Welcome Guest Author Sam Wilde
The Girlfriends’ Cyber Circuit is up and running again after what seemed to be a bit of a lag and I’ve got back-to-back guest authors stopping by for a visit. Today please welcome Samantha Wilde, whose debut, THIS LITTLE MOMMY STAYED HOME (Bantam Trade/available now) is a fresh and funny novel about a new mother who discovers the wonders and terrors of motherhood—one hilarious crisis at a time.
The novel introduces 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. 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.
With THIS LITTLE MOMMY STAYED HOME, Samantha Wilde brings a candid and hilarious light to the universal story of new motherhood.
JG: Tell me a little about your book.
SW: Joy McGuire, a seemingly normal person with a seemingly normal marriage, has a baby, after which point, nothing is normal again. Not her breasts or her belly or her heart or her marriage. It’s a hilarious, rueful, laugh-out-loud post partum tale about the grueling work of the first nine months of the first baby when change is an urgent necessity that you wish you could run away from.
JG: What got you writing in the genre in which you write.
SW: Being who I am, I suppose. I think my genre is chick lit, yummy mummy lit. It just came out of me that way, actually. And then it landed in a genre. Sassy, funny stuff about motherhood really only has one genre, in fiction, for the most part.
JG: Favorite thing about being a writer?
SW: The actual writing, the living inside the worlds of my characters, and some sense that some time, somewhere, my words may make someone laugh, may make a difference, for an instant.
JG: Least favorite thing about being a writer?
SW: Being alone. I’m a people person. I don’t love sitting in front of my computer.
JG: What is the most interesting thing that’s happened to you since becoming a published author?
SW: I started blogging. I am afraid of blogs, so this still surprises me. It’s been alright. I’m a ludite. I’m into in-person community, but I’ve learned a lot and made some connections.
JG: What’s your favorite type of pie?
SW: Oh, no pie for me thanks. Give me cake. Chocolate cake. I’d never waste my dessert on something with fruit in it. That’s too healthy!