but I knew I wanted to help others. (I come from a very service-oriented family. My father is a Lutheran bishop and my mom was an elementary education teacher.) I decided to attend nursing school and became an RN. I worked in a cardiac care unit. Although I liked the interaction with patients, I did not like the urgency and “emergency” of nursing on that unit. Rather quickly, I realized I didn’t want to focus on “sick care.” This began my interest in preventative health care.
I deviated from nursing quite a bit when I went back to school to become an elementary education teacher. (I knew I still wanted to help others, but it was my desire to work in a more positive and uplifting environment.) I received my Masters in Teaching. For a time, I worked as both a teacher and a nurse until I found a full-time teaching job. I taught 2nd grade for 13 years.
After the birth of my second son, I resigned from teaching to stay at home with my boys. During this time, I dabbled in writing some online articles, primarily based on nutrition and health. I enjoyed combining all of my talents here … writing, nursing (wellness knowledge), and teaching.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I recently published my first book titled 360 Health: Your Guide to Cancer Prevention, Healing Foods, & Total Body Wellness. I’ve also begun a website and blog that focuses on nutrition and optimal health.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
As I mentioned, I began writing articles sometime after the birth of my youngest son. This was in 2016. I found this to be an outlet for my creativity and something that I could do while my children napped. I love health and nutrition, so this allowed me to do research on these topics.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I knew I loved to write when I was in college. However, honestly, I didn’t consider myself a real writer (or author) until my book was published, and I officially announced to others that the book was available for purchase. (I told no one but my husband that I was writing it.)
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I was inspired to write my book after doing research on various foods and supplements that were shown to be beneficial in preventing cancer. The research was fascinating to me, and I knew that the general public did not have this information readily available to them. I wanted to present the research in a way that was easy to understand and applicable to everyone, no matter what their current health situation was.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I chose “360 Health” because, like a circle which is 360 degrees, our health must be well-rounded, encompassing body, mind, and spirit.
The subtitle “Your Guide to Cancer Prevention, Healing Foods, & Total Body Wellness” was chosen because the format really is a guide with step-by-step action plans. I wanted to incorporate “healing foods” in the title because it is of particular interest to most people reading the book. More importantly, the book focuses a great deal on anti-angiogenic foods which can literally turn off blood flow to cancerous tumors or pre-cancerous cells. The “total body” part is there because I do address things like spiritual health and practice, stress relief techniques, and mental health in addition to just physical health.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I am a non-fiction writer, and sometimes presenting factual information can be quite dull or boring. It was my challenge and passion to make this book interesting and engaging. I tried my best to organize the information into easy-to-read chapters with lots of section titles and numbered lists.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Because it is science and research-based, much of the book is based on studies from various medical journals. I do, however, have some anecdotal stories about myself, friends, or former patients that help to bring examples of conditions to life.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I didn’t travel, but some of the information was gathered by working in a hospital setting.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Tatiana Villa from www.viladesign.net designed the cover. She was wonderful to work with, and I’d highly recommend her. I’m so pleased with the cover!
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Although not a novel, I’d love for my book to be an impetus for people to reclaim their health. The main message is that the study of epigenetics tells us that 90-95% of “bad genes” can be turned off with appropriate dietary and lifestyle interventions. That’s huge!
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
For fun, I enjoy reading fiction. Wendy Paine Miller is an up and coming author. Her latest book The After Glimpse was very intriguing. My favorite fiction writer right now is Sinead Moriarty.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
It’s funny, but former teaching colleagues were so positive and encouraging. They were sad to see me leave teaching, but they were really genuinely happy for me that I’d found this new interest in writing.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I truly hope so!
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I wouldn’t change much. However, there has even been more and newer research about cancer prevention since I published the book. I would add information about those things. (Study of cancer and its prevention will be ever-changing.)
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned so much that I can’t even begin to detail it all. I guess the greatest lesson I learned is that taking care of ourselves now will certainly impact our future health. And those little daily decisions DO matter.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
If you have an idea for a book, run with it! What interests you will translate into your writing.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Little changes can make big differences. Eat fruit and veggies, drink lots of water, exercise, sleep, find stress relief, laugh and have fun. This is the secret to a long and healthy life.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
The Way We Were by Sinead Moriarty
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish — first attempt at reading 🙂
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 — first novel
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My kids make my laugh with their daily silliness and funny things they say. They also make me cry when I consider how blessed I am to have them.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would love to have met Wayne Dyer. He was such an insightful person and writer and a true spiritual guru.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Writing is currently my hobby! I also love to exercise and go on long walks. I’m also a podcast junkie and listen to them whenever it’s possible.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
My husband and I watch The Blacklist together. I’m a sucker for a good sitcom. My favorite is Life In Pieces. I love watching baking shows and contests on the Food Network. Right now, because Christmas is approaching, I’m enjoying watching holiday movies on the Hallmark Channel.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
My favorite food is Mexican probably, and I love a good margarita!
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I’d either practice nursing in a small setting like a clinic or doctor’s office, or maybe I’d try to work as a teacher in a preschool.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Loving Wife and Mother, She was kind to everyone she met
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
My website/blog is: www.kimmaravich.com
You can also follow me on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/kimmaravichhealthwriter/
or Instagram: www.instagram.com/kim360health/
You can find my book at: www.amazon.com/author/kimberlymaravich