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
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
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!
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