From being gifted with “Little Golden Books” as a child, to becoming a high school English teacher, and starting a podcast interviewing authors, it’s no secret that literature has always is part of Dani Vee’s life. Now she is reversing the tables and publishing her own book.
Ms. Vee’s literary podcast, “Words and Nerds,” introduced her to some pretty impressive names. But she doesn’t deny that it has cast doubt as she contemplates pursuing her own dream of writing.
“I had always written, but somehow in the background. Part of it was, how could I ever compete with the people I interviewed? I’ve interviewed Jackie French, Trent Dalton, Matthew Reilly, and in the back of your head you’re like, “Well, maybe I’ll stay in my lane!” “, she said.
But, coincidentally, it also connected her with Melbourne-based book publisher Larrikin House.
Ms Vee presented her idea of naming a book EXTRAordinary Momexploring the idea that women and mothers can be extraordinary in their own way.
“I was kind of fed up with reading to my kids and how women were portrayed, mothers in particular, in the books,” she said.
“In fairy tales, they’re dead, or they’re lost at sea, or they’re mean stepmothers trying to kill you with an apple. Or, they’re the ones who are sane, the ones who calm down dad, they’re the ones who aren’t having fun.
“I thought there was a real loss of identity, even the newspaper articles say ‘mother of two’, it’s always linked to you being a mother, which is obviously a very important part of your life, and I love being a mother, but I just didn’t think that represented all that women were.
Although Ms. Vee had a nine-pound deal with Larrikin House, EXTRAordinary Mom is his very first to be published.
“I got the samples yesterday, and it’s kind of a really mixed emotion of fear, joy, disbelief, impostor syndrome and all of these weird things put together,” Ms Vee said.
And there is also an international agreement in the mix.
“There is actually EXTRAordinary Mom and EXTRAordinary Mom – the US asked for 1000 copies to start. I have the small copy of EXTRAordinary Mom and it’s so cute!”
EXTRAordinary Mom is due out in August, and Ms. Vee couldn’t be more excited to get the book into kids’ hands and start some much-needed conversation.
Cassidy Pearce is the Weekender Community’s news and entertainment reporter.