Today we shall meet the author of the How to raise a smartass?
Welcome to the virtual tete a tete
How did you pick the subject of your book?
I think anyone’s who’s dealt with small children knows how funny and exasperating they can be at the same time. They are incredibly literal, and yet they try to parrot all that you do.
For instance, the other day my three-year-old came into my office from helping my husband cook dinner and and dutifully told me, “Daddy says he needs a beer while he grills.”
Five minutes later she came back to inform me: “I need a juice box to help daddy grill.”
2. How did you overcome the challenges of writing about a baby?
Getting up at 1 a.m. to feed is pretty crazy. Thankfully the baby won’t tell on me when I get into the Reese’s Puffs at that hour for a snack.
In all seriousness though, I think there aren’t many books about small children because of the logistical difficulty of portraying their thoughts. But even though they are nonverbal, babies can still be some of the most fascinating characters if you take the time to consider their curiosity and emotions.
3. What kinds of books do you like to read?
I think the ideal book is enjoyable and helps you learn a little something, too. This year I did a “Goodreads” challenge to read a book a week, and I’m glad I did. In the past several months I’ve taken a tour through Europe (via Dan Brown’s “Inferno,”) learned ways to keep my mind active (Ken Kosik’s “Outsmarting Alzheimer’s,”) and explored the mysteries of mechanics (via Randall Munroe’s “Thing Explainer.”)
4. If you could meet a famous person in history, who would it be?
I would love to see Mother Teresa of Kolkata. I just watched her whole canonization mass. I think she has inspired so many women to take the lead in helping others.
5. What is your next project?
He is cuddling on my chest right now as I type this. Right now I am adjusting to life with a new baby but once we get into a routine I look forward to searching for a new project.
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