Christine Weiser

Biography

Christine Weiser is the Executive Director of Philadelphia Stories literary magazine and the Executive Editor of Tech & Learning. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and son. Her critically acclaimed first novel, BROAD STREET (PS Books, 2008), tells the story of the lusty world of chick rock.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
The idea for The Mom Squad began when my son was a baby. I lived near the Philadelphia Museum of Art in an area called "Fairmount." Like many new parents, I was going a bit stir-crazy with the many uncharted challenges of motherhood, from the chronic quest to identify the cause of my son's crying (Is he hungry/thirsty/dirty/cranky/etc.?) to the sudden adjustment of priorities. "Time" became a whole new concept. There was never enough of it, and yet most days seemed to stretch on indefinitely in hour after hour of monotonous routine: wake, feed, sleep, feed, wake, feed, change diaper, feed, and so on. I knew I had to get out of the house.

On one of my morning walks, I met another local mom, Kate, at a local cafe. Our conversation began with a simple prompt: we had the same brand of stroller. We soon learned our boys were about the same age and we began swapping new mom war stories: the poop explosions at inopportune moments, the challenge of nursing in public, the exhaustion. Kate told me there were more of us in an organization called The Fairmount Parents group. I could join for free. The only price of admission was, well, being a Fairmount parent.

Through this group I met Meg and Kristin, who also had kids the same age. We soon became a regular posse, planning our days with early-morning conference calls where we would set our agendas (take the kids to Little People's Music, lunch, playground, Please Touch Museum, a walk along Kelly Drive, etc.). These three women kept me sane during these early years with my son.

One of the regular topics of conversation during our many hours together was the Fairmount Parent online group. We joked about the sometimes-inane questions posed on the email group. It was during one of those conversations that Kristin, a mystery lover, speculated jokingly that maybe these questions were actually code for something more sinister. The proverbial light bulb went off, and soon we were brainstorming this idea further. Thus, the idea for The Mom Squad was born.
Why an e-book?
The future of publishing is a mystery to even the most experienced professional. Authors are continually told: Build your brand. Develop your platform. Grow your social media profile. Writing a book is like opening a small business; the advice is the same. The author is responsible for marketing, accounting, business development, and more. Whether that author is published by a large publishing house or by a small press, she is ultimately the one responsible for her success.

I've had three literary agents. Each pitched my books to a handful of traditional publishers before leaving for other endeavors. One became a novelist. One left the agency. One changed the kind of work she was selling and my work no longer applied. It was, to say the least, disheartening. I had spent an enormous amount of energy securing these agents; I had little interest in doing that again.

So, I just kept writing. During a meeting with my writer's group, my friend Julie told me about a colleague who had published her novel through Smashwords. I checked out the platform and decided: what the hell. Why not give it a shot?

I decided to try this experiment with The Mom Squad. This was one of my novels that had been represented by an agent. It had been through many revisions and critiques by writer friends, so I thought the story was pretty close to finished. I hired a professional editor (Tara Smith), who worked with me to fine-tune the book. I hired a professional illustrator (Terry LaBan) and graphic designer (Sue Harvey) to design the cover, and published The Mom Squad in October. I announced the book solely through social media and the response has been great.
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Where to find Christine Weiser online


Books

The Mom Squad
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,310. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
The Mom Squad is a mystery about a former up-and-coming rock star turned reluctant stay-at-home mom who stumbles upon a case of citywide corruption in Philadelphia. Enlisting the help of her playgroup moms, she juggles a toddler, a cantankerous stepdaughter, and an absentee husband in order to solve the murder that seems tied to the mayoral election – and possibly the husbands of her playgroup mom

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