THE BLOG
05/04/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Writer vs. Author

Recently, since the release of my new book "Naturally Thin - Unleash Your SkinnyGirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting," people have been referring to me as an "author" which sort of makes me laugh. It seems so pretentious, and unless my publicist or publisher ask me to, I rarely refer to myself that way. You see, I'm certainly not a literary type. I'm not that person that tears through books on a vacation. It could take me months to get through one book. I definitely have some form of attention deficit disorder, and you'll see me flipping through cooking magazines before I'll read a novel. I have been in relationships with people who can just sit, focus and read endless literature. Not being one of those people has always made me feel self-conscious that I'm less intelligent than they are.

It used to bother me that I'm not one of those cerebral people. That said, I do consider myself a writer who possesses the ability to write exactly how I speak and furthermore to speak exactly how I think. I write dozens of articles per month for various publications on a multitude of subjects. I find it completely therapeutic to be able to express my thoughts and share them with the world. I am thankful for my severely strict 11th grade grammar teacher because my grasp of grammar is really the reason why I can effectively communicate the written word. A solid grammar background gives you the ability to structure your thoughts on paper to make it easy on the reader. If you take nothing from this article, please enforce grammar in your children's education.

Regarding my writing "Naturally Thin," I never thought I would write a book much less the several I have forthcoming. This book wasn't planned. It simply was a revelation and an unshackling from endless dieting that I had experienced. Therefore, I just had to write it
down, to illustrate it, to deconstruct it to free every woman I know (and those that I don't) from the endless dieting struggles that keep the diet business booming. I'm so thrilled and flattered that it is resonating with people and that the way in which I've communicated my
thoughts is clearly understood by the reader.

I'll never consider myself an author, but I'm really loving this new journey of being a writer.