Monday, June 18, 2018

Conch Shell Confessions by Dax Marie Blog Tour

CONCH SHELL CONFESSIONS by Dax Marie, Memoir, 202 pp., $13.99 (paperback) $3.03 (kindle)


Author: Dax Marie

Publisher: Author House

Pages: 202

Genre: Memoir

This is a book about love: hunting it, chasing it, losing it, tripping, and falling into it.

And yes, it’s a book about sex: hunting it, chasing it, losing it, tripping from it, and falling onto…ahem…it.

But more than anything, it’s a book about self-discovery, navigating
the learning curve of adulting, and learning the kind of tough lessons
that only come when you have to pick yourself off the floor, block a
guy’s phone number (for the second time), and clean some curious stains
off your dress.

I dove headfirst into love and sex, and for better or worse, they
have taught me that sometimes you just need to try the world on for size
to really understand what it is you want and learn who you are. So
here’s my experience in the world of men.


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Because lord knows I need one.
    Ladies, this is a book about men (or maybe they could be more accurately defined as boys…little boys). So, if you have ever found yourself with the wrong guy (or guys as I have mistakenly done), I am so sorry. If you have ever had to deal with heartbreak, frustration, or immaturity due to boy-kind, I would like to apologize for their actions, too, because lord knows they never will. Can I do that? Just apologize for the inferior gender like that? Oh well, I’m going to anyway.
    The dating struggle is real, and I feel your pain. Know that you don’t stand alone in your dating of dipshits and DEFINITELY know that I understand (and that it’s okay) if sometimes you’re the dipshit because of the men you choose for yourself. As some cliché somewhere once said, you live and you learn. So let’s start making our way towards finding ourselves and learning about love. Oh, the happy struggles of vagina-hood.
    Some of you men out there might be worried that you’re going to show up in these pages. Some of you will be right––but not to worry my sweet boys, I have changed your names to ones that I find more befitting of you. So if you don’t like it, I’m sorry, but you shouldn’t have been so deserving of such colorful nicknames.

Dax Marie was five or so, when the man that she would otherwise call,
“father” gave Dax her issues. What’s the medical terminology for that?
Oh, Daddy Issues! For nearly the whole of her life she has tried to deny
this grave medical condition and up until about seven years ago, she
was doing alright. By no means was she swimming through the world with
ease, but she did like aight (that’s hood talk for alright).

It was not until sometime in high school when she discovered her
self-diagnosed condition. Sigmund Freud (you may have heard of him, he’s
like a coke-head genius) told Dax (in a text book) that she has Penis
Envy. Poor thing, she was absolutely flabbergasted!

“Me, Dax Marie? Associated with male genitalia?” she thought to herself.

So, it was then and there, her junior year of high school that she knew what

she was destined for…MEN.

Dax’s latest book is the memoir, Conch Shell Confessions.



Interview by Dax Marie:

How did you come up with name of this book?
    Are you ready for my literary dorky-ness to come through?! I LOVE alliteration so it took me awhile to find Conch Shell Confessionals. I was laying in bed one night playing with different title ideas in my head and I just sort of stumbled upon it…conch…shell…confessionals.

Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?
    I’m actually not a huge reader but I am a sucker for musician biographies and Bukowski. I love the romantic gritty truthfulness of Bukowski—Women—come on!

Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?
    Give me lots and lots of NOISE!!! I need music and the cacophonous symphony of a coffee shop to conduct me through my writing.

What do you feel you can accomplish with this book?
    On a personal level, I believe I’ve accomplished the art of letting go. Looking back and writing these stories of the guys I’ve dated, the places I’ve been, and the mistakes I’ve made has helped me move on beyond myself. I feel as though I’ve released these embarrassing bits into the world and now I am capable of diving deeper creatively. Beyond me, I hope that Conch Shell Confessionals allows at least one reader to realize that they deserve a two-sided selfless love from another but more than anything I hope that it encourages them to embrace their quirkiness and their flaws.

What is your next project?
    Currently I am working on a short film that I wrote called Amor sin amantes or Love without Lovers. I don’t want to give too much away but I will tell you that it’s a story about a man and a woman in love but when the man unexpectedly dies, the woman is faced with a decision that she can never undo. We’re set to film in June!

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