Rebecca Fox & William Sherman
Measure By Measure
a 50-minute mp3 recording of
publisher Peggy Elam, Ph.D. chatting with
Becky & Bill about Measure By Measure
& their writing
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Rebecca Fox and William Sherman met at a wedding in 1982, fell first in
lust and then in love, and ultimately married beneath the June skies at the Temple of the
Trees in Central Illinois.
Bill and Becky have embraced size acceptance together. Individually and in tandem, they have
authored romantic and fantasy fiction, as well as critical essays and reviews on body esteem, pop culture and
During the 1990s they established a chapter of the National Association to Advance Fat
Acceptance (NAAFA) in Central Illinois, and while this endeavor lasted only
three years, they both remain committed to promoting healthy body image. Since then, Becky has spoken on size
acceptance to classes of college students as well as younger children.
After too many years of frigid winters, humid sweltering summers and bland soybean vistas, the
couple packed up their household of books, unicorns and furry four-footed kids in 2007 and headed southwest
to the Gila Valley of Arizona. There, Bill is enjoying his role as a
family therapist for a child welfare agency, while Becky creates jewelry, designs graphics, and sells items
on eBay for their home-based business, OakHaus
In 1997 Bill & I introduced Measure By Measure as a serialized soap
opera (a la the inestimable Mr. Maupin), developing and honing it over several years and countless hundreds
My aging, ailing mother was living alone, 50 miles away, and our near-weekly visits offered
uninterrupted time for conversation, perfect for exploring this fat-topian fantasy.
As longtime supporters of the factual NAAFA (National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance)
organization, we'd captured remembrances of friends, conventions and events that helped flesh out our
fictional characters with a Windy City flair. Bill and I cherished those scenic sojourns, even as we watched
Mom struggle and fail. Measure became our creative respite from worry and
Mom, you were always beautiful in my eyes, size 14 and beyond. But our of decades-old vestiges
of your childhood size issues sprouted seeds of my own quarter-century of body-hatred.
I pray now that, in reading this story, mothers and daughters can break the chain of
self-loathing and embrace their unique personal power. And maybe then your self-doubts can be exorcised as
There's not much I can add to Becky's words except to note that writing and rewriting this
book with my lovely wife has been a heady experience.
Becky is my Jenny/Misty/Ann, and working with her on this sprawling saga has been elevating,
maddening, energizing, and, ultimately, bonding.
It took a long time for this book to get finished, but I'm profoundly grateful that we both
had that time.