It’s been a while between posts and that’s because Bronny has been busy turning her hand to write for screen. Like most writers Bronny has worked across genres and a couple of years ago now wrote a feature film called Four Girls and a Motorhome. This film has been picked up and is being produced by 222 Pictures in the USA and Running Panda Films and Little Train Creative in Australia. It’s a rom-com, road trip. A hilarious romp through Australian culture from the city to the beach to the desert. It has boho babes, hot corporate type guys, bad boys, bikies, surfies and loveable Australian characters. If you want to follow the journey come and say hi at our Facebook page.
Bronny has more projects she is working on including a television series, a second original feature and rewriting another feature. While this all keeps her really busy there is nothing that will stop her launching My Super Soul Dad, an homage to all the step dads out there.
And of course, Mother’s Day is just around the corner, a day to celebrate all the mums. You might like My Two Super Mums, My Super Single Mum or My Super Groovy Gran for the mum in your life.
But back to Four Girls and a Motorhome! Wondering what it’s all about? Well, this is the new type of chick flick, a rom-com roadtrip film where our heroine learns to love herself and not a man. The film tells the story of unlucky in love and life Sadie, orphaned by her National Geographic photographer parents at a young age she bounces from job to man looking to fill the gap. After another failed romance and job Sadie and her best friend Zoe set off on an epic road trip adventure in an aging motorhome to attend the wedding of childhood friend Annie in Coober Pedy.
Joining them on the trip are Zoe’s daughter Lulu, a ten year old bean sprout, and the result of a University affair with visiting African American Professor James. Auntie Margaret who stepped in to raise Sadie after the loss of her parents completes the four girls ensemble. Adding to the roadtrip adventure is Harpo, Auntie Margaret’s lovable toy poodle.
As the girls take off on their adventure, what results is a traipse through Aussie culture. From shaggin wagons, to surfies, to bikies, to stereotypical Aussie caravan park owners, pathological lying ex army creeps and other wedding guests also roadtripping to Coober Pedy. One of these characters is the handsome Liam; a successful advertising agency director smarting after his model wife has dumped him. Four Girls has it all, it’s Priscilla Queen of the Desert meets Muriels Wedding meets How to be Single. Aussie audiences will relate to Four Girls with all its Australian humour and have them laughing in the aisles as they see a bit of themselves in each of the characters.
For years I struggled with men. I married way too young and stayed way too long. Then, I ended up in a five-year defacto rebound relationship with the wrong man that resulted in me pregnant and alone. Then there was the addict, the philanderer, the narcissist, the commitment phobe, the ‘I forgot to tell you I’m married’ guy, the control freak, the long distance guy and finally there was Mr Right.
So, how did I find him? I mean, isn’t that what all us single girls are looking for? The One, love at first sight? Our knight in shining armour? It turns out I’m one of the lucky ones because I got my happy ending with my very own version of Mr Perfect. It helps that has a remarkable resemblance to John Hamm, but what is most attractive about him is that he is really just perfect for me. We quite often joke that we are the female / male version of each other. Born a day apart, perhaps we are Cosmic Twins brought together by the Universe after both travelling a hectic and often-unhappy relationship paths.
The truth is, and I’m going to give it to you straight, I magicked him into my life! Huh! I hear you all say, ‘as if’, yeah right, but it’s true. So how did I do it? I guess it was fairly simple when I look back, it was purely all down to the law of attraction.
When I found myself single and pregnant I probably thought I was at my lowest point, who would ever love me, yet alone love me with a child, which people in their mid 30s thought of as an accessory or appendage but mainly if they didn’t have one, just a massive burden. I actually had girlfriends advise I get an abortion because it would be soooo hard to find a man with a baby. Turns out that was not the case at all, because I didn’t have a short supply of suitors, but I did have a short supply of suitable suitors.
After she was born, like most new mums I went looking for books to read to my daughter, there was nothing that was suitable. Nothing that was just about a mother and her daughter, a single mother situation and so I decided given I am both writer, publicist and marketer that I would just write my own and self publish that baby. I had interest from publishing companies but at the end of the day I went it alone, just like giving birth. My Super Single Mum was born and with that I wrote around another 8 stories all surrounding diversity in families; single dads, two mums, two dads, grandparent books, rainbow families and a family about a stepfather that was called ‘My Super Soul Dad’.
Now you might be thinking this sounds like it’s turning into a massive plug for my books but you’ll stop in your tracks when I tell you what happened 8 years after writing that book called My Super Soul Dad. After my failed romantic liaisons I basically decided to be single, but a lady cannot live on air alone and so I thought a few Tinder dates wouldn’t go astray. I downloaded, logged on, created my profile and then there he was love at first swipe, well he was the third swipe actually but let’s not let that get in the way of a good story. I swiped, it was a match and then we got chatting. Turns out his name was Soledad. Do you think I was confused? Yep, I was completely confused so much so I asked him his name many times, Soledad he would say thinking (so he tells me now) it was lucky I was pretty because I seemed a touch thick! Soledad he would say, and I would think, OMG – I get you are a single dad, just tell me your name! Finally I caught on, his name is Spanish, it’s a real name, a girls name actually but hey, it’s a pretty cool name isn’t it so who cares what gender it belongs to. I struggled with how to say his name in the early days of our dating adventures and would just call him Sol or baby or honey. Finally, after a voicemail where I heard him say his name I got it. He wasn’t Soul Dad, he was Sol-eh-dad. After that I said his name with gusto – lots. Finally, I told him, ‘did you know’ I typed ‘I wrote a book 8 years ago called My Super Soul Dad, that’s half the reason I was so confused about your name’. We laughed. That was Law of Attraction number 1.
As for the second part of this story, well I guess a few of you are going to think I am insane, but I’m just a hippy at heart actually. I had helped a friend with their RSVP profile in 2013, telling them they needed to change photos, bio etc, basically I PRd the f out of that profile and within a week he met the ‘one’. A year later I was at their wedding in a wheelchair recovering from Achilles Tendon Reconstructive Surgery (damn that Crossfit!), his beautiful wife came to me and thanked me for changing his profile which in turn brought them together but then she told me that wasn’t the only thing, that a little bit of magic had also come into play. This was when she revealed the ‘man spell’ to me.
This is the part where we detour just for a moment, when you snap your Achilles Tendon you essentially become disabled for the period of time you go into recovery, so whilst I was in recovery mode I needed to amuse myself, I couldn’t really work for a little while and so I became obsessed with Mad Men, do you remember what I said about John Hamm earlier? Okay, let’s just say Don Draper to me would have been my dream man come true minus all his character and personality flaws. Give me a man who looked like Don Draper and the personality of Jerry Seinfeld and we’re getting close to my perfect man.
But back to the man spell. So, she tells me, ‘I did a man spell’, get a piece of paper, on the front print off a picture of a man you think is attractive to you (that would be Don Draper for me), then on the back you write your grocery list of what you want in a man, down to minute detail. I laughed, was she serious? But after seeing their love story and being bound by a cast and incapacity to actually walk I thought what the heck and gave it a go. I printed out my picture of Don Draper and then I wrote my list, it was long, it took an A4 page, hey – she said to go into detail, so I did, and I’m talking I went into DETAIL you know what I’m saying ladies right?
I remembered her last piece of advice, once you have your two pages, put them together and stick them under your bed to sleep on. Was she kidding I thought, I hope nobody finds this as I maneuvered my way to the bedroom and slipped the spell under my mattress. Fast forward a year later and I’m on Tinder and who do I see but a guy that looks like Don Draper, I’m thinking ‘who puts a picture of John Hamm on their Tinder profile” then I look closer and I think “when was John Hamm at Brighton Beach” and then I look closer again and I think “oooooh that’s him” swipe right, yes, yes, yes and it was case closed. To be honest, it wasn’t just what he looked like, yes, he’s gorgeous, in person too it turned out, but actually I loved how he described himself ‘we could be friends’ I thought.
Turns out we are, we are best friends in love and life. I joke we are partners in wine, crime and time. That was the law of attraction in action part 2. I magicked him into my life, what can I say, I asked and I received. I told the Universe what I wanted and the Universe answered.
The moral of the story? Don’t give up, I do believe there is someone for everyone. My partner brought me three beautiful children to love along with his and I brought him one. We are a squad of six and couldn’t be happier. We are and blended family – My Super Fantastic Blamily (yes there will be a book!). Maybe a little bit of magic could work for you too.
Bronny Lane is a writer, children’s book author, publicist and film maker. She has just released her fifth children’s book titled “My Two Super Mums” and her first feature film “Four Girls and a Motorhome” is in development with Running Panda Films.
We are so excited to announce that the writing phase of the creative process for My Two Super Mums is complete. This means that the lovely Lisa will now commence working on the illustrations for the book. We expect My Two Super Mums will be ready just in time for Mother’s Day next year so watch this space for this exciting fifth installment in the My Super Family series.
Did you know that Bronny can draw? Whilst she doesn’t illustrate her own books she does dabble in the art of illustration and will be as a part of the Crowdfunding campaign we will be launching in the new year a special reward of a framed, signed, personalised illustration just for you! Here’s an example of what you can expect and one of Bronny’s working drawings. We hope you are as excited as we are by this development in Bronny’s work.
Don’t forget we love hearing from you, so let us know your favorite books from the My Super Family series and make sure you get your Christmas orders in now in time for Christmas! All 4 books uare just $40 which is an amazing saving. Watch this space for more news and til then, let us know what you think about Bronny and her drawings.
August brings with it an exciting and fun opportunity for Melbourne readers, writers
and book lovers, especially Bronny and Muntsa who celebrate the Melbourne Writer’s Festival. The festival showcases a variety of authors and industry figures from an array
of different creative endeavors and backgrounds.
Here at Bronny and Muntsa we are very excited to see that the festival is hosting
a number of events which are themed around Children’s books. One such event is hosted by Jane Godwin, a writer of several successful children’s stories along with illustrative collaborator Anna Walker. Together they will share some of their stories and as well as explore different and creative ways to create them. This event will be held on Saturday the 24th of August at 11:00AM.
Another fun event will feature one of the most established names in Australian
children’s fiction: Morris Gleitzman. Along with fellow children’s author
Deborah Ellis, Glietzman will be discussing, among other things, where they
draw the line in conveying to children what the world can be like. This event
will be held on Sunday the 25th of August at 10:00AM.
Children’s stories mark most children’s first taste of fiction and begin to
open up their imaginations in all kinds of new and fantastic ways. It builds
the foundations upon which our children begin to build understandings of storytelling. It is for that reason that we here at Bronny and Muntsa are so thrilled to see that the MWF is featuring events themed
around children’s stories.
There is some exciting news on the horizon for the My Super Family book series… We are going back to the London Book Fair! Second only to the Frankfurt Book Fair, the London Book Fair is considered something of a mecca for the who’s who of the European book world. This is our second time at the Fair, and last time we were picked up by the Mundt Agency! Clearly My Super Single Mum, My Two Super Dads, and My Super Groovy Gran have lots to offer!
Spanning three days, the Earls Court location for the Fair becomes home to publishers, booksellers, literary agents, wholesalers, distributors, media, online service providers – the list goes on. The venue is transformed into a miniature global marketplace. The Fair hosts international business professionals, with 25,000+ attendees in 2012 from 113 countries, and over 1,500 exhibiting companies! It is the place to be for networking and learning from global industry professionals, and the My Super Family books (My Super Single Mum, My Two Super Dads, My Super Groovy Gran) are going to be right in the middle of it!
We are so exited to be bringing My Super Family to the London Book Fair, and to be sharing the values of love, safety and security that are communicated in the books. We very much hope to make useful contacts at the Fair, and extend the reach of our My Super Family books, so that even more alternate family situations can have children’s books that help promote healthy relationships in their family, so the children grow up feeling that no matter what makeup their family is, they were loved in safety and security.
As those of you who are keeping up-to-date with our blogs about the My Super Family children’s book series will know, Bronny recently gave a workshop at the St Kilda Library about writing children’s books and self publishing. The same day the 25 tickets became available, the event was sold out, and even then an extra 5 people came in! Plus it was so popular that it ran 20 minutes over the 1 hour and 30 minutes allotted! We are very pleased to see such interest in the books (My Super Single Mum, My Two Super Dads, and My Super Groovy Gran), as well as what Bronny had to say! Bronny also talked about marketing and how promoting your books are so important to the self-publishing process.
Bronny opened with a reading of My Super Single Mum that was well received, with positive comments on both the words and illustrations. Participants also appreciated the important messages key to the My Super Family series: values of love, safety and security in families. She also tailored her discussion to the needs of the participants – who were budding authors and illustrators as well as those with books already published. She hoped to better help them with their own writing by asking everyone to introduce themselves and to chat about their own ideas and goals. Creating a network of like minded individuals is so important in the creative process for brainstorming and industry contacts.
The workshop also covered writing conventions, and Bronny provided a writing exercise that helped the participants figure out where they wanted to go with their ideas, as well as stimulating networking between the participants. This exercise was simple and effective and provided every participant with their very own children’s book idea and skeleton to go home and work on.
Bronny gave useful insights into self publishing, and the importance of finding an illustrator for children’s books, as well as how she came to find Muntsa (they met at the online artistic community Lost at E Minor when Bronny was creating AskBronny.com). As a successful self published author, Bronny also gave the participants realistic estimates on the costs of self publishing, and how much it would cost for a first run; information that is crucial for any author considering the self publishing path.
During the workshop Bronny also provided useful tips and information on the importance of marketing, and how to utilize the internet; teaching the participants how to set up their own websites and online stores, as well as how to make use of social media. At the end of the workshop, Bronny conducted a Q&A session with the participants to ensure that they went away with a clear understanding of her discussion, as well as to give them a chance to find out useful information specific to their own needs.
The event was a complete success; the workshop receiving really good feedback – with everyone rating it either 8, 9 or 10 out of 10! Hopefully this workshop is the first of many more to come for the My Super Family series!
As a direct result from this we will be putting self publishing and writing tips on our Facebook page regularly. So make sure you like us so you can get all the latest information!
For more information on Bronny’s Picture Book Writing and Self Publishing workshops send an email to Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org/. Bronny is available to present for your Library, Community Group or Event.
This coming March, children’s book Author, Bronny Fallens will be taking a workshop at the St Kilda Library. 25 lucky people have already made their booking and the session is now booked out! Bronny will talk all things children’s book writing and plans on making it an informative session on not just about writing children’s books but also on how to go about getting self published. Watch this space for photos from this exciting workshop. PLUS – our books are off to the London Book Fair again this year. We can’t wait to take all our books – My Super Single Mum, My Two Super Dads and My Super Groovy Gran. Plus coming soon – My Super Single Dad.
People have asked me from time to time ‘why did you choose to write books about different types of families Bronny’. It’s fairly simple, I decided to start with this particular topic because their was nothing available for my own child about our family situation.
As you probably already know, I went through pregnancy on my own and after looking for books about single mother situations I couldn’t find any that actually used the words ‘single mum’. You see I wanted children to identify with this type of family and to then feel that it was normal – which it is!
If you look at Sensis statistics in Australia you can see that single parent families, blended families and other types of families that are not mum, dad and 2.5 kids make up close to 50% of families!
With that in mind, I wanted to share with you some feedback I received from one of our readers in the USA. After sending My Two Super Dads express post before Christmas it was with surprise that I received a note asking when the book would arrive! Whilst I was in the process of locating the book, I sent a digital copy hoping this would at least be something until I tracked down Australia Post. In between me doing all of this the hard copy of the book arrived and I received the following lovely email, I hope you find it as charming as I did ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Thank you so much for your reply!
I wanted to let you know that the mailman delivered the book today! (If only I’d waited two days before writing…) I’m sorry if we put you to a lot of trouble.
I did want to thank you for sending the digital copy. You should have seen my wife’s face, she was elated. 😀 Yours is the first two fathers book she ever bought sight unseen (usually she gets them through the library first) but she was so charmed by the sample and cover on the website that she couldn’t resist. We both thought it was marvelous and are so pleased to have the hardcopy in hand.
Thank you for the beautiful art and wonderful message you put out into the world with your books.
To all my readers a massive thank you and please do as Evin did, get in touch and let me know if you love the books! I have now finished writing My Super Single Dad and Muntsa has begun work on the illustrations. We can’t wait to bring you this next installment in our My Super Family series and want all of you out their to remember you really are SUPER!
Tonight we launch our newest release My Super Groovy Gran at The Grumpy Swimmer in Elwood! Here is a very grainy picture of Bronny and her daughter Lexie outside the gorgeous bookstore. Apologies for the grainy nature of the shot – let’s call it artistic.
The Grumpy Swimmer is located at 110 Ormond Road, Elwood and boasts a wonderful selection of books including all of the My Family children’s books. We are looking forward to this event and can’t wait to see all of our loyal fans. Bronny speak about her journey as a writer and self publisher whilst also signing books. Guests will enjoy a champagne on arrival. Event starts at 7pm. RSVP via our Facebook page.
We are so excited to be a part of the Beijing Book Fair for 2012!! This year it is being held at the 19th Beijing International Book Fair will be held at the China International Exhibition Center (CIEC) from August 29 to September 2, 2012. The exhibition area will cover 53,600 square meters, and the Netherlands will take part as the Country of Honor.
Our books My Super Single Mum, My Two Super Dads and My Super Groovy Gran will be a part of the children’s book zone. The fair will this year expand on last year’s innovative Digital Publishing Zone and will continue to run the Children’s Book, Cartoons & Animation Zone, Periodical Zone, Publishing on Demand Zone and the Rights Center.
This is an exciting opportunity for us as the Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF) has clearly become an important fair to be seen at, particularly if wishing to break ground in the Asia marketplace. We can’t wait to see what happens and share any wonderful outcomes with you.