Pro Talks: Kathleen Smith

Posted July 19, 2016 by BAMF in Features, Interviews, Pro Talks // 0 Comments

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Here at BAMF we are always looking to shine the light on authors and their books. And what better way to do so than to hear about a book than from the author themselves? That’s why we have started our Pro Talks Feature where we interview an author about their book(s) and get the down low on characters, plot and anything else they want to share with us about their life as an author! You can find your next great read here.

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About The Book

Pro Talks: Kathleen SmithThe Fangirl Life: A Guide to All the Feels and Learning How to Deal by Kathleen Smith
Published by TarcherPerigee on July 5th 2016
ISBN: 1101983698
Pages: 240
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You'd probably know a "fangirl" when you see one, but the majority stay relatively closeted due to the stigma of being obsessed with fictional characters. However, these obsessions are sometimes the fangirl's solutions for managing stress, anxiety, and even low self-esteem. Fangirling is often branded as behavior young women should outgrow and replace with more adult concerns. Written by a proud fangirl, The Fangirl Life is a witty testament to the belief that honoring your imagination can be congruous with good mental health, and it's a guide to teach fangirls how to put their passion to use in their own lives.

The Fangirl Life encourages you to use an obsession not as a distraction from the anxieties of life, but rather as a test lab for your own life story:
How can a character girl crush be useful instead of a waste of time?
How can writing fan fiction be a launching point for greater endeavors? How do you avoid the myths that fictional romance perpetuates?

By showing you how to translate obsession into personal accomplishment while affirming the quirky, endearing qualities of your fangirl nature, The Fangirl Life will help you become your own ultimate fangirl.

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Today’s guest is …

Kathleen Smith discussing THE FANGIRL LIFE

BAMF: Describe THE FANGIRL LIFE in 10 words or less.

Kathleen Smith: Use your fangirl passions to conquer in your own life. 

BAMF: What genre do you find yourself writing in most? Is this the same as what you read the most?

KS: I mainly write nonfiction. I take mental health research and translate into practical and funny prose for the reader. I like to think of it as giving that bubble gum taste to good medicine. But most of the time you’ll find me crying about a science fiction book or a young adult novel.

BAMF: What are your ambitions for your writing career?

KS: I’d love continue writing books about personal transformation with a pinch of humor. Unless Shonda Rhimes contacts me, because I’d totally write a TV show with her. Email me, Shonda! 

BAMF: What was your favourite scene to write in THE FANGIRL LIFE?

KS: The chapter about shipping was the most fun to write by far. I enjoy crying about fictional people making out. Who doesn’t?

BAMF: What advice would you give to your younger self?

KS: People won’t stop loving you because you’re a little ridiculous or quirky. The sooner you share your fictional passions out loud, the more lifelong friendships you’ll start to build!

BAMF: What do you fangirl over?

KS: Middle-aged lady BAMFs! And people who fall in love with their unicorn nature! In the last few years, my fangirl loves have been Laura Roslin from Battlestar Galactica, Diane Lockhart from The Good Wife, and Phryne Fisher from Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.

BAMF: What sort of practical advice/exercises might readers expect from THE FANGIRL LIFE?

KS: The book is full of fun advice about handling your obsessions, building healthy relationships, dealing with haters, and conquering in your career. Every chapter has funny and practice takeaway exercises you can use to build those BAMF skills. It’s fun-sized and ready for you to scribble your thoughts in the margins! The more you put into it, the more you’ll get out of it.

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About Kathleen Smith

Kathleen Smith is a licensed therapist and a licensed fangirl. She is author of the book The Fangirl Life: A Guide To Feeling All the Feels and Learning How to Deal, which will be published by Perigee Books in 2016. Kathleen also runs the popular blog Fangirl Therapy, where she writes about the psychology of fangirling and television and helps fangirls solve their problems.

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