Relationships + Writing = WOW!

I have this funny kind of writing relationship with my mother. I write about my mom…and she doesn’t think it’s funny.

Oh, lots of other people do. People like editors buy my funny essays and publish them in books or newspapers or magazines. But the one time I shared a humorous published story about mother dear, she wasn’t very dear at all.

It started out well enough. She laughed a bit at the beginning of my mother-daughter tale. She thought it was funny when I poked fun at my foibles. But somewhere between the middle of the story and the point where I explained how I’d learned everything I (didn’t) know from my mom, things turned a bit dicey.

So, if you ever come across anything I’ve written, and Mom’s in the piece, I hope you’ll laugh–and love my funny mom as much as I do. But don’t mention it to her, huh? ‘Cause when it comes to my writing about Mom and putting it out there for all the world to see…well, mum’s the word.

What’s my Mother-Daughter writing relationship have to do with anything today? So glad you asked! Today I’m participating in a mass blogging! WOW! Women on Writing has gathered a group of blogging buddies to write about family relationships. Why family relationships? We’re celebrating the release of Therese Walsh’s debut novel today. The Last Will Of Moira Leahy (Random House, October 13, 2009) is about a mysterious journey that helps a woman learn more about herself and her twin, whom she lost when they were teenagers. Visit the Muffin to read what Therese has to say about family relationships and view the list of all my blogging buddies. And make sure you visit Therese’s website ( to find out more about the author.

Therese, by the way, is the co-founder of Writer Unboxed, a blog for writers about the craft and business of genre fiction. I’ve learned an awful lot about writing from Therese and her cohorts on that blog. I didn’t learn the trick to writing about a mom, I guess. But I did learn that to get published, one must write and write and write some more. And then one day, your finely-written debut novel can be the subject of a mass book blogging! (Warmest congrats to Therese Walsh on The Last Will of Moira Leahy!)

9 thoughts on “Relationships + Writing = WOW!

  1. I have the same problem with my children. Readers think the essays are hysterical. My kids(with all their antics exposed to the world)are not as thrilled.

  2. Hi, Cathy!First, we have the same duck in our garden…it was my Mom's.Second, I know exactly what you mean…my Mom didn't like it when I wrote about her unless I wrote a very serious piece extolling her virtues. If it was funny, I didn't show it to her.God willing, I have a better sense of humor and won't be upset if my girls ever write about me.Peace, Linda

  3. When I was little, my father wrote a weekly column for a major newspaper. It was all about our family's life. We lived in a housing project but in his column we had a house with a yard and a lawnmower and everything. It confused me terribly but probably really ticked my mother off! cher

  4. Cher,Wow, your mom must have been a saint! (It kinda explains, though, why you have such a great, slightly warped sense of humor :-)Donna,Aren't you doing a blog tour with Therese? And, (please, pretty please) will you be giving her book away? 🙂

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