Mortified: A Novel About Oversharing is a novel for those who like to therapeutically vent in public -- on blogs, Facebook, Twitter and other social media -- as a form of digital Prozac, as well as for those who sometimes feel violated by online revelations made by friends and loved ones.
In Mortified, Maggie Kelly attempts to work through her resentment over feeling held captive by motherhood and matrimony by chronicling her exploits in an anonymous and oftentimes graphic personal blog. When her blogging identity is accidentally revealed, her marriage is pushed to the brink when her husband Michael isn't sure he can handle being virally humiliated online. Mortification via Google.
Mortified: A Novel About Oversharing is particularly relevant as parents are, by the millions, sharing all manner of detail about their children and spouses on social media. Many of the folks who are posting funny stories and intimate details of their lives don't necessarily think through the long-term impact of those reveals or recognize that embarrassing content can go viral. Meanwhile, a growing number of divorcing couples have been citing items their soon-to-be ex-spouses wrote on Facebook as a reason for their split.
Mortified is a cautionary tale which has real-world impact as people from congressmen and celebrities, to TV personalities and angry baristas are learning the hard way that there is such a thing as oversharing.
It will be published by Wyatt MacKenzie Publishing in May 2013. Here's the Amazon link.
This is the first novel written by former newspaper and investigative reporter Meredith O'Brien, who is currently an assistant professor of English at a Boston area university where she teaches writing and journalism, including a course on online and social media.
Meredith is the author of A Suburban Mom: Notes from the Asylum, a collection of humor/parenting essays and a co-author of The Buying of the President, an investigative portrait of the 1996 presidential candidates. She blogs about pop culture, media and politics at Notes from the Asylum.
You can find the link to the Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing press release announcing the publication of Mortified here.