An Interview with Brandi Haas
Brandi Haas visits my website today to answer some of my questions! Thanks for stopping by, Brandi! Tell us a little about yourself. My name is Brandi Haas and I am a stay-at-home mommy who loves writing about her adventures in suburbia. I love laughing, especially at myself.
Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your newest book? If you are a parent or grandparent, you know the trials of raising kids and trying to fit in with the PTA. My book is a humorous look at the world of parenting that will make you laugh and let you know you are not alone in the insanity.
How many books have you written? This is my first book—my baby. It’s a collection of hilarious and heart-warming stories about parenting.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”? I think I wanted to be a nurse, but I tend to faint at the sight of blood, so that idea was short-lived. But I have always loved writing so I think deep down I always knew I would be a writer.
When did you know that writing was for you? In second grade, I began writing these short funny stories about what was happening in class. I would bring them home for my mom to read and she would laugh hysterically. I knew then that I like making people laugh with what I wrote.
Do you have a current work in progress? I am working on the sequel to my book—more short stories about surviving the suburbs.
Are any of your characters based on real people? The main character in my book is me. I have really put myself out there but one of the easiest things for me to do is to laugh at myself. I thought I might as well share my life in these stories and let everyone else laugh along with me.
What is the hardest part of writing for you? I think the hardest part for me is just getting settled in to write. I tend to walk around the house looking for chores to do before I finally settle down and actually write.
When you aren’t working and writing, what else do you like to do? I love reading and just spending time with my husband and daughter.
What’s a good book that you’ve read recently? Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi. What an amazing trilogy!
Is there any advice you would give to aspiring writers out there? Keep at it. Good writers write and good writers also read. Read everything you can and don’t be afraid to let what you read affect your writing. Enjoy the process.
Brandi is giving away 4 ebooks of her book!
About the Book:
Tales from Suburbia: You Don’t Have to Be Crazy to Live Here, but It Helps
Print Length: 209 pages
Publisher: Cup of Tea Books, an imprint of PageSpring Publishing (December 1, 2014)
Brandi Haas is no domestic goddess . . . but she’ll tell you that motherhood is probably the hardest gig in the universe: “The pay is horrible, the wardrobe is pathetic, and your boss (although utterly adorable) is usually a tyrant.”
Brandi brings her trademark wit from the popular blog to this new collection, sharing stories of birthday party mayhem, mommy martyrdom, and snow shoveling majesty.
The setting is Anytown, USA, among barking dogs, picket fences, and eclectic neighbors.
Tales from Suburbia: You Don’t Have to Be Crazy to Live Here, but It Helps will make you laugh, warm your heart, and let you know you’re not alone. Mothers (and fathers) will recognize themselves, their children, and the absurd situations that family life brings to us all.
Brandi Haas is a former high school English teacher turned stay-at-home mom. Born and raised in California, she now lives in Missouri with her husband, daughter, and their dog, The WonderMutt. She is consistently inconsistent about her weight and age because, really, it’s no one’s business anyway. She sees humor in everything and began writing stories about her life as way to share her insanity with the world.