Interview with Shannon Bradley-Colleary, author of Into the Child
Tell us about Into the Child: “40 Weeks In The Gestational Wilderness”
I wrote this book while pregnant with my second child and caring for a resentful toddler. It’s chock full of water boarding (my husband to get the truth about how fat he thought my ass was), mendacity (telling my toddler I won’t love the new baby as much as her), torture (suffering bouts of gas and the subsequent cannon-fire that was issued from various orifices, causing PTSD in anyone living within a one-mile radius) and rapacious gluttony (wherein should you trip and fall in my house you might be doused with Cool Whip and eaten).
What genre is it?
What kind of readers will it appeal to?
Complete this sentence for us: If you like_____________ , you’ll love Into the Child
What’s the best thing and the worst thing about being pregnant?
Many pregnancy books can be overly earnest. How is yours different?
You were in the news for posing again for nude photos, the same way you had done in your twenties. Tell us about it, why you did it and the reaction you received.
Suffering from self-criticism, I took the nudes when I was 27 to see what I really looked like and was astonished at how happy they made me. Twenty years, two kids and twenty pounds later I found myself wallowing again in body dysmorphic disorder and dissatisfaction. I took the second set of nudes expecting to be pleasantly surprised as I was the last time. Sadly this was not to be.
I thought that I looked like one of the pudgier zombies from Night of The Living Dead. It took me several days to admit that one or two of the photos weren’t that bad. Months later I see, in the more flattering photos, the beauty in my older, fuller body.
I posted my story because I have two daughters and hope they won’t be as critical of themselves as I was on myself. I wanted to shed some light on how hard we are on ourselves and to encourage other girls and women to enjoy their current incarnation.
I’m currently in love with Lena Dunham because she’s politicized her body by romping about nude in almost every episode of Girls. She seems comfortable and sexy with a body that isn’t considered the ideal by today’s standards. She daringly, charmingly demonstrates that there are many different ways of being beautiful and we should embrace that which is uniquely ours.
Tell us about The Woman Formerly Known As Beautiful.
Eventually I passed out from hypoglycemia due to LACK OF RED MEAT and when the paramedics came they forgot to collect my 50-lbs.-up limp form off the ground because they were too busy helping the Pussycat Doll carry her boneless, skinless chicken cutlets to her car.
My blog is about aging not-so-gracefully (my brow-lift), staying in love with my husband (making him pretend not to know me in a bar), raising my kids (which is occasionally the Siege of Leningrad) and keeping my ego at bay. (Because I’m awesome, I suck, I’m awesome, I suck – Fie! Fie! You damned pendulum!!)
Where else can we find your work on the internet? And how can we follow you on social media?
Tell us a bit more about yourself.