July 6th, 2009

This Little Mommy Stayed Home


I’m so pleased to introduce to you Samantha Wilde, who is a mother, writer, minister and yoga teacher – and the author of This Little Mommy Stayed Home: A Novel. Not only does it have a great cover, it also comes with endorsements from two of my favorite people/writers: Karen Karbo and Elinor Lipman.

About the book
Joy McGuire who 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.

About the author
Sam says, “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.”

Samantha Wilde is the mother of two born in under two years. A graduate of Concord Academy, Smith College, Yale Divinity School and The New Seminary, she lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and children. She is the daughter of novelist Nancy Thayer. When she’s not mothering her toddler and baby, she writes, teaches yoga, and moonlights as a minister. Although she never sleeps, she’s never once been tempted to give her children away to the highest bidder (well, almost never). She’s currently using nap times to write her second novel for Bantam Dell. You can visit her at wildemama.blogspot.com

I asked, Samantha Answered
A. What's the scariest thing that's ever happened to you? Bonus question: have you used it, in any way, in a book?
S. Can I say childbirth? Because if I do, then I can say that I HAVE used it in THIS LITTLE MOMMY STAYED HOME. Truthfully, 32 hours of unmedicated labor was pretty scary especially when I started thinking everyone was crazy and no baby was going to come out.

A. Mystery writers often give their characters an unreasoning fear - and then make them face it. Do you have any phobias, like fear of spiders or enclosed spaces?
S. You don't have room for all my phobias! I'm like a phobia collector. I can't stand planes or small places and I don't much like boats and trains and other modes of transportation. The othey day I even got afraid of the car wash (what if the big cleaning flaps break the window and strangle me?). See, I could make a mystery writer! Maybe.

A. Do you have a favorite mystery book, author, or movie?
S. I used to read and watch many more mysteries but since my children have come into the world, I'm so tender-hearted and so post partumly anxious, I can barely read the newspaper.

A. At its heart, every story is a mystery. It asks why someone acts the way they did - or maybe what will happen next. What question does your book ask?
S. What becomes of the woman when she becomes a mom? Maybe, that's it. Or what becomes of a marriage when a baby comes in. Maybe? The mystery is the pull of maternal love, how strong it is despite how arduous caring for a small child can be. Transformation, big life changes, like having a baby, are filled with mystery, because they sweep us up, and we have no say. They happen to us to a certain extent. And then we become something else.

A. Is there a mystery in life that you are still trying to figure out?
S. I think all of life is a bit of a mystery. Love is certainly one of the biggest for me--why we love who we love, how it happens and doesn't, and how powerful it is. The natural world awes me with its own world of mysteries. I planted peas this year, and somehow, though I am a terrible gardener, they came up.



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Harlequin hits the teen market

When you think Harlequin, do you think science fiction, fantasy, and mystery?

Me neither.

But Harlequin Books is launching a new imprint this fall targeted at the young adult market. The imprint, called Harlequin Teen, will publish novels in several genres, including science fiction, fantasy, and mystery. Read more here.



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