> What is your working title of your book (or story)?
My books are titled Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery and Tick Tock, Stop the Clock ~ Getting Pretty on Your Lunch Hour. I am listing them together as they are somewhat related in theme, though very different in content and style.
> Where did the idea come from for the book?
My first book, Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery was born of my personal experience with cosmetic surgery. Even though I did everything right, selected my surgeon with care, had no major complications and was thrilled with the result, it was a very emotional experience for me on many levels. I was interested in exploring all of this. My second book, Tick Tock, Stop the Clock ~ Getting Pretty on Your Lunch Hour was my answer to all the women who told me they didn’t want to go for surgery, but still were interested in learning about less invasive techniques to improve their appearance. I enlisted the help of 11 highly renowned professionals with expertise in their individual disciplines to write its chapters. It covers a broad spectrum and gives great information. But unlike Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery, it’s not at all emotional – just the hype-free facts.
> What genre does your book fall under?
Women’s Issues, self-help, sexuality
> Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Even though my books are non-fiction, i could see parts of Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery being turned into a movie. Meryl Streep or Glenn Close would be great in that role.
> What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery: A candid memoir blended with interviews with over one hundred women detailing the emotional undercurrent to their cosmetic surgery experiences.
Tick Tock, Stop the Clock ~ Getting Pretty on Your Lunch Hour: A virtual handbook detailing the latest in non-invasive and minimally invasive paths to beauty, with chapters written by 11 of the most highly respected professionals in their respective fields.
> Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Both of my books are self-published (POD) through Infinity Publishing.
> How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The first draft of Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery took me three years and the another two to refine. Tick Tock, Stop the Clock ~ Getting Pretty on Your Lunch Hour went faster – just a little over 2 years from start to finish.
> What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Well, actually mine are quite different from others written about cosmetic surgery because although other books might touch on emotional components to the event, if they do so all, it is done with much subtlety. But I do like Robert Kotler’s book: Secrets of a Beverly Hills Cosmetic Surgeon. He is interesting and easy to follow.
> Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery: I wanted to know if I was unique or if other women responded similarly. (I thought maybe they did but just didn’t talk about it.) So I began questioning others and ended up interviewing over 100 women. I also was a frequent visitor at the university medical library exploring articles on the psychological impacts to physical changes.
Tick Tock, Stop the Clock: Whenever I did a presentation on Sex, Lies . . , I would get questions about lasers, skin care, new technologies to fix whatever women saw as their physical flaws. I felt there was a need for sound advice on minimally invasive ‘lunch hour’ type procedures.
> What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I think their titles themselves might pique readers’ interest. But then when you open either book and scan through their pages, readers will likely be struck by how candid the first one is, and how comprehensive, the second.