You Amazing Interview About My Book 

This is FABULOUS — thanks so much!!! I was recently interviewed by Rose Brighton, international freelance journalist originally hailing from Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario. Here’s some of the article she’s writing….SO exciting!!! An interview with Joan Minnery, Canadian author of the book Walking My Way Back To Me.

What is your book Walking My Way Back To Me about?

Many are discovering what my story really means, and how it applies to them. It’s not just a book about weight loss. It’s my autobiography — my life story of fame, success, bullying, hardships, domestic abuse, family happiness/tragedy; with the behind the scenes suffering of a person in the spotlight, and the truth behind the story. Walking My Way Back To Me is about how I reclaimed my life and fought my way back to me (and ultimately to my son). I don’t think I was actually walking; I believe at times I grew wings and freaking flew!!!”

YOU must have a back story?  Of course I do. Walking My Way Back To Me is a love story. Make that a love story trilogy; I’ll break it down into three parts. 1. A mother’s unconditional love for her son, and her controversial quest to take a very unique stand to save the life of her son’s mom. 2. A woman whose heart had been pulled through the eye of a needle and unexpectedly finding her Blue Sky. 3. Total 100% SELF LOVE!!! It’s a very raw hauntingly honest autobiography of living on the large side of life; featuring the truth behind how I successfully transformed my once poisoned body from a sob story into a successful adventure novel.

Is there a lesson you want your readers to learn?  As with any addiction, weight loss is all about choices. It’s very simple really. Healthy Eating + Movement = Success. YOU have to make the choice. YOU choose what to put into your body and how YOU treat your body. You either spend your life sitting in the waiting room at medical facilities and buying medication to soothe your ailments OR you spend your life walking along the river and buying running shoes. The choice is yours, it’s a no brainer. Biggest lesson: You’re either a host to your body or a hostage to it, the choice is up to you!!!

What is your advice for anyone starting out on a weight loss journey?  Never give up. Conceive, Believe Achieve. Everyone has a story.  You are the author. Be your own hero. Compose your own life song. And of course my own mantra: Put down the fork and get moving.

Why did you write Walking My Way Back To Me?  The most honest answer I can give is this one; because I was asked to write a book. I began doing motivational speaking very early on in my weight loss journey. The one constant request from the numerous groups and throughout the myriad of shows has been for me to write a book about my journey. The other reason and feasibly the most prolific one is to say THANK YOU.

You’ve had a great deal of success for a self-published author. Why do you feel your book has been so successful?  Quite honestly I believe the answer to that is within the pages. To put is simply it’s the right product, the right place, the right time, the right price, “priceless”, the right product placement, and most definitely, the right stuff!

You don’t have a publisher; to what do you attribute the sales of your book?  That’s an easy answer; it’s not what, it’s who: MY READERS, 100%.  We have been very blessed with people posting about our book on facebook and twitter and talking about it with their friends and so on. There’s also been a great amount of success through word of mouth, online reviews and lots of photographs on facebook of people reading it and taking selfies. Our book reviews been off the charts. Not only do I not have a publisher, I also don’t have a literary agent, or an agent of any kind, or a publicist. This is all been done through me, my family, friends and my amazing support system.

What was the hardest part about writing this book?  As odd as this may sound, the most difficult aspect of writing the book was in actually reading what I had written after it had been completed. I originally wrote from my head — systematic route memory of events. Upon reading the story, I was gobsmacked and overwhelmed with the raw intensity and the frankness of how I told my story. At times it was tough for me to relive many of those moments and then to have to deal with them emotionally. I am very proud of what I have written but it wasn’t easy choosing what to put into the book. There’s so much more to tell.

If you have more to tell does that mean you are working on a sequel?  Authors are always working on their next book. As for me I have quite a few book ideas for the future. However if you’re asking about a sequel we’ve decided not to write a follow up story to Walking My Way Back To Me. Rather, we’re going to be a live action theatre version of the book. We’re going to bring the story to life on stage in a musical adaptation.

WOW, that’s incredible and very unique.  We will definitely be asking more questions about this project moves forward.

Well, it’s not unusual for me, giving the colorful character that I am. I feel that’s there’s so much more to tell. We’re casting for the musical over the Christmas holidays and hope to be in front of our first audiences in August 2016.

Where can we purchase a copy of Walking My Way Back To Me?  In Brantford they can be purchased at Serenity Country Candles located at 44 Holme Street in Holmedale. If you’re attending my Motivational Presentations, Zumba/Line Dance classes, we have copies with us all the time. Of course they can also be purchased on line through my website at or through

Final Thoughts?  I had no idea when we released this book a year ago that we’d have the overwhelming success that we have enjoyed. It’s been a tonic of rainbows and joy. There are so many people to thank and in doing so I may forget someone so suffice to say if you have my life in your hands, thank you. I am so very fortunate that my Dad lived long enough to see my dream come to reality and to experience 10 months with me as we would pack envelopes full of books on their way to Canada Post and watching his face as I came in with more boxes of books. I am grateful for all of the amazing graces being showered upon me by God and the abundance of blessings all around me. I am healthy, I am fit, I am happy, I wealthy but most of all I am alive. In the words of the man himself, “Thank You, Thank You Very Much.”

For anyone wishing to get in touch with Joan Minnery or purchase a copy of Walking My Way Back To Me, please contact
Joan Minnery

519-752-1694 / 519-771-5687

Twitter: @joanminnery OR @FatFitFree

Facebook: joanminnery OR WalkingMyWayBackToMe

Our Book Makes The Ellen Show Website

WOW WOW WOW….Congrats goes out to BRANTFORD’S OWN –Chantelle Schmidt. Monique Roussel Hunsley, Lynda Vanderstelt & Lorie Feeney Hawkins.

Their two (2) very popular BRANTFORD Feel Good Videos Have Found Their Way Onto The ELLEN Show….BOTH Pay-It-Forward popular online inspirational stories have been featured on Ellen DeGeneres’ website

Here is Chantelle Schmidt‘s Solo Motivating Project:

Here is the Serenity Sisters Fun TRIO Quip:

Congrats Ladies!!! Brantford’s Got The Spirit — Let’s SHAPE Up!!!

Brantford Feel Good Story 

An amazing Brantford Feel Good Story. 3 local ladies enjoying their well earned online fame. Thousands of views in just 4 days.

Walking My Way Back To Me — NEW HOME

My book Walking My Way Back To Me is now available at Serenity Country Candles located at 44 Holme Street, Brantford. We put them on the shelves on Saturday and SOLD OUT by Monday at lunch. We have MORE on the shelves today. I am so happy and grateful with our new home!!! LOVE MY LIFE….

So far, during the month of July alone, we’ve welcomed almost 50 NEW readers to Walking My Way Back To Me, joining the several hundreds of folks already with my life in their hands. Reviews are MINT and requests for Motivational Speaking readings are at fever pitch. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. I am so happy and grateful.

My Book, “WALKING MY WAY BACK TO ME” is now available!!!

I would be very honoured for you to have my life in your hands.  I have released my autobiography of my weight loss transformation.  It is NOW available through my website at:

and ALSO available on AMAZON at

For anyone local to Brantford Ontario Canada, my book retails for $20/Canadian.  If you are ordering from my website, there is postal delivery charge through Canada Post.

I am overwhelmed with the response to my very real, raw and relatable true life journey.BookPromoNEW

We Are ON TOUR…Taking Our Book On The Road…Join US!!

An INSPIRATIONAL Journey of TRANSFORMATION. How putting one foot in front of the other changed her life from the outside, in. Walking My Way Back To Me, backed by hundreds of rave reviews from rejuvenated readers, orders from all over Canada and the United States, and jammed packed with Motivational Appearances…the EPIC story of a woman’s quest to save the life of her son’s mom continues to proudly bellow “PUT DOWN THE FORK AND GET MOVING.”BookPromoNEW

My book is now available on Amazon

Drum roll…cue the Spotlights — Walking My Way Back To Me is now officially listed, published and available on AMAZON (American, Canadian, United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and more). Yeppers folks, my book is now available through world wide print on demand distribution. Here is the link: ie=UTF8&qid=1419908953&sr=8-3&keywords=minnery *Please note the paper back and e book prices are in U.S. funds and do not include shipping*. You can also order the book DIRECTLY from me at my website at

I Would Be Honoured For You To Read My Book…


LOCAL: There are several evening locations throughout the work week where I teach Zumba, Music or Dance. They will be available at all locations OR Delivery & Pick-Up can be arranged at a mutually agreeable location or at my home. Message me for details.

ONLINE: The paperback and the E-book Version are available through ordering directly from my website. Please follow the directions and click the link here:—book-info.html

What is your book about?  Is it just a how to book about weight loss? 

My answer:  Why do we give up on our dreams?  Why do we give up on ourselves?  This is what I DID know. I was unhappy — I was hurting. On the outside I was smiling, happy go lucky.  Yet reality was that I was unhealthy at every cellular level and I was on an incredibly successful path to destroying myself. I had lost myself and I had forgotten I could dare to dream and reach those same dreams. At rock bottom — I woke up…period! I opened my eyes and knew that if I didn’t get out of my own damn way I was going to kill myself and leave my Son without his Mother. I was my own worst enemy but finally knew that I was ALSO my own best ALLY, FRIEND, MENTOR and MOTIVATOR. The only way I was going to REALLY change ME was to redirect my own keel and keister on a new path and journey.

The person you see in front of you is the end result. :)

My book is about things that are REAL and HONEST– there is no sugar coating on any of my words and perhaps that is what makes my story somewhat unique and different than others. Living large and hurting has one keeping all reality and truth buried deep. My life today is the complete opposite and I WANT others to read about that truth.

Picture1I didn’t set out to redirect anyone other than myself those many months ago; but it became evident that my journey was one that so many others were on a path to as well. Stories from others not only inspired me but kept my fire going to take my own message out to the universe and share my struggles and my ultimate successes. I have always been alive, but now I can honestly say I am TRULY LIVING! THAT is one of the messages I hope comes through to the reader when they pick up my Book.

New book shares weight loss journey

New book shares weight loss journey.

My Book NOW Available In Canada & The United States!!!

I have been inundated with requests for my book and where and how to purchase. It’s actually Very easy. Please follow the links below…


ONLINE: The paperback and the E-book Version are available through ordering directly from my website. Please follow the directions and click the link here:—book…

LOCAL: There are several evening locations throughout the work week where I teach Zumba, Music or Dance. They will be available at all locations. OR Delivery & Pick-Up can be arranged at a mutually agreeable location or at my home. Message me for details.