Day 2 of the Horseshoes and Hand Grenades Blog Tour takes us to Review Tales by Jeyran Main in Canada, which published an article by yours truly about why I delved into the sticky world of #MeToo with this novel; and to Book Briefs here in the U.S., which published an author interview and is hosting a book giveaway of HAHG.
Book Giveaway & Author Interview on Book Briefs
New Adult book review blog Book Briefs is hosting a book giveaway contest for Horseshoes and Hand Grenades. Two Book Briefs visitors will win free copies of the paperback novel. Visit Book Briefs if you’d like to enter to win a free copy of Horseshoes and Hand Grenades. (U.S. entries only, please. Sorry…)
While you’re there, check out my interview to learn what’s under my bed, and about my secret talents.
Guest Post on Review Tales by Jeyran Main
The Blog Tour continues over at Review Tales, where I expound on what possessed me to write about sexual harassment and abuse. Below is an excerpt from the guest post. Click here to read the full post at Review Tales.
Why I Wrote a “#MeToo Novel”
Almost every time I am interviewed about my new novel Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, the interviewer asks why I wanted to write about sexual abuse and workplace harassment. Some ask with a tone that suggests I must like gory movies and watching train wrecks too. (For the record, I do not.) Others ask with a knowing nod, sure that the answer will be the #MeToo movement.
While the second is close to the mark, the truth is a bit more complicated. Here are the two reasons I wrote Horseshoes and Hand Grenades.
Reason #1: Educating the Skeptics
I freely admit that #MeToo was the catalyst for Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, in particular, the Harvey Weinstein coverage. Watching and reading news coverage of the movie mogul’s aggressive and arrogant behavior with women, I was appalled and fascinated as people—reporters, the accused, bystanders—ask questions that they rarely, if ever, ask victims of other types of crime.
We all know the questions by now: Was it partly your fault? Was it really that bad? Why did you wait so long to speak up? And why are you speaking up now—do you have an ulterior motive?
That last pair of questions is intensely frustrating. First, victims are criticized for not speaking up when it happened, and then they’re criticized for speaking up when they finally do. It’s no wonder so many choose to remain silent, harboring the pain within the confines of their own skin.
All in all, a busy Day 2 for the Horseshoes and Hand Grenades Blog Tour!