Book Giveaway – P.O.W.ER

What would happen if women and girls joined their unique abilities to change the world? In a time where access to the written word is reserved to men, Andra BetScrivener’s ability to read and write must remain a secret, or she could lose her hands, her eyes or her life.

Introducing Lisa A. Kramer, MFA, Ph.D, author of P.O.W.ER, a novel published by Word Hermit Press.

Lisa Kramer, author of P.O.W.ER

What inspired you to create this world of New North and the character of Andra BetScrivener?

The inspiration for this world comes from a lot of different places, but mostly—I think—from a disturbing trend that I’ve noticed in the US and other countries that focuses on limiting the freedom of women. I’m not saying the US is heading down the road of restricting educational access for women, but I do see a backlash happening against women who are educated and use their voices in a strong way.

I began to ask myself, “Why are people so afraid of educated women?” At one point I considered putting this into a real, historical time or place (because there are many examples of these kinds of restrictions throughout human history, including modern ones) but then I decided I wanted it to be more of a place that could happen—someplace recognizable but not necessarily nameable. Someplace where the fantasy element (where women develop super powers) would be somewhat believable.

Thus, New North was born. (On a side note, in my mind New North is roughly New England). Andra is the type of character that I wish to see in more books, a young woman who is not ashamed of her intelligence and has not focused her entire life on finding a man.

Not that I’m against romance, but too often I read books where I want to shake the main character and say, “you have to love and believe in yourself first.” She’s not perfect, by any means, but she strives to do what is right for everyone. That is someone I can admire.

Share one of your favorite scenes from your novel and explain why it affects you.

I think my favorite scene appears very late in the novel when Andra confronts the person who betrayed her the most. I love it when Andra says: “You made me see the potential of bringing people together to fight against the inequities and cruelty of Sandovar’s rule. It worked. Women have been coming forward and joining together to strengthen each other. Men have been joining them as well. You could have been a part of that, but you chose to fight for only one person. You chose power for power’s sake.”

In many ways this is one of the main messages of this book—that women and men must work together to make change, without violence and without fighting just to be in control.

 

P.O.W.ER, a novel by Lisa Kramer

What is your unique power and how would you use it to change the world?

The ability to encourage and inspire others to discover their own unique powers. I love mentoring people through the arts and seeing them realize their own potential.

What is your definition of feminism?

Feminism is equality for all, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation or ability. It doesn’t mean that we don’t have innate differences, but that we should only be limited by our own choices not by someone else’s definition of what we can and cannot achieve.

You’re a woman of many talents: a theater artist, an interdisciplinary educator, a writer, a wife, a mom, a dog lover – life is busy! How do you find the time (or the energy) to balance it all?

I sometimes feel like I am on a high speed roller coaster where I am required to keep a zillion colored balls in the air as the train speeds forward faster and faster, swooping through loops and sometimes changing directions at random. I have no control over where it heads.

However, perhaps because of my theatre experience I’ve come to realize that things always get done. I let things go when I have to. I’m not the world’s best housekeeper. I rely a lot on my husband taking on parenting duty. I ask for help from the village. And, I take each project one step at a time, knowing that it will get done . . . someday, somehow.

Who inspired you on your creative journey?

Teachers who have shown there is more to education than grades. Theatre artists, like my friends and Dramatic Adventure Theatre, who live the vision of empowering others through the arts. Women from the past, who never let the world tell them “No.”

Young women of the present, like Malala Yousafzai, Emma Watson, and Madison Kimrey who speak out against injustice and fight for the rights of people everywhere. But, perhaps the biggest source of inspiration for me is my own daughter, because I want her to grow up in a world which values creativity, kindness, and equality over money and control.

Quick Pick:
polar bears or jaguars? Polar bears
carrots, cooked or raw? Raw
fairies or angels? Fairies
orange or purple? Purple
beach cabana or ski resort? Hmm . . . depends on the season. In winter I want a beach cabana, in summer I want a ski resort.

 

If you are interested in winning a signed copy of P.O.W.ER, please comment below with what you think your unique power is! You can also earn other chances to win through a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway is open from June 2 – June 9. The winner will be contacted after June 9. All commenters are eligible, no matter where you live! Good luck everyone!

 

Congratulations, Beth Teliho, the winner of the giveaway. I hope you enjoy your signed copy of P.O.W.ER!

P.O.W.ER by Lisa Kramer

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40 thoughts on “Book Giveaway – P.O.W.ER

  1. Pingback: Another Chance to Win | Lisa A. Kramer: Woman Wielding Words

  2. Sounds like a great book – I don’t know if I’m eligible to enter for the signed copy as I’m in the UK, what with the shipping costs ‘n all! But that’s ok if I’m not, I’d have commented anyway!

    I really love that definition of feminism, it says it all clear and succinctly.

    I’m not sure what my unique power is, I’m going to go with the ability to step back and look at things in a different way, and to help others do that too. That might not sound like much of a power, but it comes up often for myself, and in my interactions with others and I value it. I might think of a better one later though!

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  3. LOVE the premise of this book! I’m all about strong female characters in fiction. We definitely see more now, but often times there’s still an emphasis on the character’s looks or her ability to woo the man. I like when the emphasis is on her actions instead, actions that extend beyond her own self.

    As for my unique power? Hmm, I think it’s that I’m the only one in my testosterone-rich household who sees empty toilet paper or paper towel rolls, or who realizes hand towels must be replaced and washed on a regular basis. 😉

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    • Thanks Carrie, I wanted to write something that was about her actions and thoughts. Some readers have complained (slightly) because I only hint at romance, but that is the whole point. I didn’t want her to be doing things just to get the guy.

      Fun and important power. 😀

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  4. Yes, let’s hear it for the power of educated women! Of course, I tend to think the world as a whole is beginning to distrust all “educated” individuals, be they female or male….

    I suspect being a champion worrier doesn’t count as a super power. 😉 But I’ll go with my listening skills. I think the world needs more people listening and fewer talking and shouting if we’re ever going to progress.

    This sounds like a great book!

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    • There is definitely a growing distrust of any educated individuals, but I think the distrust is even more powerful for outspoken women.

      Worrying is a power of a sort, but I suppose it could be dangerous. Then again, power is dangerous. Then again, listening is one of the best. I totally agree, if only people would listen more.

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  5. This sounds excellent – thank you for letting us know about it! I love strong female characters and the message of everyone working together to change the world is so important. I also like the idea of the story taking place in a different sort of world with parallels to this world. I’ll definitely check this out – thanks again!

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    • I thought my math skills had improved until it came time to trying to help my daughter study math in middle school . . . actually my skills have improved, I just don’t understand how they teach it nowadays. 😛

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  6. This sounds like such an interesting book and what a great message! And what a great definition of feminism. My super power? Speaking French and English in the same sentence when I’m tired (I have declared this a super power in my family and not a fault as some may claim, haha!). Great interview, Kate.

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    • I love that super power Letizia. I think the ability to speak multiple languages is an amazing and important one. One, when I was living in Japan (and studying Japanese) I also decided to pick up French again. As my teacher, another student, and I talked, we would sometimes start in French, move into Japanese, and end in English. It was razy.

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      • Japanese, French and English all in the same conversation: I love that! So often there are words or phrases that only exist in one culture so by combining many languages we are able to express all of the ideas we have without being limited by words. Of course it would be great to be able to learn many languages with the ease of children and then to find people who speak the exact languages you do so you can speak this strange combination!

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      • Sometimes I think my daughter can’t even understand my English, so it would be cool if she could understand my strange combinations. In P.O.W.ER the women also create a visual language so they can communicate secretly, now I want to do that.

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  7. A lot of my blogger friends seem to be commenting on the idea (and ideal) of feminism, notably in fiction. It’s interesting to see it weave its way through so many different blogs, each in its own way. Unfortunately, “feminism” as a cause has gotten a lot of backlash from the so-called “meninists” on the Internet, as well as young women growing up in this era of bullied group-think. This is probably because they did not have such a succinct, egalitarian definition for it, as you give here, Lisa…until now! 🙂

    Personally, it took a lot of head-scratching and hair-pulling on my part to figure out how women – and, especially, my women characters – can balance the stereotypically traditional roles of women with the more progressive opportunities presented to us in the last few centuries. It took another blogger (Vanessa Chapman, commenter above) to point out to me that one of the basic tenets of feminism is the freedom to choose what we want; you illuminate this, too. That anyone can be a neuroscientist, a sculptor, a politician, or a stay-at-home parent: all are equal choices, but those choices need to be free for a person to make, without coercion, force, or shaming. It’s good for our daughters – and sons – to have role models like you and Andra, Lisa. And Kate, too! In fact, I’m so proud to know so many women bloggers who articulate, educate, and exemplify strength, character, and intelligence with their words and worlds.

    Oh! My super power, huh? Well, I’ve always been a tank-type when I game, in that I’m good at taking aggro to keep the rest of my party safe. I do that with my friends and family, too: I try my best to redirect and refocus aggression and depression to communication and teamwork, so none of us needs to stand alone, and we can work through our problems together. Not sure if that qualifies, but it’s something I’ve always been able to do, and that I’ve always been proud to be, so I think of it kind of like a power. 🙂

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    • Mayumi, thank you so much for your kind words. I hope I live up to them, both in words and deeds. The meninism movement is so completely ridiculous, I just shake my head over it

      I think your super power is excellent. It is not easy to bring groups together to work toward common goals in a society that seems to think the solution to every problem is to fight about it.

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  8. Obviously I’m late … again for the raffle. Nonetheless, I’ll put this book on my list! Inspiring. Deep down, men have always been afraid of women. That’s the reason of so much violence and oppression. Women are powerful creatures..they can bear children..life. Thanks Kate for sharing Lisa’s book

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