In this blog I celebrate being 50+ To hell with hot flashes! I certainly didn't feel that way a few years ago when I was in the throes of it so now I'm searching for resources to share that shed some light on, or even make light of menopause. I will highlight books specifically focusing on that crazy time of life euphemistically referred to as 'the change'. I invite authors to email a synopsis of their books and readers to send me reviews. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, 18 April 2015
'Mental Author' Feature #1 - Samantha Bryant
So excited to welcome my first fellow 'mental' author, Samantha Bryant, as she prepares for the launch of her debut novel, Going Through the Change: A Menopausal Superhero Novel, where she turns those pesky symptoms into super powers! Can't wait to read this one. Here's Samantha to share her journey...
Turn and Face the
Change: Writing Menopausal Superheroes
Menopause and superheroes might not seem like a natural
progression at first blush. After all, most women in superhero stories are
barely dressed and eternally twenty-three. At mid-life, most of us have given
up spandex and clothing with peek-a-boo cut-outs. I know I have.
Author Samantha Bryant
But there's no denying that the feelings (physical and
emotional) that women experience during "the change" are powerful
indeed. Hormones are overwhelmingly strong at different times in our lives:
puberty, pregnancy, and menopause being the highlights in that particular movie
reel. (My personal hormone movie has been mostly a comedy, though it sometimes
feels like an overwrought drama when I'm living it).
Hitting 40 - Enter Night Sweats!
After I turned forty, I began to get my first direct hints
of what this journey was going to be like for me. I woke up hot and sweaty. My
skin did weird things. My moods shifted around me like sand on a beach. The
doctor says I am still premenopausal, but the writing is on the wall. The
process has begun.
Honestly, it scares me. I remember feeling at the mercy of
my hormones and the effects on my body when I was a teenager and again when I
was expecting and nursing my children. I'm not looking forward to going through
more of that. I don't like feeling out of control.
So, I wrote about it. That's what I do, as an author. I take
the things that scare the heck out of me and spin them into stories. Art is
cheaper than therapy.
Hot Flashes or Power Surges?
This book took a lighter turn. Sometimes we need to make
light of the things that get under our skin to take away their power. So, when
I woke up sweating, I wrote a woman who could project the heat from her hot
flashes out of her body, giving her the ability to wield fire.When my back itched all the time from the
dryness of my skin, I wrote a woman who was transforming into a lizard
creature. When I felt depressed, I wrote a woman who became so light she flew.
And when I bemoaned the strange growth of hair in new locations, I wrote a
woman who turned into a man!
Of course, there's more to my characters than just what
happened to them and what they decided to do about them.
We're all Superheros
I'm a long time reader of comics and fan of superhero movies
and television shows. As I developed the idea for what became Going Through theChange: A Menopausal Superhero Novel, I wanted to write a superhero story that
women like me could identify with. That meant developing characters who were
grown women with the problems and worries that grown women have: partners,
children, family, careers, feelings of self worth, ageism, weight gain, health,
and so on.
Each of my women is on a personal journey, one that just
became complicated by some more unusual symptoms of menopause. Writing this
series has been cathartic and, honestly, a great deal of fun. I hope my readers
will find it so, too!
Samantha Bryant is a middle school Spanish teacher by day and a mom and novelist by night. That makes her a superhero all the time. She believes in love, magic, and unexplainable
Samantha writes blogs, poems, essays, and novels. Mostly she
writes about things that scare or worry her. It’s cheaper than therapy! Someday, she hopes to make her living solely as a writer.