I guess Iâ€™ve always been a nerd. The only person who has ever called me one though
is my husband (and my kids). I liked school, I was good at it, and my hobbies have
always been of the quiet sort (like reading and writing). I grew up on Star Wars,
but didnâ€™t everyone whoâ€™s my age?
As I got older, and definitely as I had children who are all kinds of nerdy, I
learned to embrace my nerdiness. In my house, a common mantra is â€śNerds rule the
My problem with the terms nerd and geek is not what they stand for or imply, but
mostly how theyâ€™ve been portrayed in books and TV shows and movies. Nerds are
smart but socially awkward and dopey-looking and canâ€™t carry on a conversation
that uses words regular people know. My problem with that is it was never my
I know a lot of scary intelligent people who are social phenoms. (not me, of
course, but they do exist). They excel in any kind of social interaction. The
conversation still might scare some people off, but itâ€™s not because the nerd is
People spend so much time making fun of nerds and geeks that they miss out on the
joy and brilliance of being one. I love the nerd/geek culture because when you
find your people, your tribe, they not only get you, but they throw their arms
wide and pull you in. They accept who you are because of a common (or uncommon)
love of something that many others donâ€™t understand. The fandom could be molecular
science, or music, or comic books, or video games, or yes, Star Wars. In these
places, there is safety to be yourself even if you donâ€™t all agree on everything.
When I started writing the Hot & Nerdy series I wanted to write about nerds
falling in love. People can be passionate about highly academic or bizarre
pursuits, but that doesnâ€™t mean they arenâ€™t attracted to people. They want to fall
in love and even have sex (gasp!). Although my characters have their own hangups
and baggage (who doesnâ€™t?), they are nerds who are relatively normal people.
Well, to be totally honest, the last novella in each trilogy does have
protagonists who are socially awkward, but itâ€™s cute. Theyâ€™re not bumbling idiots;
theyâ€™re just unsure of how to successfully interact with people in a social
setting. That doesnâ€™t just happen to nerds. All of my heroes and heroines are
nerdy and normal. They struggle with the same life decisions everyone does. Being
really smart or extremely talented doesnâ€™t stop you from being insecure.
Their insecurities are what make them real for my readers. Theyâ€™re not super-
geniuses who float through life without problems. They accept who they are and
embrace their nerdiness. When readers close my books, I want them to be able to do
the same. Embrace Your Nerdy!
Shannyn Schroeder is the author of the Oâ€™Leary series, contemporary romances
centered around a large Irish-American family in Chicago and the new Hot & Nerdy
series about 3 nerdy friends and their last spring break. When sheâ€™s not wrangling
her three kids or writing, she watches a ton of TV and loves to bake cookies.
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Reese Carter is definitely not your average college girl. Sheâ€™d prefer to spend
Saturday nights playing Heroâ€™s Crusade than attending a wild frat party on campus.
When she bands together with Adam, fellow comic enthusiast and illustrator, it
appears that Reese has formed a dream team sure to propel her writing into the
comic hall of fame.
Adam Hayes has never met a girl like Reese. Sheâ€™s sassy, smart, and loves talking
comics, although he canâ€™t see why sheâ€™d choose DC over Marvel. Heâ€™s thrilled to
finally put his artistic chops to use in their upcoming comic project. But this
relationship is strictly professional. Or so he tells himself. When the two
combine forces, they churn out magic in more ways than they had planned; they
never expected to develop a steamy romantic sub-plot of their ownâ€¦
1 comment posted.
What a fun idea! I love this intro to a new to me author and a very interesting new trope!
(Kathleen Bylsma 6:45pm October 31, 2015)