But thats what happened to Waggener along the way of writing Alternate Beauty (Bantam), which focuses on size- 28 heroine Ronnie, an aspiring fashion designer who falls asleep only to awake in a world where big is beautiful.
Waggener, now 45-years-old, tipped the scale at 275 pounds in her mid-30s when she went through a major depression.
In 1997 she started the novel, but didnt sell it until 2002. It wasnt until after the last rewrite, and spending time with the character Ronnie, that she could finally accept herself as beautiful and sexy.
Thats when she began dieting and lost 100 pounds of flab. In Waggeners words, I thought once you lose the weight, youll be okay, but I had it backwards.
Today, Waggener doesnt know how much she weighs because she threw away her scale, but says she is a size 10-12.
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