Yesterday I shared my book review for You’ve Been Volunteered, the newest book release by author Laurie Gelman. If you missed it you can see it HERE. Today I am excited to share my stop on the Blog Tour with a Q&A with Laurie Gelman herself!
There is something so special about getting to know the person behind the writing and not only did I have the chance to learn more about Gelman but I was able to ask the questions!
Laurie Gelman is a New York City-based writer and mother of two who spent 25 years as a broadcaster in both Canada and the US – including stints on Good Morning America, The Early Show on CBS, and The Mom Show – before trying her hand at writing novels. Her first book, Class Mom garnered rave reviews from several places including The New York Times, People magazine, and Good Housekeeping, and it was just included in Parade’s list of books Mom will love. Gelman’s writing has been compared to Lauren Weisberger’s, Maria Semple’s and Sophie Kinsella’s.
And on to the Questions and Answers!
Q: As a parent, is there a character you relate with most in your fiction books?
A: I guess I would have to say that I identify with Jen the most because she is my protagonist, but I think there is a little of me in all the characters…even Shirleen! Most people can identify with Jen and her quest to try to be a better person…even if she doesn’t quite get there.
Q: What were your highs and lows of having elementary-aged children?
A: You know, as you’re living through those years there seems to always be something going on at school – some project to be helped with, a stack of flashcards to go over and a birthday party to get ready for. And there are highs and lows in all those things. But if I had to pick one of each I’d say the high was watching my child present something in front of the class for the first time and the low was being told at 9PM at night that she needed a pilgrim costume for the next morning. Thank goodness for Google!
Q: How has humor helped you navigate the rollercoaster ride of parenting?
A: Well, I think it’s a defense mechanism against bursting into tears every five seconds. Anything involving your kids and OPC’s (other people’s children!) is always a minefield of emotion. If you can see the funny side of things, you can avoid a lot of explosions. But if you’re alone in finding things funny, well then I guess you write a book about it!
Thank you so much for sharing, Laurie!
***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***
In celebration of the release of You’ve Been Volunteered, I am partnering with Henry Holt & Co. to offer ONE reader a giveaway of You’ve Been Volunteered, Class Mom, a fabulous “Ron’s Gym and Tan” T-shirt, and the chance for Laurie Gelman to Skype into your giveaway winner’s book club. How awesome is that?! And just in time for back to school season…
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