In April I went to the Erma Bombeck Writing Conference. I met a whole bunch of funny ladies and one of them was the hysterical Stacey Gustafson. She, myself, and the fantastic Abbie Gale had a lovely tour of a neighboring town as I tried to locate the library that was hosting the Erma awards. Who knew that there would be two libraries less than one mile from each other?
I peeled my mini van across three lanes of traffic into the parking lot and threw it into park. We ran into the library, 15 minutes late, only to be told we were at the wrong one! If you were sitting in that parking lot watching us you would have seen a Chinese fire drill in effect. We ran back outside, jumped back in our swagger wagon and were off in search of the right library. We took a wrong turn, toured some more countryside, finally arriving 40 minutes late just in time to catch the last 30 minutes (timing really is everything) – the bestowing of the awards from the contest.
We spent that night in the bar and had even more laughs. She is hysterical and just rolls with the punches…which is no doubt why her upcoming book is called Are You Kidding Me? My Life With an Extremely Loud Family, Bathroom Calamities, and Crazy Relatives will be absolutely fantastic.
If the title isn’t enough to make pique your interest well then here is the old teaser (and it’s better than a hand job – sorry Stacey but I think it is safe to say I will be the only one to liken your book teaser to a hand job so I kinda had to. You understand).
Hop into your minivan and get ready to cruise through the crazies of Suburbia! Humorist Stacey Gustafson makes an entertaining tour guide in Are You Kidding Me?, a brash, voyeuristic peek inside the topsy-turvy world of suburban motherhood, midlife madness, and all points in between. If you’ve ever called SWAT on a neighbor, faked a heart attack in church, or pulled your hair out while questioning the sanity of your family, Stacey’s tongue-in-cheek brand of humor will resonate with you. Enjoy the ride and don’t forget to fasten your seat belt.
So if the hand job wasn’t enough to send you running for the book then hopefully the potential to learn how to fake a heart attack at church (pretty sure my 10 year old has done this) or fantasize about calling the SWAT on the neighbor (God I would love to on my elitist asshole neighbor) will be the thing to get your juices flowing. Again, my deepest apologies Stacey.
I’m counting down the days till this one hits the shelf – which BTW is not too far off because it is coming out in the Fall of 2014!
Keep your eyes peeled for this beauty and stock up on the tissues in the meantime 😉