Hello, everyone! Thanks for following the 2016 2K Indie Book Tour so far. For the second half, I’ll be your host. If you missed the first set of interviews, make sure to check them out on Kate Evans’s website, www.writingourselveswell.co.uk.
First up on my half of the blog tour is Samantha Bryant. Samantha is a middle school Spanish teacher by day and a mom and novelist by night. That makes her a superhero all the time. Her secret superpower is finding the things her family members have misplaced—and the ability to operate on very little sleep. When she’s not writing or working, Samantha watches old movies, reads, listens to audiobooks, bakes, walks in the woods, and wishes she was writing.
Here, she introduces her superhero/women’s fiction novel Going Through the Change: A Menopausal Superhero Novel:
In this lighthearted, nontraditional superhero novel, four menopausal women in the same town start to exhibit strange abilities: incredible strength, the ability to wield fire, to fly (sort of), and armor-plated skin. Each woman struggles to deal with her changes in her own way, until life throws them together. When the women start to talk, they find out that they have more in common than they knew–one person has touched all their lives. The hunt for answers is on.
Sequels: Book 2: Change of Life will be released April 20, 2016; a novella bridging between Book 1 and Book 2 will be included in The Indomitable Ten anthology, which will be released on March 5, 2016.
Now, here’s our interview with Samantha:
What was the inspiration behind your book?
The origin story behind Going Through the Change is a conversation with my husband. One evening, we were out walking the dog, one of the few ways folks like us (with two kids) can get to finish some sentences. We were talking about a recent superhero movie we had seen together and lamenting how all the heroes seem to be angst-ridden teenagers these days (even the adult ones). My husband said something like, “It’s like puberty causes superpowers.” I laughed and said, “With great hormones, come great power. Wait! If that’s true, menopausal women should have the corner on that market!” He laughed and told me to write it down. I did, and a series of novels was born.
Who is your favorite character?
I love them all, but Patricia is my favorite one to write. She’s all hard edges protecting her secret marshmallow insides. She’s driven and a force to be reckoned with. Since I’m a marshmallow inside and out, I enjoy writing a woman so different from myself.
What is one thing you want readers to know or “get” about your book?
That women heroes come in many shapes. As I sign my books: we are, all of us, heroes.
Who is your ideal reader? Or, who will enjoy your book?
Toni Morrison said, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” That’s what I did. I imagined my readers being other women like me. Geeky grown-ups, with lives (children, careers, partners, responsibilities), who still enjoy a bit of “what if?” imagining. I’ve found that younger readers and male readers have also enjoyed the book, too.
What three writing tips do you have for aspiring authors?
1. Finish things. The worst book you ever finished writing is better than the best one that only exists in your imagination. The revision process is where you’ll smooth out the rough places.
2. Don’t worry about selling it while you’re writing it. There’s plenty of time to figure that out once you have something to sell.
3. Writing is a very individual process. You have to learn what works for you. For me, that’s a daily writing habit and tracking word count on spreadsheets, and keeping myself accountable through writing groups. What’s important is respecting your own process. Don’t worry about how anyone else does it. They’re not you.
Where can readers learn more about you?
Amazon author: http://amazon.com/author/samanthabryant
Publisher page: https://curiosityquills.com/authors/samantha-bryant
Facebook Author: https://www.facebook.com/samanthadunawaybryant