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kimberlyfdr
kimberlyfdr
KimberlyFDR
Wed, Aug. 5th, 2015 07:52 am
Guest Post: Samantha Bryant (Author of Going Through The Change)

Walk Like a Man

Writing is always an education. In writing Going Through the Change: A Menopausal Superhero Novel, I learned a lot of things. I researched the effects of hormone depletion, homeopathy, herbal remedies, the limitations of fireproof glass, the mechanics of balloon flight, and how to make biscochitos, among other things. Through the character of Linda Alvarez, I also learned how to walk like a man.

Linda is one of the main characters in Going Through the Change. So far, she seems to be a definite crowd favorite and I can see why. She's lovely, inside and out. When the story begins, she's a forty-eight year old grandmother, combating unwanted facial hair and believing that the cambio de vida, or menopause, is at root of all her problems. Then things take a turn.

Linda had a lot to adjust to. Besides her superstrength, she now had a whole new set of, um, equipment to learn to operate and had to learn to live as a man. She was trans, but not by choice. She still felt like a woman inside. She still loved her husband.

Writing Linda let me explore a myriad of issues surrounding gender identity. Linda was very concerned with presenting as a man when she was in public. She adopted a “man name”: Leonel. She worried about how she stood, how she spoke, how she expressed her emotions. Even using the bathroom was a new challenge.

The more I wrote this character, the more I realized how deeply gender is incorporated into who a person is and how others perceive us and how we perceive ourselves. Linda taught me so much! I'm grateful for the chance to get to know her, to walk a mile in her shoes. Really, moments like this are why I write.


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Going Through the Change is going through a change in price for a couple of days in early August. On August 5th and 6th you can get the Kindle edition for free on Amazon. Check it out at: http://bitly.com/face-the-change
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Samantha Bryant is a middle school Spanish teacher by day and a mom and novelist by night. That makes her a superhero all the time.

Her debut novel, Going Through the Change: A Menopausal Superhero Novel is now for sale by Curiosity Quills.

You can find her online on her blog, Twitter, on Facebook, on Amazon, on Goodreads, on the Curiosity Quills page, or on Google+.





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