Player Profile: Summer Land, author of Summerlandish: Do As I Say, Not As I Did

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Summer Land, author of Summerlandish: Do As I Say, Not As I Did


Tell us about your latest creation:

“Summerlandish: Do As I Say, Not As I Did”

It’s my tale about how I raised my ovaries in middle class America. Summerlandish is all the hard-won, scar-leaving, tattoo-regretting, butthole-tearing lessons I’ve learned over the years – “summer-ised” in all their glamorously gory detail, so you don’t have to bother with learning them yourselves. And, surprisingly, I feel like I know quite a bit about love, life and awkward moments involving too much caffeine and/or lack of restraint.

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Where are you from / where do you call home?:

I grew up in Gainesville, Florida, but currently call Australia home. To be more specific- I call Mudgee, NSW home. I had the pleasure of falling in love with an Australian in Utah at a ski resort in 2008 and… (you’ll have to read my book to find out more.)

When you were a kid, what did you want to become?  An author?:

No way. I thought that I would either be Rapunzel, a teacher, a Playboy Bunny or Marketing Manager of a footwear company. I did not see “Author” coming.

What do you consider to be your best work? Why?:

Currently this book because it’s my only work. Actually – LIES. I just made a pretty phenomenal burrito. That was some good work.

Describe your writing environment to us – your writing room, desk, etc.; is it ordered or chaotic?:

I tend to write when the mood strikes. Sometimes that is in my home office. Other times it’s on my couch or at my kitchen table. My favourite place to write is in a cafe though. I travel quite frequently and love to cafe hop and write. (I’m also addicted to iced tea so wherever I can get some homemade iced tea makes for a great writing environment.)

When you’re not writing, who/what do you like to read?:

I like reading anything by Malcolm Gladwell, David Sedaris, Charles Bukowski, Sloane Crosley, Chelsea Handler, Augusten Burroughs, John Steinbeck, Harper Lee, JD Salinger, Emily Giffin, and well this could go on for a long time….

What was the defining book(s) of your childhood/schooling?:

I’m sure a lot of people feel this way, but “Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret” by Judy Blume was pretty crucial in Summer Land being Summer Land. I even wrote a book report on it in 5th grade. I’m sure that my male teacher was thrilled to learn about how I can totally relate about wanting to get my period
before my friends.

If you were a literary character, who would you be?:

I would LIKE to be someone powerful, inspiring, loving, wise, soulful and amazing like Scout, George Milton or Kunta Kinte (to name a few), but to be honest I think I’m a bit more Amelia Bedelia.

Apart from books, what do you do in your spare time (surprise us!)?:

I’m currently heavily pregnant so I’ve mostly been eating a lot of weird food combinations lately.

When I’m not making a mini human I love playing tennis, dancing, travelling, and watching Hoarders, Intervention and Animal Planet.

What is your favourite food and favourite drink?:

LOVE iced tea. (Homemade-not bottled)

Also love watermelon, pineapple, burritos and ketchup. (Not all at once. Well maybe when I’m pregnant.)

Who is your hero? Why?:

I’m going to be super cliche here and state that my mom, Donna, is my hero. She is a widow, mom, sister, friend, teacher, and so much more. Her existence makes me happy to be alive.

Crystal ball time – what is the biggest challenge for the future of books and reading?:

I don’t think books are going anywhere. There are just too many lovers. I like to think that mankind loves the smell of a freshly printed book (or even a musty old one) too much to let them stop being produced and consumed.

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Jon Page

Jon Page is a bookseller and author of the Bite the Book Blog.