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I get to meet a lot of very interesting authors as a reviewer for Today's guest is Valerie B. Lull, author of Ten Healthy Teas, a nice little book that introduces the reader to the wonderful world of tea and its potential healing qualities.

After reading her book, I had a few questions for Valerie and invited her for an interview here. She has also generously offered to give away 2 copies of her book to readers of my blog. To enter, all you have to do is 'like' this blog post or leave a comment below. Winners will be picked on 20th May 2012.

Here's the interview:

Ten Healthy Teas is all about how tea can be beneficial to health. How did you go about researching the content for the book?

I am currently attending the American College of Health Sciences and studying to be a Master Herbalist. A lot of the information came from things I was learning in my studies. I also used the school library to research various herbs and I found a lot of good information on Google as well as reading numerous books about herbs.I have tried many herbal teas and on myself to see how they work.

The book contains ten of your favourite teas as well as various recipes where you have suggested combining different teas. What’s your personal favourite tea at the moment?

My favorite tea at the moment is a variation on Garlic Tea, where I use minced garlic, chicken bullion and cayenne pepper. It's great for warning up on a cold rainy day and it does wonders for your sinuses if you have the sniffles.

In your bio, it states that you are studying herbalism. What made you decide to study that and are you enjoying it?

As I got older I developed health problems and began reading anything I could find on alternative medicine. I decided I wanted to be a Master Herbalist and help people learn simple things they could do to be healthy. I enjoy it very much.

I read in your bio on that you have done a lot of academic writing in the past. What kind of subjects have you written about?

My Masters Degree was in Sociology and I did a thesis on Alienation in Minister's Wives.

I also read that you like British comedies and drama. As a Brit, I am interested to hear which of our programmes you enjoy. What are some of your favourites?

I liked, Are You Being Served, Keeping up Appearances, Upstairs Downstairs, The Duchess of Duke Street, The Lost Prince, Anything to do with Miss Marple Mysteries, To The Manor Born, the movie "The King's Speech", and the movie "The Duchess".

You describe yourself on your Amazon bio as a ‘cat fanatic’. Please elaborate. (I like cats, too, and some of my blog followers own numerous cats; I am sure they would like to hear more about your fanaticism!)

I have had numerous cats during my life and each one had its own unique personality and idiosyncracies. I currently have only one cat (my condo is not big enough for more) and her name is Happy. She sits in my lap while I read and walks on my keyboard when I write.

Who are your favourite authors and what is it about their writing that you like?

I like numerous authors. The first one that comes to mind is Bunyan's Pilgrim's progress, I also liked C.S. Lewis's Narnia series, I liked James Herriot's books, and Charles Dickens Christmas Carol, also the Lord or the Rings series..

Is there a book you own that you’ve read more than once?

The Bible, Janes Herriot's books, Pilgrim's Progress and the Sherlock Holmes Series.

Are you reading a book at the moment?

Yes, I am currently reading a book on vinegar.

What do you think of e-books as compared to print books?

I prefer print books, especially for picture books. My back gets tired sitting at the computer reading a book, I much prefer sitting in my easy chair reading a print book with my cat in my lap. I know there are readers out there that you can get, but most cost more than I care to pay. If I do get one it will be one that is color as opposed to black and white.

Are you planning any other books, and if so, can you tell us a bit about what you’re working on?

Yes, I am working on another book, about my favorite herbs.

Where can people buy your book?

Amazon , Barnes & Noble

Do you have your own website or blog where people can read more about your work?

Yes. My blog is called Simple ways to stay Healthy, the address is and my web page is

Thank you, Valerie!


Remember, if you'd like the chance to win a copy of Valerie's book, just leave a comment below or click the 'like' button. Good luck!
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Published on April 20, 2012 12:51 • 382 views • Tags: author-interview, contest, giveaway, health, tea, ten-healthy-teas, valerie-b-lull