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Ted Nugent's wife finds here "Happy" in new book

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

Posted: Tuesday, November 10, 2015

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Shemane Nugent learned to rock 'n' roll her way to happiness by going through a decidedly unhappy -- and potentially fatal -- time.

Just over a dozen years ago, black mold was detected at the home she, her husband -- rocker Ted Nugent -- and their family shared near Jackson. She spent a month in the hospital with four types of mold in her bloodstream and pre-emphysema. Son Rocco contracted severe asthma. And the protracted healing process, including a relocation to Crawford, Texas, inspired Nugent's new book, "4 Minutes a Day: Rock 'n' Roll Your Way To Happy," which publishes Tuesday, Nov. 10 on her own Balboa Press imprint.

"I wanted to write about what happened to us, and how I healed myself," says the Mount Clemens-raised Nugent, 52, who mixed both conventional and alternative medical treatments and other therapies to restore her health. A professional fitness instructor, she took a year off "and just focused on healing myself and my family. So I wanted to write about that and how we can all do that."

The title of Nugent's book says it all; "It's about little things that everybody could do that could change their life in just four minutes a day," she explains. And there's great variety in what those can be, she adds.

"Well, there's a chapter in there about sex," Nugent -- who met her husband when he guest-hosted at the old WLLZ-FM while she was doing traffic reports -- says with a laugh. "But I touch on everything. We talk about not just the external; you could have the greatest body and look wonderful in a bikini or a Speedo, but if you're not happy inside you, you're not truly healthy.

"So we talk about the mid-body connection, using your intuition, meditating and things like that as well -- just little things you can do to change you life."

Nugent is no stranger to the book world, of course. She published the memoir "Married To a Rock Star" in 2003 and two years later teamed with Ted Nugent for "Kill It & Grill It: A Guide to Preparing and Cooking Wild Game and Fish." She planned to write the book for several years but found herself delaying. It was divine intervention during the spring of 2014 shifted her into gear.

"I got a message from God that I should write the book in three day," she recalls. "Then I was arguing with God; 'Who can do anything in three day?' Then I realized that day was Good Friday, when something spectacular happened in three days.

"So I told my husband, 'Don't ask me what's for dinner' and locked myself in my office and wrote the book in three days. The words just flew out of me."

The Nugents still spend most of their time in Texas but also try to be back in Michigan for a few months each year; they demolished the home near Jackson, replacing it with a more modest 1,750-square-foot log cabin. Meanwhile, Shemane has returned to fitness instruction and is now an international Zumba presenter. She's also working on a screenplay inspired by son Rocco's experiences attending and playing basketball for an inner-city school in Waco, Texas.

"I love to write and be creative, and I love all the opportunities. Hopefully I'll write more books," she says. And she's been coping with having Ted around the house more while taking a break from touring this year.

"He's been really good, actually," she says with a laugh. "But I can tell he can't wait to get back on the road and get back in the studio and start recording. There's never a dull moment when he's around, but it's hunting season, so I'm happy for that."

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