Aurora talks to Stacey Gustafson
What inspires me to write?
As my kids started to grow up and out, I filled the void with writing. It felt good to share my humorous take on kids, husbands, parents and everything in between. I want readers to know that they’re not alone with daily struggles like the dreaded parent-teacher conference, holiday chaos, or aging parents. This has happened to me too. You can laugh it off.
What does your writing space look like?
My current space is a drastic improvement from the kitchen table. It’s spacious with plenty of drawers for filing. It gets pretty messy throughout the day, papers scattered in piles across the desktop and floor. Each evening, I tidy up and file notes, shed papers, and put away the odds and ends of the day. A clean, organized workspace gets me prepared to start fresh the next morning. Did you notice the sculpture of the woman holding her head? I made that to represent my daily journey.
Tell us a little about your books.
Are You Kidding Me? My Life With An Extremely Loud Family, Bathroom Calamities, and Crazy Relatives is a sneak peek into the topsy-turvy world of suburban motherhood, midlife madness, and all the points in between. Are You Still Kidding Me? captures the everyday moments of life, from toddlers and teens to empty nesters also but more focused on preteens and beyond. My second book grew up a little like me. Both bring the funny of everyday situations to life in a relatable way.
What do you like to do to unwind?
After writing, I relax by watching hours of comedy sitcoms like Black-ish, The Kids Are Alright, Modern Family, and The Goldbergs. When I’m not thinking about comedy and want to completely disappear, I devour psychological thrillers, like The Woman in the Window or Gone Girl. I love a twisty book that you can’t put down with a woman as the main character.
What would be your message to your readers?
When I share my work, people laugh and can relate. Does your husband need to be reminded each week to take out the trash? Do your kids complain about your fashion sense? Do the holidays cause you to overdose on Maalox? Then you’re just like me. I write recognizable stories that parents, especially moms, can relate to. I want you to know I feel your pain and I’ve been there too. As the old saying goes, “Life is better when you’re laughing.”
Follow Stacey below:
Are You Kidding Me? My Life with an Extremely Loud Family, Bathroom Calamities, and Crazy Relatives http://amzn.to/1j1zpQY
Are You Still Kidding Me? https://amzn.to/2w81huR
Amazon Author page: https://amzn.to/2R8fepq