Thursday, March 8, 2018

Blog Tour: Overweight to Fighting Weight read my interview with Author @AJWatson_ #giveaway #interview

Non-fiction. Weight loss and health
Date Published: 8 December 2017

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Looking to lose weight but everything has failed? Discover the physical and mental aspects of becoming a much healthier you, written by someone that dropped 80kg!

Get the weight loss system written by someone that went from zero exercise and over 175kg, to a multiple time Australian and Pan Pacific martial arts Champion.

AJ Watson has shed 80kg in his journey and for the first time shares how he did it, and what needed to change mentally and physically to achieve his goals.

This book will teach you how to:

·        understand weight loss issues

·        figure out nutrition labels

·        learn how to set goals

·        improve your motivation

·        boost your willpower

·        structure your exercise

·        become a better version of you.

AJ Watson’s approach tackles the issues from multiple angles giving a much greater level of success than diet alone. Treat yourself to a wealth of knowledge and kick those extra kilos goodbye.

AJ discusses his physical and mental states throughout his journey, and how he combated multiple challenges to attain results. Because he has been there, AJ understands the thought process of overeating, obesity, a sedentary lifestyle and low self-esteem. His successes as a martial artist, coach and author are traced back to the struggle out of his lowest point.

Now you can benefit from that struggle as well.

Grab your copy today.


Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?

This book is a system to lose weight, change negative behaviours, gain motivation and set goals to live a healthier life. So while the core goal is to shed weight, the message would be to utilise your mind to ensure you have the tenacity, drive and willpower to achieve your healthy goals.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

 Not with the writing process itself, just in finding the time to sit down and actually write. I have a very busy week with full time work, martial arts coaching and starting a life coaching business. There isn’t much time left for writing but I fit it in when I can.

How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

 I have published a fantasy/sci fi trilogy (Void War: The Gatekeeper Trilogy), this non-fiction book (Overweight to Fighting Weight), and another fantasy/sci fi/western series (Inquisitor Qyr Chronicles) with the first book ready to publish (Arson’s Canvas). I also have its sequel in the works.
I have a love for all my books for different reasons. I am most proud of OW2FW as it documents probably the biggest achievement I’ve had of losing around 80kg. I know it will help a lot of people. My favourite though would be my latest (and unpublished) novel Arson’s Canvas. I’ve enjoyed creating the characters and the world they inhabit. My first trilogy by virtue of the plot of galactic war didn’t stick to one location or planet so each was not explored as fully as I would have liked. With Arson’s Canvas the events take place in a few cities close together. I could spend more time filling out the area with interesting locations and people. This way the reader can see the direct impact of character actions on the environment and regular citizens, and the protagonists have to deal directly with the fallout. 

If You had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?

 For OW2FW the movie would be biographical and over a couple decades so it would be difficult choosing someone that looks like and can act like me. I would think a couple of actors would be required due to changes in age. I also imagine a lot of CGI as I can’t see an actor willing to put on 80kg then lose it over the course of filming. I would probably divorce myself from the casting process.
Really anyone over 6ft that looks good bald and with a goatee would suffice.

When did you begin writing?

 About 15 years ago, give or take.

How long did it take to complete your first book?

 About eight years. I wrote as a hobby between other projects when time permitted. My other books were far shorter. My third for example I finished in about three months, mainly due to taking extended leave from work and spending everyday writing until I had pumped out at least 2000 words.

Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?

Not any direct inspiration to become a writer, but I have favourite authors that have influenced me. Stephen King’s On Writing has impacted my process greatly. I read a lot of fantasy as a kid such as Tolkien, Feist, Eddings etc. My tastes evolved around 17 when I started into Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Richard Layman. Now I simply look for a good tale and read a wide range of genres and authors. They all have some impact on whatever I am writing at the time, even if is simply choosing a specific word.

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

Re-reading a section and thinking “how did I come up with that?”
Based on advice from Stephen King, I write the first draft and then put it away for months, not thinking about it. I then read it with a fresh mind; I often forget some details and am surprised at some of the word choices, scenes and reactions. Surprising myself is great. I have thought something needs to be added or explained, and then a paragraph or two later that point is already there. I then get to decide if it stays where it was or mention it sooner.
This wouldn’t be possible without that month’s long break and I can enjoy it more as a reader than the author.

Describe your latest book in 4 words.

 Mentality of shedding weight

Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?

 I have many writing ideas and plans, and I always seem to come up with more. This book was my first foray into non-fiction and it was an enjoyable ride. I’m thinking of other topics to write about but for now I’m focused on my next fiction series called
The Inquisitor Qyr Chronicles. It blends fantasy with some sci fi, wrapped in a detective blanket and set in a western era. The first book is Arson’s Canvas and tours a rich world filled with intrigue and running on elemental power.
Qyr is an Inquisitor for The Trust, the law enforcement agency of planet Volyce. He loves his job investigating serious crimes in a town not far removed from the frontier status during the rush for mining ore. One thing he loves more than his job is his privacy.
However that is threatened when a murderer destroys a monastery in a blast of fire only the greatest practitioners of the elements could muster.
The wanton destruction exposes secrets of several powerful organisations as Qyr conducts his inquisition. Secrets that shake the foundation of even The Trust itself.
That pales to the personal conflict for the Inquisitor. His extensive history is filled with details best left to the past. Balancing between privacy and duty, Qyr must learn the secrets of his birth before they attack the life he has built.
Who can he trust with enemies encroaching on all sides, even among those seeming to help?
Inquisitor Qyr chronicles his journey so he can understand a choice that will impact millions, and kill millions more.

The book is ready for the final draft and I’ve started on its sequel.

About the Author

AJ Watson (Tony to his friends) lives with his wife Barbara in the great state of Victoria, Australia.

AJ is a certified Life Coach and continues to expand his skills to assist others not only duplicate his successes but to clear any mental barriers people place upon themselves.

Tony has obtained a Bachelor of Computing and although he has a love of technology, he can’t help dreaming of worlds with vicious creatures and powerful metaphysics. He uses this imagination to write sci fi/fantasy novels.

Tony is an experienced martial artist competitor and instructor, having won multiple national gold medals and assisting others to do the same.

In his spare time, among other things, Tony dabbles in computer graphics and GMs many role play games with his family and friends.

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1 comment:

Emily H said...

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