As a woman used to traveling and living the high life in Bangkok, Leanne Shirtliffe recognized the constant fodder for humor while pregnant with twins in Asia’s sin city. Then she and her husband move to Calgary, and Shirtliffe soon finds herself officiating funerals for “Stripper Barbie” and giving kids heart-shaped rashes with the second-hand face paint she applies.
In Don’t Lick the Minivan, Shirtliffe captures the bizarre aspects of parenting in her edgy, honest voice. A delayed encounter with postpartum depression helps Shirtliffe to realize that even if she can’t teach her kids how to tie their shoelaces, she’s a good enough mom. Don’t Lick the Minivan will have parents laughing out loud. Shirtliffe’s memoir might not replace a therapist, but it is a lot cheaper.
Available May 22, 2013 at the following book retailers:
Congratulations to author Leanne Shirtliffe on her new novel, Don’t Lick the Minivan: Things I Never Thought I’d Say To My Kids!
Leanne, have a glass of virtual champagne and tell us about your new arrival!
My bouncing baby book, Don’t Lick the Minivan, could be described as a cross between Sh*t My Dad Says and Let’s Pretend That Never Happened. It’s a funny memoir of the first six years of raising twins.
What did you feed your muse during the book’s development?
I fed my muse gallons of chai tea latte, a respectable amount of red wine, heaps of peanut butter, and dark chocolate. Usually not at the same time.
Did you experience any complications during the growth of this book?
Many. (1) Making time to work on it. (2) Portraying my husband in a funny but not demeaning light. (3) Finding a narrative arc. (4) Eliminating a plethora of sentences that started with “So.”
What is your favorite feature of this book, and why?
A lot of my favorite features are the extras in my book, the items I hadn’t originally planned when I drafted and redrafted the manuscript: the world’s most useless index, the semi-facetious parenting tips, even the acknowledgements. These are the items that are freshest, that I didn’t go over 32 times.
Describe the perfect reader for this book.
My perfect reader is a mom aged 25-50 who orders complicated drinks at Starbucks and hides in the pantry to eat the good chocolate.
Are you expecting any more books (wink, wink)?
I have a number in the embryonic stages, including a funny memoir about growing up wild and free in the 70s and 80s. I’m expecting to make an announcement in the next month about another book in a slightly different genre.
Thanks, Leanne. We wish you much joy (and lots of sales!)
About the Author:
Leanne Shirtliffe is the author of DON’T LICK THE MINIVAN: Things I Never Thought I’d Say to My Kids. She’s also the mother of tween twins, a phrase that’s hard to say after two glasses of wine. She writes for the Huffington Post and Nickelodeon’s NickMom.com and has been published by The Christian Science Monitor, The Calgary Herald, and The Globe and Mail. When she’s not wasting brain cells tweeting, she teaches teens who are slightly less hormonal than she is. She lives in Calgary because she likes complaining about the weather.
Buy Leanne’s book. Money will go to support her children’s therapy. Or her own.
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