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Meet HOPress’ Molly Stevens Author of the Long-Awaited Boomer on the Ledge™

October 17, 2017
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HOPress-Shorehouse Books is so excited and proud to bring readers everywhere our newest author Molly Stevens and her first book Boomer on the Ledge™    This pictorial book is available in paperback and eBook format and we are sure that it will not only make your laugh but if you are a Boomer or know a Boomer, it will take the grim out of going gray. Today, we are giving you a glimpse into the world of Molly Stevens. Please check out her website ShallowReflections.com for news on how you can also purchase a custom-made BOTL doll which by the way, looks an awful lot like Molly . We will be posting lots of info about Molly and also  her book launch on October 28th at Seasons in Bangor, Maine  and there will be podcasts and other fun events coming in the near future!   

Tell us about Molly Stevens:

I was born in northern Maine, raised on a potato farm, youngest of four and was very attached to my mother. So according to my siblings, I was spoiled, but of course, they were wrong.

How did you get into writing?

I’ve always been an avid reader and dabbled in writing intermittently. I started writing humorous posts on FaceBook, and friends and family urged me to start a blog. So in 2015, I started my blog, Shallow Reflections, and it ignited a newfound passion.

What has your publishing experience entailed?

This is my first book, though These Summer Months, Stories from, The Late Orphan Project edited by Anne Born, included an essay I wrote about my mother and was nominated for the 2017 International Book Awards.

How did you come up with the concept of Boomer on the Ledge™(BOTL)?

I watched my grandsons get excited about finding an elf posed each morning leading up to Christmas and thought my generation was missing something fun. My mother left me a little vintage doll I started photographing in different poses, and it cracked me up. I brainstormed ideas with my husband, Patrick, and The Boomer on the Ledge™ concept was born. I waited for a year before I published it as a blog post, then decided I needed to expand it into a book with a new doll. I designed my vision of the doll, and worked with a fantastic seamstress, Brenda DeRoche, to make the doll come to life with a unique personality. The more we worked on the design, the more she looked like me, especially when I first get up in the morning.

What made you decide to make it a pictorial project? What made you decide to make the doll come to life?

I enjoy the creativity of using pictures to enhance my writing and have written quite a few photo essays. This work was my ultimate photo essay project.

What do you love most about the book?

I love how relatable the doll and her antics are to people my age, and how she makes me laugh. My mission is to help people see the humor in all of life’s situations, and this book helps me achieve that for the boomer generation.

What was most challenging about doing the book?

I shot the pictures during the height of summer, and in Maine, that means endless hours of bright sunlight. I used an umbrella, a blanket and even did a few photos in the bathroom with the shade pulled to get the proper lighting.

What do you like most about being a boomer?

I like the freedom to shed pretenses and be myself, allowing me to express my creativity without inhibition.

Do you wish you were young again? 

I guess the most decisive answer I can give to this question is ‘yes’ and ‘no,’ but mostly ‘no.’ Do I miss the days when my skin had elasticity, and I had a defined waistline? Yes. Would I go back and What do you hope your readers get from this book? I hope my readers laugh out loud, and want more from The Boomer on the Ledge™ because I have a feeling she will have future appearances, showing boomers how hilarious aging can be.

 

Donna Cavanagh

Donna Cavanagh is founder of HumorOutcasts.com (HO) and the partner publishing company, HumorOutcasts Press which now includes the labels Shorehouse Books and Corner Office Books (HOPress-Shorehousebooks.com). As “den mother” to the more than 100 aspiring and accomplished writers, producers, comics and authors, Cavanagh’s goal is to allow creativity to flow. She is a former journalist who made an unscheduled stop into humor more than 20 years ago. Her syndicated columns helped her gain a national audience when her work landed in the pages of First Magazine and USA Today. She teaches the how-to lessons of humor and publishing at conferences and workshops throughout the country including The Philadelphia Writers’ Conference and Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop. The author of four humor books, Cavanagh hopes her latest book, How to Write and Share Humor: Techniques to Tickle Funny Bones and Win Fans, will encourage writers not only to embrace their humor talents but show them off as well.

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4 Responses to Meet HOPress’ Molly Stevens Author of the Long-Awaited Boomer on the Ledge™

  1. October 18, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Hoping that book orders break the Internet, Molly. After payments clear, of course. Congrats again!

  2. October 18, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Best wishes on the book it sounds great!

  3. October 17, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Best of luck with the new. Ok!

  4. October 17, 2017 at 11:45 am

    This could never have happened without you, Donna, and HOPress. So grateful to have you in my corner and so excited to see where the Boomer on the Ledge™ goes now that she’s been released into the wild. Rumor has it she booked a trip to Vegas but I’ve put a hold on my credit card, so I think I’ve scrapped that plan. I’ve told her she can’t go without me!



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