More LaVerne than Shirley,
more Cagney than Lacey,
and definitely more Rhoda than Mary.
I never had a burning desire to be a writer, but then I got inspired by my 20-something daughter’s wailing and whimpering about how tough life was, living on her own.Her car was probably towed (for the third time) or her roommate ate her last banana, I don’t remember, but something she said struck a chord with me.She whined that she ought to write a book about all the mistakes she’d made – and learned from – like paying attention when the car’s oil light went on, or getting a lesson on making the perfect baked potato.I was always offering motherly suggestions to my daughters and their friends – and strangers on the street – to button their coats, eat their vegetables, or get to bed early.And coming from a family of class clowns – my Dad’s nickname is Bozo, for Pete’s sake – the book must be funny.Having seen enough kids roll their eyes when being lectured, I knew the information would be concise and throwing in lots of comical illustrations would engage them long enough to read my snippets of advice, and hopefully help them to avoid a few of the pitfalls of independence that await the young and the clueless.
With an infusion of cash from a supportive husband and a boatload of stomach butterflies, this 50-something, stay-at-home mom gave birth to “50 Ways to Leave Your Mother.”Little did I know that writing the book was the easy part, and that many hours of Googling, studying, and teeth-grinding in my sleep were part of the self-publishing process.
I don’t need to share the details of my particular journey, you are all writers, and I have come to deeply respect the profession and the writing process from start to finish, complete with the inevitable rejection, teeth-grinding, and stomach butterflies.
Milwaukee, WI USA
2007 finalist (humor/satire/comedy) Benjamin Franklin Awards
2007 finalist (humor) National Best Book Awards (USA Book News)
50 Ways to Leave Your Mother is in its 2nd printing.
Mother Love Publishing Co
13522 42nd Ct W
Mukilteo WA 98275