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Meet Dr. Naheed Ali, M.D. author of Are You Fit to Live? Four Steps to Improving Your Health
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By Norm Goldman
Published on April 21, 2010
 


Norm Goldman, Publisher & Editor of Bookpleasures.com Interviews Dr. Naheed Ali, M.D. author of Are You Fit to Live? Four Steps to Improving Your Health

 


Author: Dr. Naheed Ali, M.D.
ISBN: 978-0982546925

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Today, Norm Goldman, Publisher & Editor of Bookpleasures.com is pleased to have as our guest Dr. Naheed Ali, M.D. author of Are You Fit to Live? Four Steps to Improving Your Health.

Good day Dr. Ali and thanks for participating in our interview.

Norm:

Please tell our readers a little bit about your professional background. Where did you receive your medical degree and training?

Dr. Ali:

Thanks for having me on this interview Norm.  I earned my B.S. in Biology from Adelphi University and later relocated to Atlanta to pursue my medical degree. I received my MD degree from Xavier University School of Medicine. I am currently an extremely influential contributor for Suite 101 Media, Inc., an online magazine that generates over 27 million visitors per month.  At the moment I have personal devoted following of more than 100,000 readers each month who are reading and hopefully benefiting from these medical articles.

Norm:

What motivated you to write Are You Fit to Live? Four Steps to Improving Your Health?

Dr. Ali: 

I wrote this book because I wanted to equip everyday people to take responsibility for their own well being with information that has been researched and can be relied upon. I also wanted to convey findings and thoughts from my own medical training in a way that readers can easily relate the information in the book to their own life experiences.

Norm:

Can you explain some of your research techniques, and how you found sources for your book?

Dr. Ali: 

A vast portion of the book was born from my own interactions and interviews between friends and patients.  Also, I used read many health books and journals when I was in medical school in order to keep up with the latest trends in healthcare. I believe the best form of research however, is conducted by asking simple vis-à-vis questions as well as making your own personal observations in your surrounding environment.

Norm:

What do you want your book to do and why do you think this is an important book at this time?

Dr. Ali:

In these times, people –myself included-- really need others who can present information and educate them in ways outside the domain of the conventional classroom. I think of myself as an educator and speaker who knows how to capitalize on collaborative thought and learning. I find that a fascinating process.  That’s why my books are always filled with lots of give and take with the readers. 

Norm:

What was the most difficult part of writing your book?

Dr. Ali: 

Writer’s block.  There were days on which I could write almost an entire chapter and others when I could barely even cut through a page of writing.  I’m assuming it’s something all of us writers must deal with over time.

Norm:

What makes your book different from the many other books on the market dealing with the same subject matter?

Dr. Ali:

The book discusses why family structure and adherence is such an important factor. The book also draws insights on the undoubted necessity of sleep along with the need to tackle its disorders.  I try to make the reader understand what really needs to be done about heart disease, and I also serve up the big picture on diet and obesity.

Norm:

Can you tell us how you found representation for your book? Did you pitch it to an agent, or query publishers who would most likely publish this type of book? Any rejections? Did you self-publish? 

Dr. Ali:

Initially, I thought about self publishing it since it’s such a growing trend these days.  I even researched and spoke with a few self publishers.  Eventually I queried my publisher, a trade publisher, directly. I was offered publication in about two months following the query . But the pain of rejection seems to be something that always comes with the territory.  Before approaching the publisher directly, I had queried approximately 50 agents, and I felt honored to even get responses from about 25% of them.  It was a long road traveled, but thankfully I am now represented by a wonderful literary agent for my book on diabetes as well as all my future books.

Norm:

How can our readers find out more about you and Are You Fit to Live? Four Steps to Improving Your Health?

Dr. Ali:

Readers can find out more about me and Are You Fit to Live? at my WEBSITE.  They can also ask for the book at their local bookstore.

Norm:

Is there anything else you wish to add that we have not covered?

Dr. Ali: 

Yes, I want to take this opportunity to thank the many friends and family who have made this project come to life.

Norm:

Thanks once again and good luck with all of your future endeavors

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