Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Metro Boston area newspaper features Meredith O'Brien and Mortified

MetroWest Daily News (Framingham, Mass.) columnist Julia Spitz conducted an interview with me about oversharing, blogging and, of course, Mortified: A Novel About Oversharing.

A couple excerpts:

"No one knows what goes on behind closed doors. Unless Mom blogs about every painful and funny detail.

Still, no one knows whose doors they're looking behind if Mom is anonymous.

But what if Mom's loose-lipped and blogs about children 'Thing 1' and 'Thing 2,' husband 'Wanna-be King' who's not always super in the sack, and a mother-in-law nicknamed for Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, garner so much attention Mom ends up on a radio talk show?

You'd have the premise for Southborough author Meredith O'Brien's Mortified: A Novel About Oversharing."

About comparisons between main character Maggie Kelly and Meredith's blogging style, I said:

"I put conscious boundaries around what I write about [regarding my family] and what would be off-limits. However, there are bloggers and writers who seemingly hold very little to nothing back. While I marvel at their honesty and am riveted by their content, I often wonder about the reactions of their friends and family members to the online candidness. And as social media has grown exponentially ... the opportunities and temptations to overshare abound."

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