Searching for My Wand.... A new novel from Bridget Straub!!!
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Written by
Jan Fischer Wade
December 2011
Contributor
Written by
Jan Fischer Wade
December 2011

I am excited to share with everyone a guest interview with author and lyricist Bridget Straub! She is one awesome, busy lady!  Bridget has co-written the musical “Room to Grow” with Laura Hall. She has her own blog at bridgetstraub.com and has written guest posts for several other bloggers while also blogging for the Studio City Patch. She has completed four novels. The first, “Searching for My Wand” will be published in December 2011. Congratulations Bridget!!!

“Searching for My Wand” is an adult novel about Glenda, who was named (incorrectly) after Glinda the Good Witch and therefore, subconsciously, has spent her entire life trying to live up to the reputation of a fictional character. To the outside world, she’s succeeding. She appears to have it all, the perfect husband, two beautiful little girls, a nice house, good friends and a dog name Bono! To Glenda, it’s not all that it’s all cracked up to be. Life throws her some unexpected curves and her world begins to unravel.

Through laughter and tears, Glenda tells the story of how this good witch is searching for her wand and is coming out stronger than ever.

Bridget has shared a short except at the end of her interview!!! PLUS, the book trailer is down at the end of my post. Check it out!!

 

~Interview With Bridget Straub~

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I clearly remember writing antiwar poems when I was eight. (Jan: “Peace is the power, girl!”) I knew I was a writer when my mom became concerned and asked if I was depressed. That let me know that my words had power, and had relayed the emotion I was trying to convey. She was worried, but I was elated.

What inspired you to write your book?

Funnily enough I was depressed. We had lost our house due to the recession (as well as a corrupt landlord) and we were living in a dark apartment with some less than desirable neighbors. I was listening to some music, trying to drowned out the neighbors. The song I was listening to is called The Moment and was written by my friend, Laura Hall (Jan: “The pianist from Whose Line is it Anyway”). It starts out, “This is a moment, like any other moment, most ordinary and every day.” It goes on to question whether or not that moment could be a defining moment, such as the moment when you decide to change your life. I find it fascinating that in a way that was a defining moment for me. I began thinking about such moments and somehow the character of Glenda, a woman named after Glinda the Good Witch popped into my head. Why, I don’t know, but that lead me to wonder what it would be like to try to live up to a fictional character. From there the book took off.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

I can honestly say there was nothing hard about this book. I wrote it in three days. It just flew out of me and I was as stunned as anyone about some of the things that happen in it. (Jan: “Holy Cowabunga Batman! Three days?”

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I learned to follow my instincts and allow the book to write itself. You can always go back and change things when it’s all said and done but if a character wants to go in a direction you hadn’t intended, let them play it out. (Jan: “I totally agree. One of my characters recently told me to chop off his arm, so I did!”)

Do you have any advice for other writers?

If you enjoy writing, do it. Don’t waste your time worrying about what others will think of it. Your first audience is yourself and chances are that if you really love your characters then someone else will too. That said; this is not an easy profession and you have to know how much you can put up with. I chose self-publishing because I don’t have the patience to write dozens of query letters just to get an agent to agree to read my book, and then still have to wait a year or more to see it get published. The more I read about traditional publishing and how much of the promotion you have to do yourself anyway, the more I concluded I would rather have total control.

 

Thank you for sharing some great insights with us Bridget!!  And now, a sneak peak at “Searching for My Wand”! Sounds like a really, really great read!!!

CHAPTER ONE

      My name is Glenda, and all of my life I have been teased because of it. No one can resist bringing up Glenda the Good Witch. The thing is, the good witch is named Glinda, not Glenda. I could say that I don’t know what my mother was thinking when she named me, but unfortunately I do. She was thinking of Glinda the Good Witch, and just like everyone else, missed the proper pronunciation. She had always been intrigued by the idea that there could be a good witch and she found Glenda to be more level headed than Samantha Stevens of “Bewitched”, so there you go. My father readily admits that they neglected to mention my mother’s insanity when filling out the adoption forms.

      The point is, that I am neither good, nor a witch. I am 33 years old and married to Adam, but I am sleeping with Paul again. I have two little girls that I love. I have a big house that a year ago, or more likely two, would have been worth well over a million dollars. I have been published and am a member of the PTA. At the moment I am also suicidal, but I know it will pass. It always does. I’ve told Paul (again) that I won’t be seeing him anymore. He’s told me that I don’t mean it. I’ve told him that I love Adam and my girls. He’s told me he does too. I’ve told him that I can’t live like this. He’s told me that he can’t live any other way. We are seriously screwed up.

 And now, the trailer!!!!

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Comments
  • Bridget Straub

    That's just for the ebook. Print (as much as I want it) is way more expensive. The best price I've heard is $500.00 for 50 books. That's for a soft cover and it would come to $10.00 a book. I just don't see it as cost effective.

  • Diane McElwain

    Wow, that's great!  How many copies did you publish?

  • Bridget Straub

    BookBaby was very cost effective. They had a $99 special going, but I have a lot ofdrawings in the book which costs more. The first 10 were free. Also I was lucky enough to have someonewho could format the book for me because again, with all the drawings, that would have been expensive (I think anyway) Also I did the cover myself with help from the same friend so all told it only cost me $198.00 for the whole thing. The real challenge is trying to promote it.

  • Diane McElwain

    How hard is it to publish your own book?  How did you go about it?  Is it real expensive?

  • Bridget Straub

    Thanks Karoline!

  • Karoline Barrett

    Congratulations!