Looking to get a basic grasp of the intersection between quantum theory, battling impostor syndrome, fractals, relationships, and yoga, then look no further than the new book by Kate Wiswell, Full-Frontal Nerdity. We were lucky to interview with the funny and charming Kate Wiswell. During this interview, we talked about the formation, processes, and experiences that have led up to her story.
The Road To Publishing
Wiswell states that she has always been a writer, although it took her many years to discover and acknowledge that is what she was. She was raised by two teachers and believes that if she weren’t a writer, she’d be a teacher. She states that she didn’t realize she wanted to be a writer until she was in her late 20’s and was working as an actress.
Additionally, Wiswell remarks that the road to publishing Full-Frontal Nerdity has not been without difficulty. She recalls a few instances of bad advice: one colleague told her to go from writing comedy to romance because women write romance.
Another challenge that Wiswell faced in the road to publishing Full-Frontal Nerdity was how to market it. Her book is not traditional in any way. It is not an autobiography or classic anthology, which makes standard marketing practices ineffective.
A Story Of Finding Herself
Wiswell asserts that most of her writing for her recent book references her mid-20’s to mid-’30s. She recalls that those years were full of transition. Kate had recently graduated college, moved from New Hampshire to LA, and started working as an actress. She acknowledges that this was also a period that provided her with a lot of growth.
Kate states that this particular anthology is a combination of some old blog posts, journal entries, and personal essays. Full-Frontal Nerdity was a title that she came up with years ago, first for an improv set, and then later used as the title for her blog. She says that the title is what she aims for in her writing; a baring of her love of nerdy things, being smart and embracing exactly who she is.
Growing Through Writing
Kate says that one of her favorite parts of writing Full Frontal Nerdity was the research. She explains that one of the best parts of going over her old pieces came from taking a deeper dive into a subject that she wrote about previously. She affirms that rereading some of her early pieces gave her new inspiration for her project.
Kate Wiswell uses her writing to energize herself. She finds that putting her thoughts and feelings into words allows her to understand herself and the world around her truly. She says that writing has really helped her connect and that the sense of communicating with her readers is part of what motivates her.
“So, in other words, don’t believe everything people say (especially about themselves), don’t believe everything you think (especially about yourself), and define your own standards for success and happiness. Then work for them. Everyone else can go suck a cherry cordial. (pg 6, Full Frontal Nerdity)”
Kate Wiswel is a woman that we can all learn something from, and her collection of stories is one that no one who reads it is bound to forget. She is a cool nerdy lady whose two favorite words are tintinnabulation and bibimbap. Kate Wiswell is a Harvard grad, an established writer, and a fantastic storyteller. Visit her website and grab her book today to enjoy a story that’s not like anything you’ve read before.
I’m a polymath, writer, and an all-around nerd. If it involves gaming, anime/manga, or comics I probably have an opinion on it. I love spending time with my dog, Jester, and reading anything that sparks my fancy.