Sunday, January 4, 2015

Featured Author: Brandi Haas

About the book:

Brandi Haas is no domestic goddess . . . but she’ll tell you that motherhood is probably the hardest gig in the universe: “The pay is horrible, the wardrobe is pathetic, and your boss (although utterly adorable) is usually a tyrant."

Brandi brings her trademark wit from the popular blog to this new collection, sharing stories of birthday party mayhem, mommy martyrdom, and snow shoveling majesty.
The setting is Anytown, USA, among barking dogs, picket fences, and eclectic neighbors.
Tales from Suburbia: You Don’t Have to Be Crazy to Live Here, but It Helps will make you laugh, warm your heart, and let you know you’re not alone. Mothers (and fathers) will recognize themselves, their children, and the absurd situations that family life brings to us all.

Interview with Brandi Haas

Brandi, tell us the story behind the title of your book.
Tales from Suburbia is the name of my blog and that’s what my stories are about: surviving the suburbs with a sense of humor.

Where’s home for you?

My family and I live in Kansas City, Missouri. I love the changing of the seasons, but I still loathe humidity!

I totally agree. Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Southern California with the mountains to the north of me and beaches to the west.

If you had $100 a week to spend on yourself, what would you buy?
I would buy books. I love reading and always have a stash of books on my nightstand just waiting for me to get a moment of peace to read.

What’s the dumbest purchase you’ve ever made?
I bought a blond curly wig once at the county fair when I was in my early twenties. I actually spent my grocery money on it. Man, those people at the fair can convince you to buy anything!

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned?
To be grateful for what I have, not sad about what I don’t have.

Have you been in any natural disasters?
I was born and raised in California—I have been in many earthquakes even a few big ones. Earthquakes never frightened me until I had my daughter, then they terrified me.

What’s one thing that you wish you knew as a teenager that you know now?
I wish I had known how to love myself. I never did as a teenager, but I absolutely love myself and who I am now as an adult.

What book are you currently reading and in what format (e-book/paperback/hardcover)?
I am finishing the Insignia series by SJ Kincaid in hardcover. I love flipping pages!

What are you working on now?
I’m working on the sequel to Tales from Suburbia. More tales of suburban nonsense!

About the author:

Brandi Haas is a former high school English teacher turned stay-at-home mom. Born and raised in California, she now lives in Missouri with her husband, daughter, and their dog, The WonderMutt. She is consistently inconsistent about her weight and age because, really, it’s no one’s business anyway. She sees humor in everything and began writing stories about her life as a way to share her insanity with the world.

Connect with Brandi:

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