WILTON, Conn. The commute to work is infinitely simpler for Wilton's Marcelle Soviero since she left the corporate world to put all her efforts into her new full-time career as writer and mother.
Her commute is now mere steps from her home on Newtown Turnpike instead of the four-hour roundtrip into New York City. But she still gets up every day at about 4 a.m. to spend some quality uninterrupted time at her writing.
I write religiously from 4 to 7, so even if the rest of the day is totally taken up, Ive still gotten in my three hours, and that works out well, said Soviero, 43.
Of course, her commute may be shorter, but that doesnt mean her days are easier. She is mother to five children, three of her own and two of her husbands kids, ages 10, 11, 13, 14 and 15.
We really tried to make them a family from the very beginning, and I really think that Erics openness that my children are his and my openness that his children are mine really makes all the difference, Soviero said. I call them all my children. I never just say, 'This is my stepson. I say, This is Luke or This is my son.
Recently, she released a book of essays about her experiences as a stepmother and mother, called An Iridescent Life. She put it together because she didn't know of any websites or books that had anything positive to say about being a stepparent. And that just wasnt her experience.
While it hasnt really been pain-free, there are certainly differences from being the mother, she said. But she wanted to share the notion that blended families dont have to have the evil stepparent situation.
Although, she said perhaps the reason her experiences havent been awful is because the children grew up together. Her youngest was about a year old when she met her current husband, Eric.
Both her ex-husband and her husbands ex-wife live in Wilton as well, which can lead to some complications, she said. But its best for the children, she said, so they make it work. I dont want to paint a picture thats ridiculously fantastic, I mean its really tough being a mother and a stepmother. But we do OK.
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