Today I’m blogging about supermom and author of soon-to-be-released novel The Book of Helen. Sherry Antonetti seems to have never-ending energy with her very large family and her writing career. Readers, leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Sherry’s e-book.
Sherry, is it true you have ten kids?
Yes! But when I started writing Helen, in fairness, I only had 8. Two more babies, four computers (we share a lot of machines) and six years later, here we are.
Dare I ask what you do in your spare time?
What is this thing you call spare time? When I can, I blog, read, drink diet coke and eat chocolate.
How delightful in today’s age of small families. We’re friends with two large families. One has ten kids, the other eleven. They are full of stories! Your life must be very rich and busy.
It is lovely and never dull. Mornings are rough, with 8 people who need lunches, at least three pairs of shoes and five (five!) socks to find, and breakfast for 9 before 7:30. After dropping everyone off and getting back home, it’s 9 o’clock, and I’ve made 17 meals and still haven’t eaten. But there are the glorious moments like when the five and seven-year-old are reading to the two-year-old a bed time story and telling her about flash cards and school and the 13-year-old son is playing Star Wars and Angry Birds with his brother who has Down’s Syndrome and the two of them are just giggling all over the place. My favorite experience is Sunday dinner. We use real plates and it’s a whole family sit down event usually with a dessert or something to make the night festive.
That is so moving, Sherry! I really admire you. Now tell us about your novel, The Book of Helen. The cover absolutely captures my imagination.
Ohhh, I love the cover. Many thanks to Suzannah Safi at http://www.design.suzannahsafi.com/ for her beautiful, beautiful work. We wanted something that was dramatic, beautiful and had an epic feel about it with a touch of the destruction/doom that does come from being in Helen’s wake. Suzannah really captured the tone of the story in a great and mysterious luminous way.
Now, the book! Helen of Troy is sixty-five, newly widowed and finds herself exiled to the island of Rhodes. Without friends, a husband, a role, a crown, she must start over and combat a legacy of her own life that has become legend. She wants her own stories to be remembered, not just those created in the fancy and fantasy of poets, and thus starts telling her own life to a newly acquired scribe/servant Pythia. Haunted by her past, striving to craft a future and lonely in the present, Helen does what she has always done everywhere, she floods the people with beauty and feasts, hoping to win them over. However there are some who can’t forget and won’t forgive and have a hard deep need for something akin to justice with the woman who caused the deaths of thousands of men both Greek and Trojan.
That sounds profoundingly interesting. Now where can we pre-order your e-book?
It will be available as of May 30th on http://museituppublishing.com/ but you can pre-order it now. It will also be available at Amazon, Kindle, Barns& Noble.com, Sony e reader store, Diesel E-books, Smashwords, Bookstrand and Kobo.
Still waiting for the exact launch date, eh? I sure know that feeling. Been there and done that. Sherry, it’s been a pleasure to interview you. I wish you the best of luck with your novel. I know I will certainly buy a copy. Who wouldn’t? It’s so fascinating! Readers, don’t forget to leave a comment below for a chance to win a copy too.
Thank you so much! Hope everyone enjoys Helen’s story, she’s been a fun glamorous imaginary friend these past six years.