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About Karen R. Koenig

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 4/12

Q. Previous occupations

A. Teacher, typist, office manager, copywriter

Q. Favorite job

A. Therapist and writer.

Q. High school and/or college

A. Simmons College School of Social Work

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Billie Holiday.

Q. Favorite television show

A. Seinfeld

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. Lucky to do what I love to do.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. We're all doing the best we can.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. It's all about love--loving and being loved and going gaga over what you do.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Not getting all the ideas in my head into books before I die.

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

A. Here in Sarasota, FL--paradise!

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Because I write about eating, I'd say food and weight.

On Books and Writing

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. I don't often enjoy rereading books.

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

A. Keep writing only if you love it.

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. "It sounds like you're writing about me."

Q. How did you come to write Nice Girls Finish Fat?

A. I realized that so many of the troubled eaters I counsel and teach are the nicest women in the world who take care of others with their warm hearts and take care of themselves with food. I knew I had to teach them to put themselves first and learn more effective self-care strategies.

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