Thursday, July 16, 2009

GCC Presents: Samantha Wilde

Today on the Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit I'm pleased to present author Samantha Wilde, currently touring to promote her debut novel THIS LITTLE MOMMY STAYED HOME.

About the Book: Joy McGuire has gone from being skinny and able to speak in complete sentences to someone who hasn’t changed her sweatpants in weeks. But now with a new baby to care for, she feels like a woman on the brink and as she scrambles to recapture the person she used to be she takes another look at the woman she is: a stay-at-home mom in love with her son, if a bit addled about everything else. As a new mom herself, Wilde, a graduate of Yale Divinity School, wrote THIS LITTLE MOMMY STAYED HOME after the birth of her son when she was experiencing the ups and downs of new motherhood.
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According to Wilde, “I wrote the book because I couldn’t not write it. I took my lap top to my bed during my son’s naps and wrote and wrote. I wrote the book I wanted to read. The book takes a hard look at the effects of new motherhood on a woman and on a marriage through the eyes of one stressed but insightful woman. It’s a story that will keep mothers going when they think they can’t go any further.”
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Sounds like a book I'll be buying for a certain preggo friend of mine in a month or two! Samantha provided the following answers to my interview questions (which, don't you think I should mix them up soon? I do.).

1) Now that you are published, what (if anything) have you changed about your writing routine? Now I have to do it. So instead of lying in bed on a laptop, I sit on a big blue ball in an office/guest room. And I get to worry more. I could do without that part.

2) Do you listen to music while you write? No. I can’t imagine doing that. I’ve got so sieve-brained having young children it’s all I can do to think a single thought without a distraction.

3) Have you found that as you've developed your writing and story telling skills, you watch movies or read books 'differently?' I hope that never happens. I read for pleasure and reading gives me so much pleasure. Maybe the only thing I do differently is really appreciate authors more, even if I don’t love the book, I think of all the effort that went into it and feel a lot of compassion, sort of like, “wow, this sucked but I’m still impressed.”

4) What vacation would be most inspiring to you as a writer? You know, I love where I am, and I love where we vacation. Perhaps most inspiring would be having some alone time. Either that or spending more time with my family….

5) What is one of your strangest / most quirky author experiences? Telling people I’ve just published a book. It’s amazing to me how they respond. I feel like I’ve just announced that I floss. I’m surprised by how “not-a-big-deal” it is to most people, when it’s such a hard world to get in to.
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Thanks Sam, and best of luck with your literary debut!
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I'll be back Monday with some thoughts on my latest haircut (Are you supposed to leave the salon wondering, "Am I usually this ugly, but my split ends kind of hide it?"). Unless I discover another tiny hand in my garden. That would deserve immediate attention.

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