Kristen Chase is the blogger behind the popular site Motherhood Uncensored. I have had the pleasure of meeting Kristen in person and can testify to the fact that she is just as charming and funny in real life as she is on the Internet. Her personal website morphed into a column, a radio show and now a book about, well, sex. While the tagline reads, "A no-surrender advice books for naughty Moms", this book can be used by anyone who is looking to spice things up a little.
With Valentine's Day fast approaching we thought it would be great to highlight "The Mominatrix" and Kristen has offered us a signed copy to give away. Details of the giveaway are at the bottom of the post.
I sent Kristen some questions to help us all get to know her a little better and here is what she had to say:
How did the Mominatrix come about?
The Mominatrix is the brilliant brain child of Prescott and Jessica Carlson from ImperfectParent.com, who asked me to write a sex column for moms a couple of years ago based on my own ramblings at Motherhood Uncensored, my personal blog. I pitched them a few really lame names and Jessica actually came up with the name "Mominatrix" and my leather clad alter ego was born.
What did you find to be the hardest part of the writing process for the book?
Aside from the fact that I was hugely pregnant and then immediately post partum (which to me are probably the least sexy times in my life and thus not the greatest time to be writing a sex-help book), I was accustomed to having feedback from readers and commenters on my blog. So writing what I hoped was a funny book without anyone to really tell the jokes to was a little disconcerting. I remember turning in my manuscript and hoping that what I wrote was indeed funny to someone other than me.
What did you find to be the best part of the writing process for the book?
As a blogger whose medium is usually limited to 400-500 word snippets, I loved being able to write in longer chunks. Ironically, I found this to be quite a challenge at the time, but in retrospect, it was something for which I was extremely grateful. Plus, I have to be honest. It's fun to tell people you're writing a book.
Was there any point in writing the book where you felt overwhelmed or has it been gangbusters from Day One?
I think most authors would say that at one point in time they asked themselves "Why the heck did I decide to do this?" It's a cocktail of anxiety, overwhelm, and an indescribable joy, though, and one that I'm still drinking as the book gets into the hands of the masses.
Do you have a favorite chapter? If you could tell people to read one chapter, which one would it be?
Oddly enough (since I'm not a single mom), I absolutely love the chapter I wrote for single moms, which was based on interviews with two of my favorite single moms out there - Jennster and Kristin Darzugas. I also received invaluable feedback from single moms on Twitter, which apparently is the book author's new fantastic research tool. Even if you're not a single mom, I think you'll still get a chuckle out of it. And a funny back story, I joined e-Harmony to do some research for it and to this day, my husband still holds that over my head after seeing some email notifcations and wondering what the heck I was doing.
Now that the book has been out for awhile, and you're on the other (Published) side of it, is it anything at all like you thought it might be?
It's definitely been the roller coaster ride I expected. You get on, scream the entire way and wonder why the heck you decided to get on, and then by the end, you've got your hands up in the air and you're ready for another round.
What is coming up next for the Mominatrix?
She's definitely got a few exciting developments on the horizon. But she's a tease and doesn't give it up that easily.
And for those of you who would like a (Signed!) copy of Kristen's book, here are the rules:
General contest rules: To enter, you must be a U. S. resident, and at least 18 years of age and you must leave a comment or question for Kristen. No purchase necessary. The winner will be randomly selected and will receive a copy of the book "The Mominatrix." 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 9am EST through 10pm EST January 27, 2010.