The book is exactly what the title says. It's me in conversation with Dr.Wrighting! I thought this was a really fun idea. Dr.Wrighting appears in all these other books, but this is a great way to learn more about her. It was also interesting for me as a writer to get to know one of my characters like this.
Maybe my readers who really like the stories which have descriptions of patients getting and having braces might be a little bit disappointed because this is just a conversation, but I think anyone who wants to know more about Dr.Wrighting and her methods and what she does in her practice will find this really interesting background material. And I think it's interesting for parents and patients too, because it gives a behind the scenes look at an orthodontic practice and there's a lot of discussion about all sorts of aspects of having braces and how to help patients through their treatment.
You can preview the book at the Lulu print page. Just click "preview" under the picture of the cover! And there are two short excerpts at the Intraoral Press site too.
The chapters and subjects I talked to Dr.Wrighting about are: Braced Beginnings - Embracing Orthodontics - Developing a Personal Style - The Psychology of Treatment - The Role of the Parents - A Patient Community - Across the Ages - Patient Selection - Bracing Decisions - Braces: Fixed Appliances - Braces: Removable Appliances - Braces: Headgear - After Braces - Braced Culture - Braces and Sex - The Braced Future.
And here's how I describe the book:
Orthodontist Dr.Samatha Wrighting has played an important role in ten of Catherine Aimes’s novels, shorts, and collections published by Intraoral Press. In A Bracing Life readers finally have a chance to get to know her better. Here readers learn about her unconventional practice, her orthodontic philosophy and her methods and what’s behind all of them as she talks to author Catherine Aimes about all things orthodontic.It costs $4.99 for the ebook versions and $14.95 in print.
Dr.Wrighting isn’t your usual orthodontist, but her fascination with orthodontics is contagious, and A Bracing Life is a book for everyone who has ever wanted to go behind the scenes in an orthodontic practice and learn what orthodontists are thinking. Chances are, the orthodontist you went to or the one who is treating your kids is very different from Dr.Wrighting, but having braces is a universal experience and the thought-provoking ideas and observations Dr.Wrighting shares in A Bracing Life should be of great interest to anyone who has them, had them or has kids with braces. By reminding us of so much that’s involved in getting, having and living with braces Dr.Wrighting, with all her compassion, tough love, and profound knowledge and skill, helps us navigate that sometimes difficult and awkward time like no one else can.
I hope you like it!