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An interview with author Shauna Glenn

Shauna Glenn is a hilarious writer, and her second book (Relative Insanity) has just come out. I asked Shauna if she's do a Q&A for our readers here at  Daily Grommet and she was kind enough to sit down with us and dish.

I'd love to give you the chance to tell our readers where they can find you online. *I* know you're funny on a daily basis - it's only fair that we let everyone else in on the fun.

You can find me on my website, ShaunaGlenn.com

Or at AimingLow.com. And of course TheBadMomsClub.com

On Twitter I'm @shaunaglenn; and I'm on Facebook too (but only because my publicist is making me--please don't invite me to play Farmville)

Can you give our readers a quick synopsis of what Relative Insanity is about?

My latest book, Relative Insanity, is about a woman, Kate, who gives up her career to stay at home and raise her children. She definitely thought her life would amount to something other than being the resident nose wiper. Along the way she loses her identity and instead becomes some one's wife and mother. She's lost. She's unhappy. But she has no way of knowing what it is she wants or needs. Her family doesn't help. Her mother is not exactly the kind of traditional grandmother she was hoping she would be. Her mother in law is a religious fanatic who insists that Kate will one day become a minister. Usually when hearing this Kate chokes on her wine. Her husband, Tom, is a certified workaholic who seems less and less interested in her, leaving her feeling lonely and unwanted. In other words, Kate's a mess. But don't let this depressing synopsis fool you. This book is funny.

Here's what a few people are saying about Relative Insanity...

"From the title, I thought this was a book to help me deal with my brother's bi-polar disorder, because he's spiraling down very quickly and I needed immediate assistance. He's dead now, but man, this book was funny!" --Adam Heath Avitable, author of Avitable.com

"This book is good birth control. It will also make you laugh like hell. You should buy it because it's hard to find that kind of combination without a medical prescription." --Jenny Lawson, TheBloggess.com

"Shauna Glenn is from that rare breed of authors who can make you laugh until you cry even when she's writing about the most raw and visceral human emotions. Driven by heart and hilarity, RELATIVE INSANITY might just be Shauna's best novel yet." --Danny Evans, author of RAGE AGAINST THE MESHUGENAH

Writers often talk about their “muse.” What does your muse look/feel like?

I would say that my family feeds my overactive imagination and the stories just blossom from there. As you can probably guess, they're excited about this.

What did you find to be the hardest part of the writing process for the book?

The hardest part of the book writing process is finding the time and ignoring the distractions. I have to force myself to shut off things like THE INTERNET. Which, if you know me at all, is hard.

What did you find to be the best part of the writing process for the book?

The best part of the book writing process for me is typing two little words. The End.

This is your second novel (Congratulations!) - do you have plans to keep writing books? Is there a book #3 on the horizon?

I have more books in the works. I have one other completed manuscript called Good Mourning, but it's in the editing phase. I hope to finish it by 2015. I know that's a long way out there but there's nothing worse than having to rewrite sections of a book you swore you were finished writing. I would rather eat my own arm than edit a manuscript. But like everything else the Nazis invented, editing is an important, yet sucky, part of the writing process.

Also, I'm in the process of writing a non-fiction proposal. So we'll see what happens there. I'm sure my family can't wait to read that.

Thanks so much Shauna!

If you would like to win a copy of Relative Insanity, simply leave a comment on this post. We will randomly select one winner.

General contest rules: To enter, you must be a U. S. or Canadian resident, and at least 18 years of age and you must leave a comment or question on today’s post. No purchase necessary. The winner will be randomly selected and will receive the title above. Employees, contractors, and the families of employees and contractors of Daily Grommet, Inc. are not eligible to enter. You are not eligible to win if you have received a prize or giveaway from Daily Grommet in the last six months. Void where prohibited. Contest will run from 9:00 am PST September 20, 2010 to 10 pm PST September 21, 2010.


  • Mary B Fox Says:

    As an aspiring writer, it is really great to hear success stories! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!!

  • MommaKiss Says:

    Love me some Shauna Glenn. Great picture, too!!

  • Flight attendant Poole Says:

    Pick me! I need something to read on my next flight. ;)


  • Dawn Says:

    I need this book. Pretty please?

  • Jen R. Says:

    I really enjoyed her first book and am crossing fingers that I'll win this one! :)

  • Katrina Foat Says:

    I love Shauna!! <3 And I'm a broke college student so I would love a free copy!! :P

  • Annie Y Says:

    I love me some Shauna G!

  • Marcy Says:

    Seriously, I NEED this book. Potty training my little boy......I need an excape!!

  • Jessica Dougherty Says:

    I was wondering if this book reflects Shauna's own experience as a wife & mother.

  • Marcy Says:

    The misspelling of escape is on purpose, I know you hate when people misspell words, thought maybe it would help me stand out?

  • Shauna Glenn Says:

    Hey Jessica~

    I would say that the way I write DOES reflect my experiences as a wife and mother. But the events are purely fictional.

    And thank you all for your kind words. I wish all of you could win!

  • Chig232 Says:

    I love reading Shaunas blog and can't wait to read the book. She just seems to tell stories we can all relate to.

  • Melanie Cox Says:

    I must be related to Kate! We have the same mother-in-law!

  • John Davis Says:

    Still amazes me that the cute little Baylor girl that I know and love can be so creative and funny.

  • Celeste Says:

    I totally use Shauna as my therapy, with a glass of wine or two (wink) and would immediately stop reading Wicked Son of a Witch if I won a copy...I already have her other one ;)

  • Susan Says:

    Sounds like my life when I had a little one. Would love to read it.

  • Kristen Says:

    I love her! LOVE LOVE LOVE her. Can't wait to read it!

  • jaz Says:

    This book sounds hilarious and I'm always looking for a good laugh! I'd LOVE a copy!!!

  • If you see me and I try and eat you, please don’t be offended. I won’t want to three weeks from now. Says:

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  • Jodi Says:

    Pick me! Pick me! I'm 30 pages from the end of my current book - needing something new!

  • Daniele Says:

    I can't wait to read this book, it sounds exactly what I am going through right now. I left a job that I was very successful at and that I loved to become a SAHM when I got pregnant 2 years ago and now I have 2 little girls and I feel like I have lost my identity. I'm lucky to even get a shower in most days with a 2 year old and a 3 month old. I need some humor in my life and that is why I am a big fan of shaunaglenn.com. (I'm really not this depressing...seriously.)

  • Amber Says:

    I love Shauna's blog! I can't wait to get my hands on what I'm sure is a fantastic book!

  • tish Says:

    nose cleaning is a good job/profession

  • Rox Says:

    I love ShaunaGlenn.com, very good stuff.

  • Val Says:

    Oh pick me pick me! Shauna cracks me up daily!

  • Elaine Says:

    I need a copy so I can feel better about my own life :)

  • Michelle Says:

    I read Shauna everyday, she's hilarious. Having 4 children myself, I can relate to a lot of her blogs.

  • Kristina Says:

    So excited to see this giveaway and so hope I win. Otherwise I'll have to borrow this book from the library (after I pay off my fine).

  • Sharon O'Banion Says:

    This woman can write the world we all live in, and make it funny!! I can ALWAYS relate to every line on her blog, let alone her stories! She is truly one of a kind, the kind you want to keep reading and reading...Thanks for all you do and say!!

  • saraturner Says:

    I. Love. This. Lady! Her blogs are funny & usually hit close to home. Plus she's gorgeous (especially on the cover of that book!) <3

  • Terri Lobato Says:

    OMG - Shauna you are my hero! I can't get enough of your blog and am looking forward to reading your book. You ROCK - thanks for brightening my day every day!

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