Author Interview: Kerri Sackville

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If you want a book that will have you laughing out loud, the newly released “When My Husband Does the Dishes” is the book for you.

Written by Kerri Sackville, a popular blogger, wife and mother – she stopped by so we could get to know her a little better:

B&L: What made you decide to write the book “When My Husband Does the Dishes”?

Kerri: So much is written about falling in love and walking off into the sunset together, or about infidelity and breaking up. But what about all the stuff in the middle?

I wanted to write about love in real life – what it’s like to have sex with the same person for 100 years, what it’s like to argue over finances and child raising and boxer shorts on the floor, what it’s like to be a totally imperfect parent to gorgeous but imperfect kids.

Mainly, I wanted other women to be able to feel better about their own challenges by laughing at mine!

B&L: What kind of woman would is the book aimed at?

Kerri: Every woman. Women who are deep in the midst of marriage and child raising. Women who have been married, or have survived small kids, and have come out the other side.

Women who are contemplating having a family one day. Read it and relate, read it and remember, or read it and be warned!

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B&L: Tell us a little bit about your writing background….

Kerri: I started freelance writing after my second child was born and was published in various newspapers and parenting magazines.

Then in 2009 I discovered Twitter, and shortly afterwards discovered blogging, and began That went so well that nine months later I started writing When My Husband Does The Dishes….

B&L: Does your husband actually do the dishes?

Kerri: Yes, either when I’ve neglected to do so for so long that he can’t find a plate, or when he’s *cough* trying to hurry me up to bed….

B&L: What does he think about the book?

Kerri: He’s very proud of me. He is also fairly resigned to the fact that the entire world can read all about our sex life.

B&L: Who are your other favourite authors right now?

Kerri: Hard to say!

But a couple of my favourite recent novels are ‘I Came To Say Goodbye’, by Caroline Overington, and ‘Room’ by Emma Donoghue. I also read a lot of non-fiction and I adore David Sedaris (who is possibly the funniest author alive) and Malcolm Gladwell (who is the cleverest).

B&L: And your favourite book of all time???

Kerri: Garp, by John Irving. I can practically recite sections of it. Especially some of the more salacious sections. Is that odd?

B&L: What is your best piece of motherly advice?

Kerri: My advice to other mums is:

Don’t think you can control everything, because you can’t. Don’t think you can be the perfect parent, because there’s no such thing. Just stumble along and do your best. That’s all any of us can do.

My advice to kids:

Be yourself, and be proud of who you are, because you are perfect with all your quirks and imperfections.

B&L: What is a funny fact about Kerri Sackville that we wouldn’t know?

Kerri: I have a morbid fear of having food stuck between my teeth in public. I carry a mirror with me at all times. And toothpicks. But that’s normal, right?

B&L: What’s next for Kerri Sackville?

Kerri: I’m continuing to blog, I’ve started writing my next book, and I’m open to all possibilities (other than becoming a supermodel. I think it’s time to let that dream die).

B&L: What does being a woman mean to you?

Kerri: Juggling. Trying to keep all the balls in the air – kids, work, husband, friends, household, self….. it’s endless and it’s exhausting. And you never have enough time for anything. But I wouldn’t be a man for quids.

How on EARTH do they walk around with those things?

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