Sunday 10th July 2016
I am unbelievably excited that I have the one and only Unmumsy Mum featuring on my blog today! Argh! Sarah Turner is the author of Sunday Times No. 1 Bestseller The Unmumsy Mum, derived from her award winning blog ‘The Unmumsy Mum’.
Hi Sarah (or Unmumsy Mum – can I call you that? What do you prefer?! Sorry just super excited to have you here!)
Haha! Lady Unmumsy of Mums please. Just kidding, Sarah’s fine.
You describe your blog as a collection of honest outpourings about life as a mum. I was a mum-to-be when I started reading your blog and it was so refreshing to read something that wasn’t sugar coated and well, just real life. What made you decide to voice your motherhood experience on a blog?
Thank you! The slightly airbrushed accounts of parenthood had left me feeling a bit rubbish, like perhaps I wasn’t up to the job, so the blog was really my way of documenting that feeling and hoping (with everything crossed) that others were feeling the same. It turned out they were – in their thousands! – and aside from follower numbers and blog hits and the all the other madness that came with it, the on-going feeling of reassurance that I’m not alone has been the single best consequence of pressing submit on that very first post!
How did you juggle motherhood and writing your book? For all the mothers who write or want to write out there, please let us in on your secret …
I wish I could tell you that there is a magic formula but the truth is ‘juggle’ is exactly the right word. I didn’t always juggle successfully either, some months I felt like I was letting the boys down by not giving them my full attention and other months I felt like I was letting my publishing team down by missing deadlines. The whole process involved a lot of late nights, copious amounts of prosecco and a few tears. It was hard work. That said, it was definitely the most fun I have ever had while working hard.
When you have time (!) to read (or should I re-phrase this to what did you read in your pre-unmumsy days?) Who are your favourite authors?
I do try to read but it has definitely fallen by the wayside since I started writing my own! The last book I read was The Girl on the Train and before that I was sent a proof copy (author perks!) of A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart which explores the relationship of a dad and his autistic son. It was brilliant, actually. One to watch.
How did you start writing? Was there a particular book or moment in your life that spurned you on?
Not a moment as such but it was probably just my dad, who is a (now retired) English teacher. I always loved writing stories when I was little and my dad’s encouragement played a massive part in that. I kept diaries for years, so writing has always been part of my life. I think blogging is an extension of that.
Where is your best ‘writing space’; the place where you feel comfortably locked away from the world (if you can with small people around!) and are able to let your creative juices flow?
Interestingly (or annoyingly, whichever way you look at it!) I don’t actually have a desk. With no spare room/office and the boys’ rooms full to bursting I just haven’t ever claimed a workspace as my own. However, I did write quite a lot of my first book at Exeter library and I feel relaxed there. Otherwise, I write on my lap in front of the telly. Not very glamorous I’m afraid!
And finally, tell us an interesting fact about yourself that not many people know
Oh god, I’m useless at these. I never know what sort of fact I’m supposed to provide. That I have a phobia of sharks? That I have terrible eyesight? Actually, a more interesting fact that not many people know is that I was a helpline volunteer for a rape and sexual violence charity for two years. It’s not something that comes up in day-to-day conversation but if I ever get the chance to shout about it I do, because the work undertaken by such charities (alongside the inspiring stories of the survivors themselves) is pretty incredible.
Thank you for being here today Sarah and best of luck with the book.
Pleasure. Thanks for having me.
If you’re one of the few that haven’t read Sarah’s blog or book, check them out here …
Love Missuswolf xxx