2017 has only just begun but for those whose well-intended New Year resolutions are starting to wane already, Willpower: Discover It, Use It and Get What You Want is the handbook they need to get motivation for success in all areas of life. But first- here's a little bit about the author behind it. 

Ros Taylor

Ros Taylor

I have loved and still love psychology. Since my first lecture at University, psychology has been a compelling influence in my life in terms of understanding myself as well as others. I of course use psychology to help people and so you have my mission in life. I can’t think of a better or more fulfilling job.

Black and white are compelling décor colours for me which is strange as I’m really a ‘shades of grey kind of person’ in personal life. I love the contrast and when I see a black and white anything I’m compelled to buy it. It takes all my willpower to resist.

Tennis is my favourite sport playing it and watching it. A highlight of my Willpower research was to interview Judy Murray about her boys. She is so focussed and persistent and said that both her sons come from a background of challenge where money was in short supply, so nothing was taken for granted and everything came with effort.

Cars interest me, not your everyday ones but sleek sporty looking ones. I once made my taxi driver follow a car that I loved so that I could write down the make. And yes I bought it.

I love travel and if it is a to warm place that is a bonus. I travel for work and that is a joy. China, Japan, the US and Asia. All are wonderful and allow me a greater understanding of the endless flexibility of human existence.

Reading is a necessity for my existence. I am never without a book and I read every day. Cleverly written crime novels are my favourite light reading. When I am writing a book it is such a great excuse to bury myself in the latest research.

I used to sing so going to the opera and listening to music transports me. Occasionally I wish that I had continued to sing professionally but then I remember that I was OK but not wonderful. Sometimes you need to be reality based about your skills.

Modern art interests me. I’m more Tate Modern than Tate Britain. I particularly love Scottish artists and have many splashy paintings on my walls much to the consternation of my husband.  I often catch him with his head to one side trying work out what he is looking at.

Champagne is my favourite drink so perhaps just as well that I can’t afford to drink it as much as I would like as my liver would suffer.

Charity work. I enjoy fundraising for my favourite charities. Parties in the garden in summer with tombola prizes. Great fun and all for good causes.

Ros Taylor is the author of Willpower: Discover It, Use It and Get What You Want