You have just released your newest book, Are You Still Kidding Me? What was the inspiration for this collection of 45 stories?
My family is my biggest inspiration for writing Are You Still Kidding Me? It’s my heartwarming sequel to #1 Amazon bestseller Are You Kidding Me? My Life with an Extremely Loud Family, Bathroom Calamities, and Crazy Relatives. It tackles the foibles of modern family life—from toddlers and teens to empty nesters—with wry wit and plenty of humor.
As my kids started to grow up and out, I filled the void with writing. I bundled up all my frustrations and oozed them out onto paper, one pain-in-the-ass problem at a time, and it felt good. When I share my work, people laugh and can relate to my humorous take on kids, husbands, parents, and everything in between.
What topics do you tackle that my readers will find particularly relevant to their lives?
Dealing with Older Children
Parenting Your Parents
You are a comedian. What is the role humor can play as we tackle the many challenges of “life in the middle”?
For me, writing has been my way of expression and stand-up is a new opportunity to push myself further and share humor with others.
It bonds people together.
It manages stress and anxiety.
It helps resolve conflict.
It boosts morale.
It benefits circulation, lungs, muscles.
It helps people deal with pain and physical adversary.
It helps ease tension and anxiety to promote a bond.
It can lower your blood pressure.
And… What’s the one quality people always want in a mate? A sense of humor.
Stacey Gustafson is the bestselling author of Are You Kidding Me? My Life with an Extremely Loud Family, Bathroom Calamities, and Crazy Relatives, ranked #1 Amazon in Parenting & Family Humor and Motherhood. She’s also an inspirational speaker, blogger and comedian. Her short stories have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul and other in print and online publications. She’s won Best Comic of the Month at Tommy T’s Comedy Club and performs stand-up throughout the East Bay. Her next book, Are You Still Kidding Me? was released September 2018. She lives in Pleasanton, CA.