Norm Goldman, Publisher & Editor of Bookpleasures.com Interviews Veronica Grey known as the “Queen of Surfing” who was recently awarded along with Leonardo DiCaprio the 2015 Special Humanitarian Award from the International Film Awards for their work on their critically acclaimed environmental documentary Worst Shark Attack Ever, as well as the Socially Responsible Conservationist Award from the New Media Film Festival and the Special Jury Award from the International Film Festival of Environment, Health, and Culture.
Bookpleasures.com welcomes as our guest Veronica Grey known as the “Queen of Surfing” who was recently awarded along with Leonardo DiCaprio the 2015 Special Humanitarian Award from the International Film Awards for their work on their critically acclaimed environmental documentary Worst Shark Attack Ever, as well as the Socially Responsible Conservationist Award from the New Media Film Festival and the Special Jury Award from the International Film Festival of Environment, Health, and Culture.
Veronica appears frequently on television as a steward of the environment and is the world's most televised lifestyle expert. She has been recognized for her achievements in Eco conscious sustainability and shark repellent innovation.
Veronica is also the author of five books including the number one best-selling book Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: The 5 Most Important Wellness Secrets of All Time.
She is also the founder of the not-for-profit organization Eternal Youth Empire.
Norm: Good day Veronica and thanks for participating in our interview
Veronica: Thank you very much Norm. It is an honor to be here.
Norm; When and why did you become interested in Eco conscious sustainability?
Veronica: When I began surfing about 4 years ago, I literally would sometimes have to paddle through plastic debris and was horrified to learn about the Pacific Ocean trash vortex and 5 gyres of garbage in our seas, amounting to the size of the United States. That is when I decided to do some research on how to stop crippling our planet with plastic. I made an award winning environmental documentary about it which can be seen free Here
Norm: What motivated you to become involved in the production of the Worst Shark Attack Ever and how was it like working together with Leonardo DiCaprio? As a follow up, what was your reaction when you received along with Leonardo the 2015 Special Humanitarian Award from the International Film Awards?
Veronica: I was innocently surfing in Costa Rica when I got one of those newsletters in my email about the horrors of shark finning. It turns out sharks are dangerously close to extinction and without them, our planet would not be able to support the humans, so just like the plastic problem, I rolled up my sleeves and created an awareness documentary starring footage of Leonardo DiCaprio because he too, is knee deep in the crusade to salvage our Earth.
Thanks to him I have been propelled to "a list status" so working in conjunction with his efforts turns out to be the best thing that ever happened to my career, even though the energy behind our work has absolutely nothing to do with self promotion. Nothing! Each time we receive an award together I am happily surprised and humbled and do my best to show up in person to accept the award.
Norm: How does it feel to be the world's most televised surfer and be known as “The Queen of Surfing.”
Veronica: If you ask
anyone they will tell you the actual best surfers in the world are
Keala Kennelly, Kelly Slater and John John Florence. I have lived
with Keala, consider her and Kelly friends and there are almost no
words to describe my relationship with John John so to get on TV even
more than the people who I pretty much idolize is like, a Disney
ayahuasca video game dream. Like any stellar King, John John helped
me become the Queen of Surfing and even crowned me Best Surfer of All Time.
Norm: You have authored five books, one of which, Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: The 5 Most Important Wellness Secrets of All Time is a #1 best-seller. When do you decide you wanted to write books and what keeps you going as an author?
Veronica: I was hitchhiking through Europe near the beginning of this millennium. It was supposed to last only 3 months but it ended up being almost 2 entire years. I was emailing my friends about my adventures and they heavily encouraged me to put it all in a book so when I first started, I literally just copied and pasted some of my emails to use as book content.
What keeps me going as an author? I am driven in my path of walking in Christ consciousness to enlighten the masses so I strive for my books to reach as wide an audience as possible, because they are now in the self-help and spiritual realm.
Norm: Could you tell us a little about Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: The 5 Most Important Wellness Secrets of All Time? What purpose do you believe your book serves and what matters to you about the book? How did you decide you were ready to write the book?
Veronica: In this day and age, to claim to present the "5 Most Important Wellness Secrets of All Time" is pretty audacious, so you better deliver. The purpose it serves is to share exactly as the title states, and what matters to me is that it unquestionably does so, with utmost integrity, which is why I have been on pretty much every network presenting it. Producers will not bring you on their show unless you are credible.
I knew I was ready to write the book when I began hanging out with superstar surfer John John Florence. He wanted to "do something" with me. We weren't sure exactly what, but this book was born organically from our synergy.
Norm: What was the most difficult part of writing all of your books?
Veronica: Absolutely nothing. I love the process.
Norm: I understand that you have created the earth's first ever and only line of shark repellent swimwear and surfboards. What is that all about?
Veronica: It turns out for various scientific reasons that black and white stripes repel sharks, so we exclusively trademarked the concept and put black and white stripes on our we tsuits, swimwear, and surfboards. All we need now is a global distributor to license our trademark and stock shark repellent swimwear in stores across the planet so we can save countless lives and limbs, since a shark attack occurs on this planet once every 5 days. I go on TV a lot elaborating upon this concept - clips are all over the Internet
Norm: What has been the best part about being published?
Veronica: Helping people. Saving the humans. And being able to pay bills from doing something you love is such a blessing
Norm: Do you worry about the human race?
Veronica: Yes. But I pray, meditate, and believe in miracles. There have been studies of how when a group of people meditate on a city, crime rates actually drop in that location. We are all one and sending positive energy to any situation improves it.
Norm: What is the Eternal Youth Empire about?
Veronica: Like many savvy entrepreneurs these days, my business platform is not-for-profit. As stated above, my books and products enhance if not save lives, so it is fitting that my umbrella is a not-for-profit organization named Eternal Youth Empire (aka Israel-Light).
Norm: Where can our readers find out more about you and Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: The 5 Most Important Wellness Secrets of All Time?
Norm: What is next for Veronica Grey:
Veronica: I am working on TOP SURF RESORTS IN THE WORLD which is basically a list of the top ten surf hotels in the world. If your readers would like to nominate one, there is a contact page at that URL.
Norm: As this interview draws to a close what one question would you have liked me to ask you? Please share your answer.
Veronica: Norm in all honesty you went way more in depth than I would have expected so all I can say is thank you for helping enlighten the lives of all who read this. Namaste
Norm: Thanks once again and good luck with all of your future endeavors