Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Dear Reader, Love Randi Sherman

Dear Reader…

I imagine we have something in common. You see, my imagination is usually in overdrive. I guess it always has been. I assume, because you are a reader, yours is too. Escaping into stories and taking the time to really know the characters may be two of my favorite things.

I’ve been asked a number of times what I would tell a young me if I had the chance. And as cliché as it sounds - I would say to embrace your imagination and follow your dreams early and often. However I would add - to never apologize for being a dreamer, be bold and dare to be the most interesting person in the room too.

I learned to harness my dreams when I spent time, about a million years ago, performing amateur stand-up at comedy clubs around Los Angeles and more recently I studied improvisation in San Francisco. Learning the rules of improvisational performance is how I learned how to make almost everything possible.

One of the advantages of creating fictitious characters is, as a writer, I can place characters in situations that I, myself, may dread. I can take the time to work through every possible scenario, good and bad, easy, imposing or frightening - then determine how I want my character to react. Truthfully this process makes me a much braver person - because I already have a preview of what can happen if, let’s say… I choose to be aggressive or passive or go swimming with sharks, or skydive or eat half of a cake with a giant spoon, in the middle of the night while standing at the refrigerator.

My latest imaginings bring us to my latest novel, Big & Fabulous, The Life and Times of Brenda Cankles. And, to be honest, I fell in love with Brenda.

I’ve been asked me why I made Brenda Cankles a plus size woman. The truth is that Brenda Cankles’ size is really a metaphor. She could have possessed any number of physical, emotional or economic traits that are critiqued and unfairly judged. Big & Fabulous is about having a positive self-image and living life outside of society’s censure and narrow standards.

You might wonder how I did my research or if Big & Fabulous is an autobiography. Am I Brenda Cankles?  The answer is yes… and no. Like so many other people, men and women, I certainly know about struggling with weight and body-image. In fact over my lifetime, I have probably gained and lost 800 pounds. Frankly I should be hanging from a charm bracelet. So yes, although I’ll never tell you which pieces of are me, her life and personality is uniquely hers. Brenda lives out-loud and is a hero of sorts. I aspire to be like Brenda.

Enjoy Big & Fabulous, The Life and Times of Brenda Cankles.

Randi M Sherman

About the Author

Randi M Sherman is the award winning author of humorous fiction books.

With an eye for detail, an ear for well-tuned dialogue and an incredible grasp of the obvious, all honed while performing stand-up comedy in Los Angeles and improvisational theater in San Francisco, Sherman adds just enough bawdiness to deliver character-driven contemporary novels that will have the reader laughing, thinking and connecting with the characters in her books.

A native Californian, Randi makes her home in California's wine country. Trying her hand at country living Randi describes herself the Eva Gabor of the Sonoma/Napa area.

Randi earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Chapman University.



About the Book:

Author: Randi Sherman
Publisher: Friesen Press
Pages: 282
Genre: Humor Fiction

The time for BIG & Fabulous, The Life and Times of Brenda Cankles is now! The emphasis is on positive body image, Big & Fabulous is a truly entertaining story that’s strongly written, funny, insightful and bitingly smart. Inside it’s covers, readers will find no shortage of acidly hilarious accounts of the highs and lows of living life inside a big and fabulous body.

Imperfect, impervious and improving Brenda Cankles is an unlikely heroine. Unfazed by the enduring censure of society, she is determined to realize the fabulous life that she has always believed is her destiny.

Brenda’s story – written in unflinching first person – is utterly unvarnished. Here, find a fantastically real person, sometimes struggling to fit in, but mostly giving the rest of the world the mother-lovin’ bird. From her clunky childhood, through her stumbling yet optimistic adolescence to her full figured and unapologetic emergence into adulthood. Brenda is a special brand of warrior. She is big, bold and beautiful. While the quirky cast of characters who surround her is eternally insistent that Brenda live her life in the background and fit into society’s mold, she will have none of it.

Author, Randi Sherman’s experience as a stand-up comedienne is evident as she delivers, BIG & Fabulous, The Life and Times of Brenda Cankles, the hilarious, often laugh-out-loud novel about the inner most thoughts Brenda Cankles, a very real character who is confident and brave enough to expect the world to accept her on her terms.

BIG & Fabulous, The Life and Times of Brenda Cankles is Sherman’s fifth novel, her fourth THE LOBBY has won 17 Awards for Humor and General Fiction.

Watch the book trailer at YouTube.


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