What’s your book about?

Once I finally plucked up the courage to tell people I was writing a novel, the first question, and surprisingly the hardest question to answer, was simply . . . What’s your book about?

There are many things I could say about my book. For example, it is a dystopian YA novel.

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Does this mean that only people of a certain age will enjoy it?

Certainly not. Most of the people I know who enjoy YA novels, are not what would be termed, as young adults. But more on that subject, and why I choose to write YA later.

I could tell you that it explores such issues as freedom vs security, prejudice and the ever growing gap between the wealthy and the poor.

Or perhaps, I could say it is a hypothetical study on the effects of mass production and genetic modification on our society.

But in truth, those are just words and it is none of these things.

It is a simple story of a girl, probably told countless times before, who discovers that her world, and the things she has been taught to believe, may not be all they seem to be.

I am working on the ‘blurb’ for my story, which is a lot harder than it sounds, but for now I will leave you with this quote from my novel . . .

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What’s in a name?

My real name is not Abby Wilder.

My first name is Abby, and it always has been despite the insistence of some people calling me Abigail, or getting my name confused over the phone and calling me Debbie.

My parents took a little while choosing my name because they were certain I was going to be a boy. My mother had names picked out like, Guy and Miles. My father was in favour of more traditional names like John. So when I popped out as a girl, my father said that he opened the baby names book and just picked the first one. That story isn’t true, but I like it anyway.

My surname at birth was my father’s. When my mother re-married, I took the name of my step-father because I wanted to be like my mother. It wasn’t until I travelled overseas and applied for a passport, that I realised it was never my legal name. So I went back to my Father’s name and stayed that way until I married.

I’m proud of the men in my life. I’m proud to have claimed their names as my own, as a daughter, a step-daughter and a wife, so why do I write under a different name?

Because it is a name I have chosen.

It is personal to me. It doesn’t simply imply that I am someone’s wife, or someone’s daughter. It is just a name with no family connections, and one that I’m rather fond of. I also like the way it looks.

But why Wilder?

One of the first series of books I fell in love with, was the ‘Little House on the Prairie’ series by Laura Ingalls-Wilder. I used to play pretend a lot when I was young and my name was always Laura, most often Laura Wilder, so to me it was an obvious choice. It’s something that has been part of the creative side of me for many years.

To change my first name would have been confusing, so I decided to leave it alone.

But despite what I am called, despite which name I choose to use, I assure you, I still smell as sweet.