Sunday, April 30, 2017

Alyson Gerber’s "Braced"

One of the reasons I started writing orthodontic fiction is because there is so little about what it's like to have braces. There are really few books which are about having braces — so I was excited to hear about Alyson Gerber’s Braced. It's NOT about orthodontic braces but it's about a girl who has to wear a back brace because she has scoliosis (her back is getting more and more curved, and the brace prevents it from getting more deformed), and it turns out the experience, and the feelings about the experience, are a lot the same.

Gerber does a really good job of describing the difficulties of being braced, from the discomfort and pain, to the embarrassment and humiliation, and trying to react normally to how people react to it. And all of it is exactly like having orthodontic braces is like!

She really gets and explains it, summing it up in an author's note, where she admits:
Over time my brace became easier to manage physically, but emotionally I never adjusted. During the two years and four months I spent in a brace, I didn’t open up to anyone about how alone and insecure I felt. I held my pain inside. It took all of my strength to go to school acting like nothing had changed, while at the same time feeling uncomfortable and exposed. I used my brace as a shield, because I didn’t want anyone to see me the way I saw myself—as different. As an adult, I can see that was a mistake. I never stopped hating my brace, and it was such a big part of who I was every day that it had a negative effect on my self-image.
That is so exactly how I feel about braces — and I think a lot of other kids and adults who have been through it do too. And of course that's also what I try to do in a lot of my books. To work through that, and try to help others work through that.

So the one thing that was really disappointing about this book — in which Rachel, the girl with the braces, is in seventh grade! — was that NO ONE has braces. None of her friends or classmates. Maybe Gerber thinks braces are like so widespread and 'normal' that it isn't even noticeable or worth mentioning. But I think the kids with braces on their teeth are feeling a lot like Rachel is, and it would have been neat to see some of them, and their pain, acknowledged here too.

I posted my review of the book at Goodreads. And despite there not being any orthodontically braced characters, I can still recommend it a lot.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Progress report

I can report progress! Easter week was good, and the holiday on Monday too, and I continue to manage to find time to write. Yes this was a good weekend too.

At least I am focusing on just one project now. It's going really well, but it's also really big.... At least you have a lot to look forward to! Lots of pages anyway! (And I hope a good story too)

Image result for emoji face with braces 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Still hard at work...

So I am still hard at work on the next book...Only now I find that I am hard at work on the next books! Because of course I got sidetracked and decided I had to try something else too and I thought it would be a short one to tide you over but instead it really exploded on me and has become this whole big thing...

So eventually there's going to be lots for you to read — just not as soon as I would like.

I won't even try to tell you what they're all about! It turns out they take on a life of their own while I'm writing them, pulling me to places I hadn't imagined going. So I don't even know where they'll wind up yet! Which is cool and scary and fun. And I hope when they're finished you'll like them too.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Happy New Year!

I'm sorry I haven't posted or published anything so long! I thought I would have more time over the holidays, but of course I just had even less time.

There is a big new book in the works, and I have a lot of it finished, but it's still going to be a while before I can publish it.

I hope all of you have a great 2017, and that you're not too impatient for the next book!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Paperback discount

I've been meaning to post that now, with summer almost over, and with school starting again a lot of kids are also taking that big step of getting braces, and that it's the perfect time to get them a copy of Brooke in Braces. And that this is one of the titles readers might prefer in paperback (while most of the Dr.Wrighting books are more popular as ebooks).

Now is the perfect opportunity to get the paperback of Brooke in Braces, or any of the other Intraoral Press books in paperback, because if you buy them directly from Lulu before midnight on August 24th you get 25% off, if you use the code "AUG2016". That's a great deal! 25% off!

It only applies to paperbacks, not ebooks, but if you've been wanting to complete your collection of Intraoral Press titles in paperback, or if there's a girl you know who is facing getting braces, or who has them, and who could really use a copy of Brooke in Braces, now is the time to get them!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Brooke in Braces as iBook!

Like I just told you in my last post, I really think Brooke in Braces is worth getting as a print book — like you now can (at Amazon and so on). But I know a lot of you do prefer to read ebooks....

So great news: not only is Brooke in Braces available on Kindle, but now it's also available as an iBook/on iTunes, which I know some of you prefer!

Whichever way you read it, I hope you enjoy it!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Brooke in Braces in paperback!

I finally got to see the paperback edition of Brooke in Braces and I really love the way it looks! I know most Intraoral Press readers like the ebook versions, but I think this is one that is really worth having in print. Especially for its intended audience of tweens and teens getting or dealing with braces!

Brooke in Braces was already available in paperback from Lulu, but now it is also available through regular outlets. You can probably even already get your local bookstore to order it but Amazon has got you covered too, in the US, the UK, and Germany and everywhere else!

I hope you'll consider getting it for that special girl who is dealing with getting or having braces! (I hope boys like it too, but I have to admit that, beginning with the cover, it really is a girly book....)

Sunday, June 12, 2016

What characters from the Dr.Samantha Wrighting novels have to say about "Brooke in Braces"

What characters from the Dr.Samantha Wrighting novels have to say about Brooke in Braces:

“Brooke bares her braces and her soul in this book, and it is this forthrightness as she faces up to her fears, concerns and simple day to day life in braces that makes this such a great story for anyone who has or is getting braces. I will certainly recommend this wonderful book to my patients to help them on their own braced journeys.”

– Dr.Allegretta , braces counselor and therapist

“I love this book! Even though I see kids getting braces every day in my mother’s practice, and even though I have lots of friends who have them, it often feels like such a solitary experience, even to me. Brooke really shares her experiences, and I love reading about them and comparing them to my own.”

– Natalie Wrighting, Dr.Wrighting’s braced daughter

“Where was Brooke in Braces when I had braces? This is exactly the book I wanted and needed to get me through my own braced years.”

– Lauren, from Retainer Girl

“Among my favorite mother-daughter memories is the one of reading Brooke in Braces with Emma as she was undergoing her own orthodontic treatment. It made it so much easier to talk about what she was going through, and we both learnt a lot about ourselves and each other in the process. Brooke’s experiences weren’t as adventurous or dramatic as those of some of the heroines in other books we read, but we could really relate to her. Even now, she is one of the characters who is dearest to our hearts, and the book one that we continue to cherish.”

– Pamela, from Bracing Daydreams

“A teenage girl going on for 300 pages about having braces? But I couldn’t get enough. Finally, a book that tells it like it is!”

– Cecilia St.Winthropson,
from Bracing Times with Cecilia

Sunday, June 05, 2016

New book: Brooke in Braces

Yes, it's here! My new book, Brooke in Braces.

This is a bit different than the usual Dr.Samantha Wrighting novels. It's aimed at a younger audience, of kids who are getting braces or who have them. It tells their story, of what they can expect and what they go through — by having Brooke Dilston tell her story. It is: A very personal history of one girl's life & times & experiences with braces. And I hope it helps other kids with their experiences in braces..

This is a YA title. It even features a different orthodontist, since let's face it, Dr.Wrighting and the Dr.Wrighting experience are a bit intense....

It's already available in print from Lulu and should be available on Amazon and at other retailers in a few weeks. I'll let you know when.

It is also already available on Kindle, and as an e-book from Lulu, with the iBook and Nook and all the other platforms also hopefully available soon.

I know most readers prefer the Intraoral Press books as e-books, but I think this is one that parents and kids might really like to have as a printed book, to read again and again as they go through this journey of their own.

Monday, May 30, 2016

10 Year Anniversary!

Ten years ago I published Retainer Girl and I started this blog too! Time really flies when you're writing about braces.

Retainer Girl was the first Intraoral Press book and I've published an average of more than one a year ever since. It's great to see that the books are popular and I hope that they continue to get lots of new readers.

There's a new book coming, too. Something a bit different but not too different. It should be ready soon, so stay tuned. And meanwhile you can always go back and read the early classics, right?