Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Melanie Lynne Hauser... Super Writer!
Birdie Lee is an average hard-working single mother of two teenagers, PTA lackey, and mild-mannered grocery clerk at the local Marvel Fine Foods and Beverages. One morning, while getting ready for work, Birdie is sidetracked by a stubborn Stain of Unusual Origin on her bathroom floor. Unable to let the stain get the best of her, she tries to annihilate it with every household product she can find –to no avail. Angry, hot, light-headed (and forgetting to turn on the exhaust fan), she makes one final desperate attempt to eradicate this vile, dastardly stain: she loads her Swiffer Wet Jet with every household cleanser she owns, aims, and fires….
And passes out, overcome by the fumes. After regaining consciousness, Birdie realizes something’s wrong. She now possesses extraordinary powers — superpowers, to be exact.
I think Super Mom should DEFINITELY be on the next season of WHO WANTS TO BE A SUPERHERO? I only caught a couple episodes of it, but I thought it was really good. Stan Lee was behind it, and he picked the winners, and he's the man who knows all about what it means to be a hero. We like heros. Moms, too.
Former member of the PTA, Melanie Lynne Hauser is a prototypical Super Mom. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband and two teenage sons. I asked her the usual questions.
Are you a TV watcher?
What's your favorite show ever?
The Dick Van Dyke Show
What TV character (past or present) do you identify with most?
Well, I WANT to identify with Laura Petrie - she was so cute & glamorous, both. But I think I actually identify most with Monica on Friends - not physically, but in our shared control-freak tendencies. And also - clean-freak tendencies!
Does your main character watch any TV in the novel?
Actually, no - it never really comes up. That's odd!
Indeed -- not even a soap opera? (Get it? Soap? Okay, not so funny.) For more info on Melanie visit her website and blog.
Who Wants To Be a Superhero?