From Write Away, Mommy: Interview with a Mother
1. Please, tell us about your family.
I have three kiddos. My older son is eight and everyday I am blown away by his sweet little creative imagination. He builds amazing worlds of his own at his Lego table and constantly talks about all the movies and inventions he wishes to make someday. I can’t wait to see what he grows up to do.
My daughter is about turn seven but I can already see the amazing young woman she is growing up into. Already we sit together over coffee (for her hot cocoa) and talk about life. She’s just taken an interest in script writing and I couldn’t be more proud!
My youngest boy is five and a half. He’s a ham with a soft side for his mama. Even though he is in Kindergarten he still finds time to come snuggle up to me. They say your youngest will always be your baby and I’m finding how true this is. My husband is my greatest support, my biggest cheerleader, and (this might sound sappy) my best friend.2. You’ve written a book. We’d love to hear about it. Where did the idea come from? I did write a book! Which still feels so strange to say, especially since writing was never something I had on my radar. It wasn’t until I was in my mid twenties that my husband and I started writing some little screenplays together when the bug to write bit me. So my book is titled REMAINING AILEEN. In short, it’s about a mom who becomes a vampire. The long version is its about motherhood and all its messy, joyous, terrifying glory. Becoming a mom changed me, as I’m sure it’s changed many of us, and I think we often come to a point where we as moms realize we are no longer the same person we were before. Some moms take that in stride and wear it proud, others deeply struggle through those changes, and I’m sure some most of us have a little bit of both that we deal with. In my own life this struggle didn’t become apparent to me until my youngest turned 2. I suddenly felt lost and unsure where the person I was before ran off to… I wasn’t even sure when she ran off in the first place. This is where REMAINING AILEEN comes in. Here is my little book pitch:
Aileen knew motherhood would change her. She never expected those changes to come with a taste for blood, dangerous secrets, and a handsome yet unpredictable stranger.Aileen is a mom of two, who (like me) had her kids young and (also like me) had trouble ever letting go of the idea that she could still live a life outside of being just a mom. She is at this point of feeling lost, seeing the toll motherhood has taken on her physically and mentally, and she needs a break. Lucky for Aileen, her sweet mother-in-law gifts her a trip to Miami to visit her childhood friend for her 30th birthday. Unlucky for Aileen, her plan crashes soon after take off. She survives, but is the only one. As the story progresses and Aileen begins a decline in both physical and mental health after the crash, the truth of her survival is soon revealed: she didn’t ever survive the crash in the first place. Dun dun dunnnn…Here is my little book pitch:
Aileen knew motherhood would change her. She never expected those changes to come with a taste for blood, dangerous secrets, and a handsome yet unpredictable stranger.
3. What’s your favorite social media tool and why?
It’s a tie between Twitter and Facebook really. They both play sort of hand in hand with each other. I love the dynamic writing communities Twitter has to offer which often leads to more personal community groups on Facebook.
4. What does being a writer mom mean to you?To me, being a writer mom is pretty special. Not that any other type of writer isn’t, but as a writer mom I have the opportunity to not only share my passion of story with the world, but also with my children. I want them to know that any dream they have, is possible if they try and I want to teach them that by example. Maybe they won’t reach the outcome they originally thought, but I know they will learn something amazing about themselves in the process of trying.
To me, being a writer mom is pretty special. I have the opportunity to not only share my passion of story with the world, but also with my children.
5. Writers are readers. What’s your favorite genre and book that started your love of it?Oh wow, I’m not sure I have just one favorite genre, but I love anything that isn’t quite set in our reality. So maybe fantasy/speculative/science/paranormal fiction? Anything with magic, things unexplained, creatures with pretty faces and pointy teeth, *wink wink*. The books that really started me down this path of reading these genres as well as writing was The Twilight Saga. Why? I don’t know exactly, but there was something in the last book, when Bella becomes a mom AND a vampire that I started thinking, “wow, what an interesting concept.” I have trouble sitting still through true to life fiction no matter how great of a story it is, I can’t help but hope they turn into some magical creature at some point.
The best advice I can give you from the short six months I’ve been querying is be super prepared, be patient, and don’t do it alone.
7. What do you wish someone would ask but no one ever does?Hmm, I’ve never really thought about this actually! I do have this crazy idea for a show where a couple dog-naps rich peoples dogs and waits till they post a reward poster, in which their alter-ego as “so and so’s doggy detective service” goes and “finds their dogs” to collect the rewards with 100% success… anyways no one ever asks me about my odd TV series ideas, haha.
Thank you for letting me interview you, Autumn.