Guest, Cal Orey

Guest Name: 
Cal Orey
Cal Orey, Author, Writer and Journalist
Guest Occupation: 
Author, Writer, Journalist
Guest Biography: 

As the Rolling Stones' song lyrics go, "Let me please introduce myself . . ."  

After graduation from SFSU, I wrote natural-based articles for national publications. I wrote about dogs (my first published article “Mobile Mountain Vet,” ran in Dog World, 1986), cats, pet health, human health, and relationships. I also wrote dozens of mini mags (those little books you see at grocery store check out stands). The titles included, “The Healing Power of Love,” “The Healing Power of Cats, “The Magic of Oils, Scents & Candles,” and “Lose 12 lbs in a Week!”  I finally got a lead to write a “real” book--straight from a New York Publisher.

In 1999, I got my first trade cover book contract. Thus, I packed my bags and took a 200 mile move to Lake Tahoe (a place I used to visit in the summers), where I fine-tuned and finished writing The Healing Powers of Vinegar.  I knew nothing about the touted perks of apple cider vinegar but after extensive research, my pantry was full of a variety of vinegars.  And I had penned the bible on vinegar. It later became the most interationally popular books on vinegar--the bestselling health book (for a while) in South Korea.
 
Then, Doctors’ Orders followed. As I wrote in the preface, “One afternoon I lay in bed, cozy in my cabin in the California Sierra, suffering from writer’s block. Brain dead, I turned on a television news program. Suddenly, I was listening to an amazing story about a college student who had interviewed more than 80 cardiologists for his thesis. His ambitious feat inspired me.
 
"I thought, 'What if I interviewed doctors, all types, and wrote a book about their health habits? It would be fascinating to probe medical experts about what they do for their own health.'"
 
Later, I pitched my idea for a book about how doctors stay healthy to my book editor. Two years later, Doctors’ Orders continues to sell worldwide. And I personally follow the holistic docs’ timeless advice to keep a healthy body, mind, and spirit.
 
A few years later, as a single baby boomer living in the mountains, I continue to write about Mother Nature. Surrounded by towering pine trees, nearby the Lake, and amid wildlife I am constantly inspired to create books containing a nature-based element, from health, science, animals, and relationships.  And I use Lake Tahoe as my muse.
 
I am a freelance author-journalist who holds both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in English (Creative Writing) from San Francisco State University. Over the past 20 years, I have written more than 10 books and hundreds of articles for national and international magazines and websites.  I continue to reside in Northern California--a place that seems to have a hold on me.