Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Five Questions!

There's a new blog called Braces Memories and they just posted an Interview with Intraoral Press' Catherine Aimes! That's me! I hope you find it interesting — and I reveal the title of the new book! (It is still very much in the works. And it is HUGE. I want to get it out in time that readers can have a great braces summer read, but it is a lot of work.)

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day

I wish I had my book finished because it would be a perfect Mother's Day book, but there's still too much to do with it! But I hope it's ready in time so you can have it as one of your big summer reads. It is definitely going to be big....

Even though I already got to celebrate Mother's Day — here in England they do it at the end of March (aka Mothering Day!) — my husband makes sure the girls remember how it's done in the US. Of course it's tougher now that they're not nearby, but at least they and he make a very nice effort.

Even though I haven't had a new book out in a while, I'm really pleased to see new readers continue to find the other ones. And it's neat that more people have been buying the paperbacks! The print versions seem more real to me too — even after I've "e-published" the book, it's never really real to me until I have the printed book in my hands.

But no matter how you read them, I hope you're enjoying them!

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)


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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!