Ginger Zee believes viewers should know morning-television personalities well ... and the public is about to get to know her better than ever.
ABC News' chief meteorologist and weekday “Good Morning America” regular tells virtually all in her autobiography being released today, “Natural Disaster: I Cover Them. I Am One.” To say the book's subjects span a wide range is an understatement, from career ups and downs to mental-health challenges – and relationships, with a chapter devoted to her husband, “Pickler & Ben” co-host Ben Aaron (with whom she's expecting their second child).
Just using the title “Natural Disaster” to describe herself indicates the friendly Zee's sense of humor about her life, but the book surely mines much serious territory. “I think that in general, anytime you open up, (the reaction) is usually pretty positive,” she says. “I'm hoping that's the case, because that's what I intended to write for, but you never know. You have to be ready for it all.
“For so long, all I cared about was my career, and I allowed my personal life to suffer, regularly. I didn't pay enough attention to it, and you need to attend to it and give love to it. Until I did that, and was honest with myself and with everybody else, that didn't allow me to peak in my career.”
Clearly, Zee has taken becoming an author to heart: April will bring “Chasing Helicty,” her first book in a trilogy about an adventurous young weather student that she says sprang from “my love of getting kids involved in science, just like I had the opportunity to do. ... I want other kids to say, 'Science is cool.' In a fictional world, you can make anything happen, and I'm way more excited and not terrified about that.”
Deeming “Natural Disaster's” release “the last part of healing” for herself, Zee wants a definite takeaway for its readers. “I was so fortunate to make these relationships, and find humanity and empathy and compassion at a much earlier age, and gain perspective. I wish I'd had (perspective) sooner.”