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Designer You by Sarahlyn Bruck - Book Tour

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Designer You
Pam Wheeler checked every box: Happy marriage? Check. Fantastic kid? Check. Booming career? Check.
So when her husband dies in a freak accident and their DIY empire goes on life support, Pam must fix the relationship with her troubled and grief-stricken daughter and save the family business.

Pam and Nate were a couple who just couldn’t get away from each other, sharing not only their bed, but also a successful lifestyle empire as DIY home renovators, bloggers, podcasters, and co-authors.
When Nate dies in a freak accident, Pam becomes a 44-year-old widow, at once too young and too old—too young to be thrust into widowhood and too old to rejoin the dating pool.
Now the single mother of a headstrong and grief-stricken teenager, Pam’s life becomes a juggling act between dealing with her loss and learning how to parent by herself. On top of all that she also must reinvent herself or lose the empire that she and Nate had built so carefully.
It is time for Pam to seize the opportunity to step up as a mother, come out from behind Nate’s shadow, and rise as the sole face of the Designer You brand, and maybe, possibly, hopefully, find love again.

Author Q&A

Q: Author John Green says that writing is a profession for introverts who want to tell you a story but don’t want to make eye contact while doing it. Is that how you see yourself?
A: Ha, for me, totally. I am an introvert. In fact, I wrote about marketing a book while being an introvert here. But not all writers are introverts or suffer from social anxiety. I know some extroverted writers, too, who love to put themselves out there and enjoy the attention. But no matter who you are or how you function in the world, it’s important to tell your own story in the way you see fit. For me, it’s writing. For others, they might express their true selves through drawing or quilting or computer coding or singing on stage in front of thousands of fans.

Q: You generally write contemporary women’s fiction. What can readers expect?
A: Basically, women’s fiction is about the journey of a main character who happens to be female. It can be literary or light, it can have romantic elements, but it’s not necessarily central to the storyline.

Q: If you were trying to describe your writing to someone who hasn’t read anything by you before, what would you say?
A: I think that my stories run the gamut of emotions. There are moments that are funny and parts that make some readers cry. Overall, I hope that my writing reads real and true.

Q: Tell us a little about the major areas you had to research.
A: Anything that had to do with home design, I basically had to research. I am pretty pathetic in this department. The design gene totally missed me. And I’m sorry to say, all the research I did for this book did not help me with my own home at all. But, it definitely helped with the book. For a while, I was hooked on all those home shows on HGTV. I loved the blogs and design magazines, too. I also pestered anyone I knew who did have design expertise.

Q: In the creative process, do you hone in on the detail and then pan out to the bigger picture or the reverse?
A: I do the reverse. One of the first things I do after coming up with the premise, is I try to write the book jacket copy. So you know the blurb on the back of the book that gives the reader a taste of what the book is about? I write that. From there, I start to create characters and the central conflict. Once I know the characters and the problem, I outline the beginning, middle, and end that covers a couple of double-spaced pages. If it looks sustainable, I start outlining scenes, then start writing chapters.

Q: Is your writing plot-driven or character-driven?
A: I like to think my novels are both. I love great characters and try to create true-to-life, flawed people that I want to spend a lot of time with. I also enjoy creating a story that moves.


Author Bio – Sarahlyn Bruck writes contemporary women's fiction and lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. She is the author of DESIGNER YOU, published by Crooked Cat Books on August 31, 2018. Sarahlyn teaches writing and literature at a local community college and also coaches writers for Author Accelerator.
DESIGNER YOU is Sarahlyn's debut, and she is hard at work on her next book. Want the latest updates? Follow along for news, events, and announcements at You can sign up for her monthly newsletter there, too.

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