Roz Weston, a successful writer and television personality, embodies this spirit of hope and determination. With his contagious smile and quick wit, Roz has captured the hearts of audiences everywhere, but it’s his captivating story that has truly captured their imagination. Born with Tourette’s syndrome, Roz has had to navigate the ups and downs of life with a chronic condition, but he’s done so with grace, humor, and a fierce determination to live his best life. In his bestselling book, Roz opens up about his struggles, triumphs, and everything in between, and the response has been overwhelming. From Toronto to Los Angeles and Iran to Australia, Roz has heard from people all over the world who have been touched by his story. Today, he’s here to share some of the highlights from his journey and to share a glimpse into the heart of this incredible individual. So sit back, relax, and let’s learn more about Roz Weston and the story behind his rise to fame.
Q) You’ve hidden Tourette’s for quite some time. In fact, there’s been quite a few things you’ve been hiding like the broken bones and broken hearts. Has there been any “fallout” since the book came out?
A) No, there’s been no ‘fallout’ but this entire book was a secret. My mom and brother didn’t know I was writing a book until way after I had finished. I told my mother, for the first time, the day before it went to the printer. She listened to the audio book in one sitting. There were tears, laughs and some really wonderful conversations after. She worried and second guessed a ton of decisions she had made, but we talked through most of it. But there’s still two or three parts that we didn’t discuss, and probably never will, either. And I feel like that’s okay.
Q) The book has become a best seller in Canada but it seems that it’s also gotten a rather international audience. How far has this story gone?
A) From Toronto to Los Angeles and Iran to Australia. I’ve heard from people all over the world. My goal with the book was to connect with one person. If one reader saw a little bit of themselves in my story I would have been good. What I’ve received was messages from thousand s of people that all start the same way “I’ve never said this to anyone before…” – Everything from dealing with grief and loss, to trauma, body image and addiction. It’s been really beautiful. People are wonderful, and if you let them, they’ll surprise you in the best way possible.
Q) Did your girlfriend (now fiancee) almost find out about the secret proposal? Was there a moment that she came close?
A) This was the hardest secret I’ve ever had to keep. Katherine had read the entire book, several times, before it was done but never the last chapter. She never saw the proposal. When the book was finished and we sent copies out for review we didn’t include that chapter. I couldn’t risk it getting out. Nobody got the full book until Katherine read it that day when I proposed, but there was one moment when a package arrived at the house. It was from the publisher, nothing much, just examples of fonts and page sizes Nothing big. But the pages they sent over, by complete fluke, were the last three pages of the book. The proposal. Katherine took a picture of the pages and sent them to me while I was out. She said they looked great. She flipped through them for me, but never read a word.
Q) Are you considering another book and can you even have a secret ending?
A) Would I do another? Maybe. But certainly not one like this. I cried for two years writing this thing. Maybe I’ll do a cookbook next. But whatever
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