Saturday, July 13, 2013

Mortified named finalist for ForeWord debut novel contest

The folks at ForeWord Reviews have selected Mortified: A Novel About Oversharing as a finalist in their ForeWord Firsts contest for debut novels.

"They say you never forget your first," the editors wrote in their July 12 email newsletter, ForeWord This Week. "The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain. Carrie by Stephen King. Not bad first efforts by then-unknown authors. Well, here are a few new debut titles, and names, to remember -- all finalists in our quarterly competition we call ForeWord Firsts."

Mortified was the second novel on their list which also included, Courage: A Story of Love and Friendship by Disko Praphanchith, Zinsky the Obscure by Ilan Mochari, Baxter's Friends by Ned Randle and Sparrow Migrations by Cari Noga.

"The winner will be named in a future edition of ForeWord This Week," the editors continued. "They all sound like wonderful debuts."

Tatnuck Bookseller book signing event

Oversharing, embarrassing one's children and the explosion in social media took center stage when I had a book talk at Tatnuck Bookseller in Westborough, MA recently.

After answering questions -- ranging from those about the process of writing and publishing a book, to the days when I used to write about my kids -- I read aloud from sections of Mortified: A Novel About Oversharing.

The next day, I was invited to attend a local book club where I fielded questions about Mortified and character motivations. Some people seem to absolutely despise Mortified's main character, Maggie Kelly, while others have sympathy for her.

Love talkin' books.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Book event at Tatnuck Bookseller, Westborough, Mass. June 23, 1-3

I'm pleased to announce my first book event for Mortified: A Novel About Oversharing.

Where: Tatnuck Bookseller
Route 9 & Lyman Street
Westborough, MA

When: Sunday, June 23, 1-3 p.m.

What: I'll be talking about the novel, what inspired me to write it, some of the stories behind the story, etc. Plus I'll sign stuff!

Here's the flier:

Talkin' about oversharing online on BlogHer

How big is the topic of online oversharing?

So big that lawyers are reportedly seeing mentions to Facebook postings cropping up in a rising number of divorce filings.

So big that the Wall Street Journal ran a large feature story on oversharing earlier this month.

So big that the New York Times recently ran several pieces on whether oversharing on Twitter should cost someone his or her job.

So big that I wrote a post for BlogHer entitled, "5 Ways to Tell If You're Oversharing Online" that the site has highlighted.

FYI: Maggie Kelly -- the main character of Mortified: A Novel About Oversharing -- would be a poster child for what NOT to do online ... in case any of you had any lingering questions about that.

Monday, May 20, 2013

New York blogger says Mortified will 'have you laughing out loud'

Many thanks to New York blogger Lainie Gutterman, who runs the blog Me, Myself & Baby I, for her review of Mortified: A Novel About Oversharing.

In the blog entry, "Has Oversharing & TMI Got You MORTIFIED?", Gutterman wrote of the novel's main character, Maggie Kelly: "Maggie is extremely relatable and [the book is] a fun, quick ... read which will have you laughing out loud and shaking your head in agreement because you know all too well about life as a mommy."

Gutterman added, "If there's one message that Meredith O'Brien hopes readers get from this book, it's that the internet is not a private place."

"As a wife and mother," she continued, "I've learned the value of privacy and how much of life is meant to be cherished and enjoyed just amongst us. Mortified: A Novel About Oversharing reaffirms this sentiment."

You can read the whole review here.

Image credit: Lainie Gutterman.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Blasting your partner online may make you temporarily feel better, but in the long run, not so much

Yahoo's Shine page has published a post I wrote about the hazards of sharing intimate details online, particularly if they're unflattering to your partner.

Here's the intro:

"Suppose that your partner hasn't been, shall we say, all that steamy between the sheets lately. No matter how much effort you put into improving the situation -- primping everything that can be primped, dropping a small fortune on uncomfortable lingerie, putting together the perfect slow-jam playlist, decanting a bottle of robust pinot noir at bedside -- you're unable to create enough of a spark to light a match, never mind a roaring, passionate fire.

And, understandably, you're quite irritated about the whole thing. You want to vent, desperately, lest your head explode with frustration. Do you phone a friend? Do you contact a lot of friends by sharing wry comments on Facebook, Twitter and other social media? Or do you unleash your angst on your own anonymous blog, sparing no detail, leaving no gripe behind? Blasting your partner online may temporarily make you feel better. It's cheaper than therapy. However, should your beloved stumble upon your online comments, the scarcity of lusty nights will be the least of your concerns."

Read the rest of the post here.

Image credit: Corbis/Yahoo.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Springfield (Mass.) newspaper, The Republican, features Mortified

The Republican -- the Springfield (Mass.)-based newspaper for which I used to be a reporter when it went by the name of The Union-News -- ran a feature story about oversharing online and my new book, Mortified: A Novel About Oversharing.

An excerpt from the story by Kathryn Roy who described the main character, Maggie Kelly, as suffering "the consequences of sharing too much:"

"The book focuses ... on the relationship between a husband and wife. The relationship becomes strained because the husband doesn't like what his wife is posting online.
It's not just a story. There are more and more relationship problems being reported because of disagreement over online postings. Some couples have been known to argue in public, online, for all to see, and others have cited online revelations as a reason they are seeking a divorce. Still others have been fired from their jobs for their online posts."

Read the whole article here.

Image credit: The Republican/