Featured Interview With Ann Musico
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I am a New York girl, born and raised! I was born in Queens. We moved to Rockland County when I was 14. I went to Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School right after graduating high school and worked for 11 years as a secretary first at a spice company and then as a legal secretary until I got married and moved to Tennessee with my husband. So I am a wife of 37 years at this writing and the mother of three amazing kids and grandmother to two with two more on the way this year! We had our two boys in Tennessee and then moved back to New York and had our daughter. We still live in the mid-Hudson Valley. We had a wonderful dog when we first got married. Scrappy was half wolf (verified by the vet) and was the most wonderful pet with our children. He died at the age of 10. While we never did get another dog, all our kids are married and have families of their own. Two have dogs, Mari a Jack Russel mix and Minnie, also a mix, we see and dog-sit regularly. I should also mention I am a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ and my Christian faith colors all I do.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I don’t ever remember a time when I didn’t love writing! I have always journaled and one of my favorite gifts is always a fresh, clean, brand new notebook of any kind! As a 6th grade elementary school student I used to take care of the kindergarteners while the teacher was on a break. I loved writing stories to read to them as well as reading books in the classroom. This has been a lifelong love.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I tend to lean toward nonfiction, health oriented and Christian faith books as I am a certified holistic health coach. I love reading new information and learning things I didn’t know and can use in my own life, to help my family and clients. I have always loved reading. I am never without a book in progress! Some of my favorite authors are T.D. Jakes, Jessica and Nick Ortner, Dr. Caroline Leaf, Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Joseph Mercola, Kenneth Copeland just to name a few. They inspire me to stretch my understanding of spiritual and physical/health knowledge and beliefs.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My latest book, Today is Still the Day, is an updated version of my first book. I have been using the plan to work with clients for 8 years and this book is the result of what I’ve learned from working with people – what works, what doesn’t and how best to create a plan that can become a lifestyle rather than a temporary diet. Ask anyone when they will begin a diet and usually the answer is, tomorrow. Well I believe today is always the right day! This book is a DIY version of my 7 week coaching plan of the same name. Anyone that wants to clean up their diet, eat more healthfully and release that excess fat, this book walks you through the plan and gives you background to explain why I suggest what I do. It is not a diet. It is what I consider a blueprint, a framework you can adjust and tweak to fit your specific needs and metabolic makeup. One size never fits all that is one reason why most diets fail. Being too limited or restrictive is another reason. In this plan, which is clearly laid out in the book, we focus on real, high quality, one-ingredient foods in a form as close to how God created them. Quality is the most important factor in my opinion, particularly with our compromised food supply. The book also addresses spirit and soul (mind, will, emotion) issues which are often overlooked when dealing with weight loss. We are triune beings: we are spirits who have a soul (mind, will, emotions – personality) and we live in a physical body. I do not believe you can ignore any one aspect of your being and be truly healthy and whole.
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