As a mother of four and honorary mother to half of the neighborhood kids, humor is key to both my sanity and my survival. I love to laugh and make others laugh. While most of my work has been nonfiction humor and the occasional short story, my favorite reads tend to lean on the side of thrillers and anything I'm interested in learning to do - tightrope walking, snipe hunting, synchronized channel-changing.
Find humor in every day and, for crying out loud, laugh til it hurts!
Describe your desk
I love my desk. It's heavy, old, and made of solid wood. ADHD keeps it from being all neat and organized, but I make an effort. My kids have spent hours here, playing games and doing homework assignments. They're not supposed to eat or drink while at my desk, but I have learned to choose my battles. Every nick, scratch, stain and scuff makes my desk my own. Nothing short of a fire could make me replace it. This is where I write.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Growing up in New England gave me an appreciation for the history of the area, especially the blend of cultures, the gorgeous changes of season, and my first love - the beach. I was fortunate to attend good schools, as well. My move to the South introduced me to a different, slower paced way of life. I have endured years of being labeled a "damn Yankee," being asked to speak s-l-o-w-l-y, and adapting to eating anything from a deep fryer. These and many more differences inspired me to write about being a transplant in the South. The material here is limitless. I do have to keep a low profile, in case the locals catch wind of my work, but I can outrun the best of them. Worst case scenario, I redirect their attention to something that is fighting for life beneath a puddle of gravy.
Do dumb people get on your nerves? Have you ever been horrified by the sight of folks in pajamas running around in public? Do deer heads and stuffed turkeys decorate your condo? If so, you are in good company, especially if you happen to be a Yankee transplant living in the South. From wacky neighbors and monster bugs, to pigs and polygamy, you'll laugh out loud.