Greta Boris is the author of the Amazon Fitness and Exercise bestseller “The Wine and Chocolate Workout,” a freelance writer, and a budding novelist. She is currently hard at work on a series of thrillers based on the Seven Deadly Sins. She describes her work (and her life) as an O.C. housewife meets Dante’s Inferno. Come visit her at http://gretaboris.com.
What’s your favorite part of “The Wine and Chocolate Workout” and why?
In the chapter on Playing Versus Exercising, I tell the story of a woman I knew who played her way to the weight loss she’d been unsuccessfully attempting for years. She got her mind off her waistline and on to becoming a better tennis player. One day she put on her tennis skirt and it almost fell off. She’d lost the unwanted pounds without even realizing she was doing it.
I love this story because it encapsulates the message of the book. Diets, striving, self-deprivation are not only miserable, they don’t work. There is a healthy, joyful, and fun way to get in the best shape of your life and, when you do it that way, it lasts.
What is your favorite holiday tradition?
I love to sing—daughter of an opera singer that I am. Growing up, we stood around the piano every Christmas Eve and sang carols for hours. Now I sing in a community chorale. We perform four concerts in December, which is great, but my favorite thing is to sing in local hospitals. This year we’ll be singing at CHOC and in the Veteran’s hospital. It’s wonderful to watch the faces of those who are struggling light up when they hear the familiar words of hope.
If a reader curls up with your book on a cold, winter night, what’s the perfect seasonal beverage you’d recommend?
Wine, of course. I guess, for the holidays it could be mulled wine, but I’d hate to ruin a great glass of Cab or a Pinot with a bunch of spices. I say, drink it straight with some chocolate on the side.
What are you working on next?
I’ve totally been bitten by the fiction bug. I just completed a thriller with supernatural elements that is out there in the ether waiting for agents’ reviews. I’m also working on a series of novellas based on the seven deadly sins. There is a story for each sin.
“Lust,” the one I’m focused on currently, is about a married real estate agent who has become smitten with a younger man. She sets up a tryst in a beautiful, beach home she has listed, but before they can seal the deal something goes horribly wrong.
I’m calling my genre Cozy Horror. The best way to describe it is: Real housewives in the O.C. meet Dante’s “Inferno.” The stories are about regular women, with the kind of flaws we all deal with, who encounter some pretty harrowing circumstances. There are thrills, chills, and some humor, but they are ultimately stories of hope and redemption.
The Wine and Chocolate Workout: Sip, Savor, and Strengthen for a Healthier Life
By Greta Boris
Do you wish you could afford a personal trainer? Statistically, you are more likely to reach your fitness goals if you hire one. Trainers know their clients aren’t going to give up their favorite treats, like wine and chocolate, so how do they have such great success? Learn their secrets with this simple, step by step approach to a healthier, lighter life.