Hello everyone, so nice to see you all again.
Today in the Author Interviews Series, we have an extremely funny and witty lady in the hot seat tonight, as we speak to author Marcia Kester Doyle about her life, her loving family, the crazy escapades they get up to and what motivates her as a writer.
Prepare for a recipe filled to the brim with lashings of warmth, humour, fun and even a little dash of pathos too – it’s time to get stuck in.
Hi there Marcia, thank you for being our guest over here today.
Firstly let’s start with your book “Who Stole My Spandex?” I’m sure the questions on everyone’s lips are “Did you find the culprit?” and “What did you do to them?” 🙂 Please tell us more about this book, your blog Menopausal Mother and how you picked the stories to write it.
I never did find that missing pair of spandex shorts. I’m pretty certain my pug got ahold of them. He eats everything. As for my book, I have that safely out of the dog’s reach. “Who Stole My Spandex?” is a compilation of humorous stories that originally came from my blog, Menopausal Mother, and were adapted and edited into book form. It contains tales from my madcap world of menopausal pitfalls, wardrobe malfunctions, and a family full of pranksters. From couples’ colonoscopies to nightmare holidays, no topic—no matter how crazy or unimaginable—-is off limits.
You are also a contributing author to several other collections that use humor to deal with difficult situations with your fellow mothers including grieving and mental illness. Tell us more about your contributions to these particular collections and the concepts behind them.
I’m always thrilled and feel quite honored when I’m invited to participate in themed anthologies. It’s humbling to be included in a collection with authors I’ve secretly admired for years. As much as I love the humor anthologies, my favorites are actually the ones that are written specifically to help others cope with difficult situations in life, such as the grieving parents in “Sunshine After The Storm”, and the anthology “Surviving Mental Illness Through Humor”, which helped dispel the stigma of mental illness. I believe that it’s important to address these issues on every platform possible to bring awareness for those in need of compassion and understanding.
What do you find the most difficult thing about writing? And what do you find the easiest?
It’s difficult for me to stick to a schedule in my writing. I know several authors who start early in the morning and only take one break before calling it a day at 5:00. I need to write whenever the muse strikes, which sometimes occurs at 3:00 a.m. Or when I’m in the middle of my shower. Another difficult aspect of writing for me is the dreaded “Writer’s Block.” When my brain is cluttered with real life problems, it’s hard to create humor if my heart isn’t into it.
The easiest part of my writing procedure occurs when I’m inspired by something I’ve experienced (especially if it’s funny) and I know at that very moment exactly how I want to shape it into a story. A favorite tale of mine in the Spandex book is the one about my colonoscopy. I wrote it on scrap paper right after the procedure was performed and finished it within an hour.
Who are some of the authors in general that inspire you?
Above all, Erma Bombeck has been my biggest inspiration. She changed the world with her special brand of “housewife humor.” Dave Barry is another favorite but I also enjoy the dark humor of Jenny Lawson.
What sort of research do you do to write your books?
You mean other than Ask.com?? I don’t do much research since most of what I write is based on personal experience. If I need to back up a story with facts, I Google just about everything. Hey, if its on the the internet, it must be TRUE, right??
Why do you write? What inspired you to become a writer?
I was a shy child and kept my thoughts to myself, except when it came to writing. It was the only outlet I had for expressing all the emotions I kept bottled up inside. I started journaling at a very young age, and knew by the time I turned thirteen that I wanted to be a writer. I wrote off and on for many years (mostly poetry), but put it aside once I started a family. It wasn’t until the death of my father and my sister that I decided to write again. They were both very supportive of my career and wanted me to return to writing once my children were older. They loved the funny stories I shared with them about my family life and encouraged me to consider publishing them. Shortly before their deaths, I promised them I would write a humor book about my family. Spandex was written in honor of them.
What keeps you motivated during creative slumps? How do you deal with Writers Block?
I deal with Writers Block by eating an inordinate amount of chocolate (yes, I really do keep an emergency stash of chocolate in my desk drawer at all times). Seriously though, this is a tough one for me to answer because I’m currently in the throes of a lengthy bout of Writers Block. My mother was incredibly supportive of my writing endeavors, but she passed away five months ago. She always cheered me on when I felt like my writing wasn’t up to par and brainstormed with me when I needed fresh ideas. She also did much of my editing once a story was completed. I’m finding that it’s harder to bounce back now that I’ve lost my biggest fan, and whatever success comes my way feels bittersweet since she’s not here to share it with me. What seems to be helping me break through my Writers Block is reading blogs and books by other humorists who inspire me. So far, it’s the best remedy I’ve found for getting through creative slumps.
How do you spend your free time when you are not writing?
I LOVE Zumba, and attend classes five times a week (I have no choice due to the amount of chocolate I consume). I also enjoy playing with my two pugs (Brewski and Savi), hosting big family dinner parties and sipping on a nice glass of pino grigio with my husband in our beautiful backyard oasis.
Tell us more about your upcoming projects. Are you working on anything specific or have plans in the pipeline?
I plan on submitting more articles to larger sites for better exposure, but ultimately, my goal is to complete my second book, a memoir, which is going to be quite a bit different than my Spandex book.
Finally, are there any nuggets of wisdom that you can impart to other aspiring writers?
Set realistic goals for yourself and never, EVER compare the success of others against your own. These types of comparisons can eat away at your self confidence. Stay true to your own voice and write what you know. Get involved in writer’s groups and keep an active profile on social media whether your goal is to promote your latest book or to just increase traffic to your website. If writing is truly your passion, stick with it even when you feel like quitting. Dreams are worth fighting for, and success would not be as sweet if you didn’t struggle along the way.
And that’s a wrap!
Marcia Kester Doyle is the author of the humor book, “Who Stole My Spandex?” and the voice behind the midlife blog, “Menopausal Mother.” Her work has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Country Living, House Beautiful, Woman’s Day, The Huffington Post and Scary Mommy, among others. Marcia lives in sunny south Florida with her husband, four children, one feisty granddaughter and two chunky pugs.
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