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About Daniel F. Seidman

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 7/21

Q. Previous occupations

A. I was a musician as a teenager and a composer during and after college. I play jazz piano and I have found that being able to improvise has been a very helpful skill in treating smoking addiction and as a psychotherapist as well.

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Art Tatum; Sir Roland Hanna; Bill Evans; Leonard Bernstein; Aaron Copland; Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel

Q. Favorite movie

A. Inherit the wind-- I also like Goldfinger.

Revealing Questions

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Nothing feels better than accomplishing something you didn’t know you could do.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Italy, where I had my honeymoon, because I was so relaxed there and the food is amazing.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. “Smoking can't solve a real life problem; it is a real life problem.” Also I like to say “really!” when I am curious about what someone is saying.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Being a father to my two sons.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I’m interested in what people have to say, so they like to talk to me.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. People who pretend to know what they are doing and just cause more and unnecessary problems.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. tennis pro

On Books and Writing

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. The Red and The Black by Henri Stendhal; The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky; The Razors Edge by W. Somerset Maugham; The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm; Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Avoid run on sentences and run on thoughts.

Q. How did you come to write Smoke-Free in 30 Days?

A. On November 30, 2007 I received an email from Mehmet Oz, a colleague at Columbia University telling me: “I am working on an Oprah show to smokeout America”. I began to work with him and Michael F. Roizen, M.D. of the Cleveland Clinic on what I realized was a tremendous opportunity to help smokers: an entire Oprah show on helping smokers quit!. This book, in part, grows out of the spirit of Mehmet and Mike’s approach to health and the public: to present medical and human problems in all their complexity but to do it in understandable terms which can benefit large numbers of people. This is a tough balance but a crucial and worthwhile endeavor. Great thanks to Mehmet and Mike as well as J. Lee Westmaas, Ph.D. of the American Cancer Society for their unfailingly generous and helpful suggestions and comments which have been inspirational to me in editing the program presented in this book.

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