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About Nell Stephenson

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 9/15

Q. Previous occupations

A. Private Fitness Trainer, Executive Assistant; my first job at age 13 was baking apple pies at an orchard

Q. Favorite job

A. Being an author and educator about Paleo

Q. High school and/or college

A. Brewster High School, Brewster, NY; Univeristy of Southern California, Los Angeles

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Pachelbel; Bob Marley

Q. Favorite movie

A. Miracle on 34th Street

Q. Favorite television show

A. Tie between Twin Peaks and The Sopranos

Revealing Questions

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

A. Health, Fitness, Exercise, Wellness, Sport, Creative, Bountiful, Beautiful

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Attitude of Gratitude

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Being completely present, with my husband and dogs (my family!), relaxed, peaceful and surrounded with love.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. I'm not fear driven; I have things that come and go that are frightening, but I am always able to move forward.

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

A. Exactly where I am!

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. I'd like to be compared to someone who has a significant impact on improving the health of our society

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. My husband

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. paleo, paleo diet, eat food and move

Q. What do you regret most?

A. No regrets; I think everything happens for a reason.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. I'd like to be a better swimmer! It's my weak link in Ironman racing.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. I'm proud of having written my first book, and having accomplished some of my goals in my business and sport. I'm far from being finished, though!

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I'm a worry wort; not necessarily a flaw but I can drive myself nuts!

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I'm authentic.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. I'm happy being me!

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I walk the walk, and talk the talk of the original Paleoista!

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. I don't have one, but sometimes my husband says I'm Wonderwoman!

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. None

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. It would be fascinating to meet someone who was aboard the Titanic; I've always been drawn to that story.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Passive-agressive behavior. Just speak your mind!

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Cooking or training for my sport.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. I'm living it! I'm so grateful.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Authenticity, Integrity and Being Present

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Kale

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. One Love (Bob Marley), Fix You (Cold Play), Anything by the Gipsy Kings, Radio Head and Ulrich Schnauss

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Sophie Kinsella/Madeline Wickham, Laura Ingalls Wilder, the older John Grisham books, James Herriott

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

A. All Things Wise & Wonderful, Gone With The Wind, The Great Gatsby, A Christmas Carol

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. No, there are too many new ones out there!

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

A. Don't try to change your voice to match another author's voice. Be you!

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

A. That I write in the same manner in which I speak.

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