When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I always knew I wanted to write this story. Life was simply too chaotic and hilarious for it not to be something people would enjoy. I was, and am, a chaos magnet. It started when I was a seven month fetus and Mama rammed Daddy’s Cadillac at Buff Chapman’s Texaco because he had another woman with him. I was cheering Mama on, “Git him, Mama, git him!” From that moment till today, 63 years later, the chaos never stopped. Not once. This was funny stuff and I knew people would enjoy it. I wanted to make them laugh and get to know me.
Where do your ideas come from?
The ideas came from my inheriting my Mama’s sense of humor. She made fun of everything and she fought back with humor. I have a tendency to take adversity, spin it on its axis, slam the door on it and walk away; laughing. Many, many times that happened over my lifetime. Even I think they are incredibly funny stories although I’ve told them over and over.
What surprising things did you learn while writing this book?
Mostly I was surprised at how funny I thought it all was. You know, sometimes when life is getting you down, you don’t find it funny. When you have everything, then lose it, it’s hard to laugh about it. But, give me a couple of weeks and I will have you falling of your chair. Guaranteed. I erased my own pain in a sense. My life was a disaster, but a damn funny one.
I was also surprised at the response. The enormous positive response. I never expected that. Never. When people tell you that your book ought to be on Oprah, you know it will never happen, but the fact that they thought it makes you warm all over. One reader said it should be a movie? I should play myself? They thought I was that unique! So very cool.
Who will enjoy and benefit from reading this book?
People who will enjoy this book know how to laugh or need a good one. Women of all ages have responded with their positive guns a-blazing. Right now, my readers range from 18 -68; both sexes. Men are a little taken aback because I was a tom-boy and I learned to speak to men straight out. No games; with arrows to their heart. Some men need a good scrubbing and I scrub ’em.