Author Interview With Award-Winning Writer of Health, Wellness, and Fitness Books. Meet Author Doug Setter. He’ll Get You Healthy For Summer!

Health, Fitness, and Wellness Books

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.

I was born and grew up in Surrey, B.C. Canada served in the military as a Morse code operator, paratrooper, and UN peacekeeper (former Yugoslavia 1993). I hold a Bachelor of Human Ecology (Nutrition) and competed in kickboxing in Canada and Hong Kong, and at the age of 40, I won a welterweight championship.

I have worked as a crime reporter and have written over 100 articles and six books, including Reduce Your Alcohol Craving, One Less Victim: a crime prevention manual, Train Her Confident: Women’s Kickboxing, Stomach Flattening, and Selo (award winning fiction novel).

What is the name of your best book, and what inspired it?

Simple Secrets to Handle Your Alcohol Better: Student’s Edition. I was inspired to publish my research about drinking in college so that people can enjoy their alcohol without addiction or the side effects. During the writing of my next book, “Reduce Your Alcohol Craving,” my own sister died of alcohol poisoning. At this point, I pushed my doubt as a writer aside and just kept writing.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?

I set up a schedule to write at least a page at a time and then pay myself a dollar an hour or a dollar a page. On the weekends, I spend the money on something fun, like a movie, a trip up Grouse Mountain, or an exotic meal. I guess that may be unusual to other writers. Lol.

What authors or books have influenced you?

Authors who have influenced me have been Andrew H. Vachss, Louis L’Amour, David Liss, and Stephen King. The most influential books: are Strega by Andrew Vachss, Breaking Writer’s Block Now! by Jerry Mundis, On Writing by Stephen King, and Will by G. Gordon Liddy.

What are you working on now?

Fitness/Body Shaping book for women based on the 1920s to 1970s actresses and models. It seems to be the return of the hourglass shape/figures which were so popular in the Miss America and Playboy models in the early 20th century. Many body shapes, sizes, and types have become more accepted in our society for women, which is a good thing. A person’s weight or pounds shouldn’t matter if men and women look and feel good and are in good health.

Health & Wellness Books ~ Doug Setter

What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?

Public speaking and word of mouth have been successful methods. Otherwise, articles linking to my website are also effective, and I have the current help of a great marketing woman, Catherine Lyon of ‘Lyon Literary Services’ who has been a success with increasing sales, reviews, and book exposure.

Do you have any advice for new authors?
1. Write what people are interested in and do your research.
2. Write like you are working, exercising, or studying. Put aside the time, but do not overdo it.

What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Keep training and working towards something. You are going to get old anyway. LOL!

What are you reading now?
No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hell’s Angels by Jay Dobyns

What’s next for you as a writer?
How-to videos I’m now looking into making for the fitness/wellness side and working on that new book I mentioned above.

If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
The Lives of Great Men by Plutarch
The Bible
The Koran

Author Websites and Social Media Profiles
Doug Setter Website
Doug Setter Amazon Profile & Purchase Books
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I’m Happy And Pleased To Welcome Wellness & Recovery Coach, “Lesa Densmore” As My Recovery Guest…

Hello And Welcome Friends, Recovery Supporters, And New Visitors,

Today I’m very excited to introduce a wonderful recovery coach and speaker of Problem Gambling. And those of you who are in recovery from addicted compulsive gambling, this is an awesome treat for all us!

Please meet my guest ‘Lesa Densmore’, Recovery Wellness Coach, Speaker, and Advocate. Lesa and I met through LinkedIn’s professional media site. We had so much in common that I thought, “this girl needs to be shared and spotlighted on my recovery blog! Lets learn more about who Lesa is, and all she does to help others recover from compulsive addicted gambling

My story begins here,

Lesa Densmore
(Story Courtesy Of

I am Lesa, 38, Wellness Coach and recovering compulsive gambler.

My life has been full of successful athleticism. In all my years of competing, nothing compares to the 7-year battle I had for life from my gambling addiction and the sense of accomplishment I have today being in recovery. The flirting began in my teens with bingo and lottery tickets and spending hundreds of dollars a week. By my late twenties, I had a problem gambling with internet poker and spending hundreds of dollars a day at casinos. By age 31, I had a full-blown addiction spending thousands of dollars a week.

Explaining the seven years would take pages. Lying, manipulating, stealing, followed by pain, shame and guilt and I couldn’t stop. I was living in NY State.
My family was in Maine. There are strong stigmas, so I didn’t talk about my gambling problem. When I found that gambling was recognized as an addiction, a weight was lifted, but it also gave me an excuse. From the ages 32-35, I was out of control. Food, alcohol and relationship abuse complimented my gambling. I spent hours going to casinos. I had my belongings repossessed, had no home, was living in a tent, couldn’t pay my bills, was writing bad checks and lying my way through it all. The problem was known, but no one knew how bad. Financial, legal, personal issues were building. I disconnected and sunk deeper into the addiction.

In February 2006, I got professional help with counseling and outpatient services. It helped temporarily, but I fell back into full cycle. The fall was bad and no one knew. I spiraled out of control. In January 2009, I had a near suicide, but found strength to pull it together. I called my family and the N.Y. Council again. By this time, I was an expert on the illness and knew it would kill me. I had after all studied it for years while living each phase and progression. It was agreed that residential treatment was needed again. My family pulled together the funds and finally I was going to rehab.Today, after treating the illness causing the gambling, I am strong in recovery.

I can breathe, laugh, hope and help. After rehab, I was asked to go back to implement a Health Management Program and worked with the clinical/executive directors on intervention and business development. My focus now is here in New York state. I am trying to be a face behind the illness, to advocate for the best treatment and funding. I feel compelled to help those who are trying to help us, do the best job they can. I also want to help break down the stigmas. It’s not easy, but we are being heard and supported. Life after addiction can be good and it does improve. I am a compulsive gambler, and I am recovery!
My name Lesa, and this is my story.

What’s Your Story?



Now I know when I read her story here on, “I Am Recovery”,  I thought this girl has been through so much, just like I had with my own addiction. I feel when we share our personal testimonies of what we have been through with our gambling, we tend to find, even though our paths maybe different from one another’s, we all go through the same type of feelings and symptoms of this cunning disease.

As Lesa stated in her own story, we all feel the shame, guilt, the stealing and lying, and hiding what we were doing within our addiction. I myself had a recovery coach/addictions specialist help me for a year, and I have to tell you it made all the difference in my recovery! He would not release me until I could site to him every part of the “cycle” of my addiction to gambling. Here is a little more of how Lesa helps others in recovery from addicted gambling today! She has a new blog that is a wee bit under construction, but has really good information about how she helps others from gambling addiction, so keep her blog link handy here: and give her a visit.

Lesa Densmore

Lesa Densmore

Professional Recovery Coach / Speaker, Consultant and Resource on Problem Gambling, and all areas of Crisis or Addiction.
You Are Not Powerless…
My name is Lesa Densmore. I successfully help individuals and families recover from crisis and addiction. If you or someone you care about has problems associated with gambling activity, I can help. I have been there, I am now on the other side, and it is what I do.


Although I service all areas of crisis and addiction, I specialize in Problem Gambling and Gambling Addiction. I am a Professional Crisis and Recovery Coach, National Keynote Speaker, Educator, and Recovered Gambling Addict.


I have a history of success helping individuals and families get life back to manageable again after being in the throes of Problem Gambling or Gambling Addiction.

Recovery Coaching is cutting edge, unique, and person focused. It provides the one-on-one guidance and assistance needed to help individuals and families overcome the obstacles and barriers that stand in the way of life because of crisis, addiction, or problems associated with.

My Recovery Coaching Approach is un-biased, and straight forward. Realizing that there are multiple pathways to dealing with problem gambling, I assist an individual in a direction that supports their core values, goals, lifestyle, career, and family.



So now we know a little more about Lesa, and how she helps many with recovery. It’s what she loves to do, and is very passionate about her work. If you or someone you love has a gambling problem, here is how you can contact Lesa Densmore at:
LinkedIn at:
For more information about her ‘Wellness Recovery Coaching’, send her an Email at
I’m sure she’d be happy to aid you in your recovery. You can also Google Lesa and find some wonderful speaking engagements she has done for TV News, National Conferences, and YouTube. Here is a news link to see Lesa in action, speaking to others about problem and addicted gambling.  An Interview With A Local News Station.

As a Wellness Coach, National Speaker, and Educator about Problem Gambling, I want to Thank Lesa for giving me the pleasure of sharing all she does with all my recovery followers & my readers! Maybe together she and I can change lives together!
And just a little advice Lesa?…. Get A Book Written Please! Thanks everyone for visiting today.

Happiness & Blessings,
Catherine Townsend-Lyon
Author Of “Addicted To Dimes”