Thanks to Lara, a book blogger who provided me with my first review of The Unhappy Wife! Check it out!
#1 A Tyler Perry Movie Are you familiar with the Why Did I Get Married series? Well, no shade, but this book is not that. One reason is because Why Did I Get Married asks a question, but never really answers it. The Unhappy Wife does. A few stories show why some women enter marriages with glaring red flags in the first place. Others describe why some women stay in seemingly love-less relationships. And because these narratives are inspired by real women’s marriages, the endings vary. They are complicated, messy, sad, and happy, just like real life.
#2 Urban Fiction I’m a huge fan of urban fiction. I’ve devoured every Terry McMillan and Sista Souljah book. However, I’m also a fan of classic African-American literature. Zora Neale Hurston and Alice Walker inspire me. I wrote with the latter authors at the forefront of my mind. Therefore, each story is intended to be creative and literary. However, there is one woman I interviewed who took me off this path. Reflections of her marriage included salacious activities filled with slang and cuss words. In order to stay true to her character, I wrote her story from that space. Other than that example, I can assure you that The Unhappy Wife is not urban fiction.
#3 A Male-Bashing Book Many men who hear the title immediately grumble and say, “You need to write an unhappy husband book.” I used to laugh. But after a few months of these conversations, I understand. Men believe this is just another way to point out their flaws. Not true. Of course men are a part of this book, but it really has nothing to do with the men. This book is about women and the decisions we make before, during and after our relationships. This book is about what happens when women ignore their intuition and listen to society. This book is about pushing the fairy tale aside for a minute and looking at the realities of temptations and other serious situations. Finally, this book is my way of offering comfort to those women who feel as if they are the only ones who are going through so-called failed marriages.
With that said, I look forward to everyone’s discussion about what The Unhappy Wife is. Remember, the eBook is available for pre-order right now. If you’ve told me you’re waiting for the paperback version, then I have a special announcement coming soon!
As always, thanks so much for spreading the word. I honestly believe it’s time for women to raise our consciousness and live healthier lives. I hope this book will begin and continue that movement.
I’m excited because the eBook version of The Unhappy Wife is available for order RIGHT NOW!
Click on the above link or this cover to order.Visit my author site: www.kegarland.com. Paperbacks are available now.
One of my friends even helped me create a cool video so that you all can get to know more about my motivation for writing and self-publishing the book!
Even though I have all of this marketing, I still need HELP getting the word out…
Here’s what’s on the back.
Do you love it? Let me know. I wanted to convey a strong message and I want you to have one.
Looking forward to your support and please let me know if you have any questions at all!
eBook pre-orders available August 4, 2016.
Paperback available October 20, 2016.
Twelve women share one thing in common – the quest for being happily married to the men they chose; however, each one finds herself in an unexpected marital predicament. Inspired by real events and told from each woman’s perspective, these short stories are firsthand accounts detailing the realities of marriage well after each woman uttered, “I do.”
Four women represent The Voiceless Wife. Although circumstances vary, these women give their power away to friends and family. At some point, only they can determine next steps for their lives. The Detached Wife symbolizes five different ways wives can be disconnected from their husbands and themselves. Sex, intimacy and self-discovery are central to understanding these women’s narratives. The Committed Wife includes three women who demonstrate the depths of devotion. These final stories show that wives sometimes need more than loyalty to be happy.
Also included is an afterword by Relationship Coach, Anita Charlot. She gives valuable insights as to how and why some women become “unhappy” wives and what we as women can do to maintain healthier relationships.
About the Author
Katherin Garland is a published writer, whose work has appeared in the South Florida Times, Talking Soup, and For Harriet, a popular women’s blog. Her writing focuses on creative nonfiction intended to inspire. Though born and raised on the west side of Chicago, Illinois, Katherin now lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband of twenty years and her teenage daughters.
eBook pre-orders available August 4, 2016
Paperback available October 20, 2016
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Hone (v). refine or perfect something over a period of time
My editor and writing consultant suggested that I start a blog to “hone my craft.” I figured she meant that I needed to sharpen my skills. You know learn creative ways to introduce content, like how to begin posts with definitions. Cause you know those definition introductions can be cute and engaging, but beginning a story this way could also be rather trite. I assumed this was the type of thing she wanted me to refine. Don’t judge. It’s the English teacher in me.
Similarly, a couple of writer friends suggested blogging as a way to sell my book. As it turns out, this is a lot more challenging than one can imagine. Especially because I’m not sure if I should do a hard sell, or an implicit sell. In a way, this too, includes honing one’s craft, as you have to cleverly use words to self-promote. And I’ve decided I don’t wanna necessarily be that blogger. Well, not all the time.
So I joined a couple of Blogging U classes.
Writing 201: Poetry helped me to hone my innovation. It lasted 14 days and I’d promised myself that I would participate each night and finish each challenge. Haikus, sonnets and acrostics got my left brain flowing. Do you know I even wrote a concrete poem shaped like a house that professed love for my toy poodle? Now, that’s some honing. These challenges helped though. I’ve even considered interspersing poetry throughout another book I’m writing. Equally important, Writing 201 introduced me to the blogging community at large and helped me to gain a bit of blogging confidence.
I figured that if I could do Writing 201, then surely Writing 101 would be just as breezy. I was wrong and I misread the directions. Instead of 14 days, this one lasted 21 days and occurred right at the end of my university’s semester. Still, I honed my niche: creative nonfiction. I practiced telling authentic stories without offending the other people who are involved. This is no easy feat. And I’m not entirely sure I’ve done well with this self-imposed task. But it’s something that I have to do well because I’ve only tipped the iceberg describing the people who have impacted my life, both negatively and positively. Again, all of this helped me wiggle a little farther into the blogging community.
Ultimately, I’m grateful that my editor suggested a blog to hone my craft. I’ve not only learned how to improve my writing, but I’ve also become a part of a group of supportive bloggers who seem to genuinely have one another’s best interests at heart.
*This was written as a part of the Creative Blogger nomination from Marquessa.