I’m honored to have been named Humor Writer of the Month at the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop
Nice plug for the book and a link to pre-orders!
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Told over two summers three years apart, Is That The Shirt You’re Wearing? is a collection of Kristen Hansen Brakeman’s funny and poignant essays about her life and family. From a laugh-out-loud debate with her potty-mouthed first grader to the hazards of shopping in an overly perfumed clothing store with her tween, to helping her husband cope with his diagnosis of prostate cancer, Brakeman tackles it all with wit and humor.
While trying to be both wonder-mom to her three kids and dutiful daughter to her aging and ailing mother, she realizes that time with her family is indeed precious. Then, with the sudden passing of her in-laws and the inheritance of their stinky, one-eyed dog, she is propelled to savor every second as her eldest daughter leaves for college.
Throughout it all, Brakeman makes us laughs and provides insight into the ups and downs of modern family life.
I’m very excited to announce that I sold my book to Tidal Press and it will be traditionally published in May/June of 2017!!!!
The book is a collection of comic essays, a few you might have read here plus many brand new ones never before seen!
Between the essays are updates on my life that take place over two summers: the first, when I’m stuck smack in the middle of my mother/daughter sandwich and wanting to please everyone yet satisfying no one, and the second, three years later when I’m trying to savor every last freaking minute before my eldest leaves for college and consequently rips my beating heart from my chest and stomps on it with her expensive Doc Marten boots (metaphorically speaking of course).
The title – well that’s still up for debate. All ideas are welcome! Probably the title should have something to do with summer. Something catchy and funny that makes people want to buy a copy instantly. That’s all I require.
If you’d like to leave your email address in the comments, I’ll be sure to send you a note when the book is released.
Thanks for everyone’s encouragement over the years. So many of you have been so kind and supportive. I truly appreciate it.
More details and updates to come!
My Contractor Satire piece is in the Huffington Post Comedy section – Likes and comments on HuffPo are welcome!
Here’s a link “A Letter to My Contractor (Please, Please Call Me Back)”
And, advanced reader copies are now available for the upcoming anthology “Martinis & Motherhood: Tales of Wonder, Woe & WTF,” where I’ll be featured in the “WOE” section. Yes, woe is me.
The publisher has allowed me (3) three copies so if anyone wishes to receive and write a review on Amazon, please contact me at email@example.com, or leave a comment below.
I wrote a picture book!
It’s a counting book with fun rhymes and cute and funny illustrations by my very talented niece, Natalie Berger, who has a Fine Arts degree in Illustration.
For those of you with tiny tots, or who perhaps need a little refresher on your own 1-10’s, it’s a steal at $2.99!
It’s only on Kindle for now, but later, who knows?
Reviews are also welcome – thank you!