Thursday, August 9, 2018
Interview with Author Irene Stronczak-Hogan
Hot Chixs Hot Sex: How to Survive Menopause
What really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a book?
My inspiration for writing my book was my life’s work with patients specifically women. Over the years I had listened to thousands of women telling me how confused and helpless they felt as they entered a phase of their lives that by all reports was viewed as a natural transition at midlife. However in reality, their symptoms and experiences were far from normal. This was a journey which all women would embark on.
After hearing so many of their stories, I realized that I needed to recount them, while also making available the tools and resources that would help them experience menopause in a positive and empowering way. That would then enable them to live their next third of their lives with passion and wellness instead of despair and disease. Writing a book enabled me to leave a legacy to all women that would be a roadmap for midlife and beyond.
What is it about and whom do you believe is your targeted reader?
My book is about living well and adding life to a woman’s years and not just years to her life. I help women in my book go from feeling not listened to, and that menopause is the end of life as they know it to embracing this new phase of their lives. I offer a how to guide to balancing hormones, relieving symptoms and preventing the chronic diseases associated with menopause and ageing.
My targeted reader is women in their 40’s, 50’s, and 60 are who are approaching or in menopause and need a road map.
What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? What should remain with them long after putting it down?
After reading my book I know women will be left with the thought that they can handle whatever menopause has to throw at them. That they can live a life filled with passion and purpose- that their bodies are not meant to betray them or let them down. Falling apart as they age is not normal. Women reading my book will be left with the everlasting desire to not just accept their age but to do it gracefully. They will find a voice that expresses how they feel and not be ashamed to use it to ask questions and demand answers.
What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers?
Advice is plentiful everywhere. So I offer these following words of wisdom. I never thought of myself as a writer. However, it’s not about writing the next War and Peace. It’s about telling a story that needs to be told and that you need to disseminate to your audience. Without doing that you have deprived so many of the wisdom of your knowledge and life experiences whatever they may be. So as the slogan says just do it. The words will come from inside and they will show your experiences and acumen to your reader.
What trends in the book world do you see and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?
As an avid reader I wondered if books would become extinct. It seems that may not be the case. A book in today’s electronic media is available in different formats so after an e-book, the consumer then wants to purchase the actual book. A book still enables the reader to make notes and personalize their experience from it. A physical book allows the author to speak to the reader as if they were in the room with them. For me it a book is a physical business card that establishes me as the expert in my field. A book is for life.
What great challenges did you have in writing your book?
Challenges along my road to becoming a published author were many. Not least is actually committing the words to paper or electronic screen. As a perfectionist I always wanted to revise my book and find new research. Eventually, I subscribed to the mantra of sloppy perfection. Once I had written the first sentence my creative juices began to flow. It’s about getting the work done so you can put the product out there. A book that forever stays in one’s mind is never going to help the people that you are writing it for.
If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours?
If you’re a woman living with no energy, sleepless nights, weight gain, mood changes from hell and no sex drive then the only book you need to read is Hot Chixs Hot Sex:
How to Survive Menopause. This is a guide to the trials and tribulations of menopause to help you go from hot frazzled and frustrated to calm cool and still sassy.
Irene Stronczak-Hogan is a sought-after speaker for the public and other healthcare professionals. She is known for her passionate delivery of practical, tried-and-true healthcare advice. For over twenty-five years, Irene has gathered a wealth of knowledge in various modalities. She has worked diligently to provide individualized consultations to women, and her in-depth training as a pharmacist allows her to assess patients and their symptoms and recommend appropriate therapies. She has won many awards for her exemplary service in women’s health. Author Website: http://www.hotchixshotsex.com. Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/IreneMenopauseExpert/ Twitter: @MENOPAUSEINFO
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