Featured Interview With Nordine Zouareg
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born in the back of a French Army truck in the Sahara desert from Berber North African parents. As a baby, my parents moved to Roubaix (North of France) to seek medical attention for my condition, I had Rickets. There I spent two years in and out of hospitals. My teachers and my classmates alike bullied me both for several years, causing anxiety and trauma. At age 19, I weighed 108 lbs. I picked up gymnastics and weight lifting to help me mentally, physically, and emotionally. Three and half years later I won several major bodybuilding titles such as Mr. Europe, Mr. World, and Mr. Universe. I had a twelve-year career as a professional athlete traveling the world to speak and compete. In 1995, the US Department of Justice granted me the status of Alien of Extraordinary Ability, a status granted only to individuals who possess extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, or who has shown a record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry and has been recognized nationally or internationally for those achievements. In 1999, I was vetted to create and lead a wellness program at the renowned Miraval Life In Balance Resort & Spa in Arizona. There I worked with top celebrities, business moguls, and politicians alike. I am a published author of two books, Mind Over Body (Springboard Press, 2007) and InnerFitness (Skyhorse Publishing, 2021). I am the father of two wonderful children and one exceptional and fun French Bulldog. I live in Oro Valley, AZ.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
As early as 10. To cope with my anxiety, I read. I started writing solely for personal therapeutic reasons when I was 12. It’s only in 2000 that I had the desire to be published by a publishing company. Five years later, in 2005, I landed a book deal with Springboard press/Hachette Books for a six-figure advance. Not bad for a first-time author. In 2021, I negotiated another book deal with Skyhorse Publishing/Simon & Schuster.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I am fascinated by self-development and the eastern philosophy genre. Some of my favorite authors are Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, to name a few.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My latest book, InnerFitness: Five Steps to Overcome Fear and Anxiety While Building Your Self-Worth, took me almost three years to write. The book outline effective and proven methods for creating and maintaining both emotional and physical fitness. It also addresses five key issues to personal development: Self-Worth, Trust, Tranquility, Body, and Desire To Fight. By exploring these five basic issues that hold most of us back, I wanted to show how to be empowered, have emotional clarity, and consistently choose freedom over fear, success over self-sabotage, confidence over insecurity, and courage over passivity. In essence, retraining the brain from “I’m not enough!” to “I’m good enough!” We live in a world where happiness is rather elusive and often sought in all the wrong places, leading therefore to “unhappiness.” I wanted the readers to go on a journey of inner truth and inner peace.
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