Monday, March 16, 2015

Interview with Humorous Author Kersten Campbell

Kersten Campbell is the author of two motherhood humor books, “Confessions of a Completely Insane Mother” and “Don’t put lipstick on the Cat.” She lives in Washington with her husband, five children, a wary cat, and a dog who is smarter than all of them. She also enjoys writing freelance articles supporting motherhood and families.

Welcome back to my blog, Kersten. Please tell us about your new book.

Thank you! “Don’t Put Lipstick on the Cat” is a compilation of humorous essays about motherhood and raising a family. From finding underwear in the freezer, to cleaning spaghetti off your pets, life is full of interesting moments. As a mother, there are times when life just doesn’t go the way you expect, and sometimes you just have to laugh and enjoy the wild ride of being a parent.

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

The idea began years ago, when I noticed many mothers feeling inferior and comparing themselves to each other. I thought: someone needs to write a book about what it’s “really” like in a perfect home. I thought humor would be the best way to do this.

You are right. Listing humorous situations can make a mother feel as if her child is no different from others. What kind of research did you do for this book?

Well, they are all stories based on true happenings within my own family, so I guess you can say my children were the research. But I also researched how to write humor, which is not as easy or as intuitive as you think. There is a real science to it.

You love to write humorous stories. What intrigues you most about writing this genre?

I like to make people laugh. I think it’s healing. It brings life into the proper perspective. Life is stressful when you take yourself too seriously. If you can laugh about life’s ups and downs, your life will be a lot richer.

I love to laugh and this book sounds like a fun one to read. Thank you so much for this wonderful interview, Kersten. Where can my readers find you online?

I have a humor blog called, “Life on the Funny Farm,” and a more serious parenting blog called, “A Passion for Parenting.” My author website is

Don't forget to stop by often because I have a new interview and book giveaway every week.


Anne said...

Sounds fun. While I never put spaghetti sauce or lipstick on my cats, I did give our cat a haircut when I was a small kid.

Shirley said...

This book sounds like a real hoot. Being the mother of five I can so relate to the spaghetti-on-the-pet moments.

Nancy said...

This sounds fun, for a parent to read. I only raised 2, but there are stories there that don't seem so fun when they are happening but going back, we can laugh. Especially now that one son has three of his own.

Nancy said...

My email is

Sonja said...

Would love to read this! It sounds so fun! sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

smiles said...

I love seeing/reading things with kids. They can be hilarious or creepy or accidentally inappropriate. That lack of a filter is amazing!
(email's in blogger profile)

Videoclimber said...

We love all of our pets. This sounds like a funny read.
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Linda Kish said...

This sounds like such fun. I'd love to read it.

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Mutti said...

Sounds like it would be a book I would love to read. Thank you!

Jan Lee said...

I don't have children, however I have worked in daycares and preschools so I have seen the antics, err ummm, activities of children, lol. I enjoy comedy and humor so I'd love to read this book. :) email: sarahpluto222(at)gmail(dot)com

Judy said...

This really looks like a very good read done in humor.


Erin Cataldi said...

Sounds pretty funny. Anything with motherhood or cats and I am suckered in :)

Diane Elizabeth said...

This sounds like a great book. I never put lipstick on a cat, but I did put blue mascara on my cats whiskers when I was a child.

amanda whitley said...

i love her inspiration for writing this book. i hate that moms feel like mothering is some kind of competition and put on a front. heavensent1988 at yahoo dot com

Unknown said...

This book sounds hilarious! It made me think of the time my dad couldn't find his glasses. He searched all over the house for hours and finally gave up. Later, my mom opened the refrigerator drawer to get something out and there they were! Lol.

Unknown said...

I forgot to leave my email for the giveaway. Sorry about that. My email address is
Thanks! :)

Linda Weaver Clarke said...

Congratulations, Shirley Strait! You are the winner of this wonderful book. I know you'll enjoy it.