Cuppa and a Catch-Up – An Author Interview with … none other than the super fab ‘The Unmumsy Mum’ – Sarah Turner (eeek!)

Sunday 10th July 2016

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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’.



 

 

Sarah Turner pic 2 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!

Sarah Turner picHow 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. 

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Me making Mat Leave look glam – faking the ‘supermum’ (washing on the line and reading in the garden, everything’s under control blah blah) that Lady Unmumsy talks about in her book. If this pic had audio there’d be a wailing baby and I’d be swearing under my breath.

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 …

Theunmumsymum.BlogSpot.co.uk

Love Missuswolf xxx

Bookworming my way back into blogging

 

THURSDAY 09th JUNE 2016

Wow – it’s over a year since my last blog post and things have changed dramatically!

My focus has slowly wondered away from the writing and blogging world over the last couple of years. This was due to a fantastic opportunity at work – I was involved in a high level project that sucked all of my time and energy. It barely left any time for reading let alone looking after this baby.

Speaking of babies, I then had one of my own. Little Miss Ella joined us in March 2016 – yep, I’ve joined the mummy (or ‘mammy’ as we say here in Geordieland) gang.

So I thought it was only apt that my first book to get me back into reading should of course be The Unmumsy Mum by Sarah Turner. I started following her blog (hilarious – check it out here) when I was in the early stages of my pregnancy – reading it on my phone while sitting on the bike machine at the gym (I was full of good intentions early on – that soon changed  when the Easter Eggs hit the shops! Cadbury’s chocolate was my ultimate guilty pleasure towards the end). My lovely friend Rachel bought me the book as a mammy gift before I had Ella and I started reading it in the hospital the day after she was born (hubby had managed to escape home for a bit, Ella was napping and there was only so much Jeremy Kyle I could watch on the TV!)

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This makes Mat Leave look deceivingly glamorous – it’s not. I was lucky to read a couple of pages on this day as someone wanted attention.

 

Obviously I can’t spend maternity leave reading all day (not for the want of trying, there’s just a small human that keeps interrupting). But I’m going to give it a damn good try. I’m hoping to build up to writing again – this blog post being a starter for ten. I write this (quickly) after a successful full nights sleep (hurrah) while sitting on my bed as Little Miss E naps on her Poddle Pod. It’s 9am and we’re both fed, washed and dressed ready for the day. High five me.  Oh wait – she’s stirring – I’ve shoved My Little Pony on the TV to buy me a few more minutes.

I’ve lost my confidence in my writing and I’m in danger of loosing any brain cells I had left as I’m not working. I’m one of those saddos who loves to work. I’m loving spending time with my munchkin don’t get me wrong, but like most mams (mums) out there we all like to do something for ourselves. My biggest fear was loosing myself and I’m hoping that if I can get back into Missuswolf’s StoryLand, it will give me a sense of something that’s mine and I’m doing for myself.

After twelve weeks of trying in vain to establish a sleep routine, joining various baby groups and hanging around with my friends with babies I’ve managed to establish a comfortable (yet unpredictable!) pattern. Fingers crossed I can keep this up and hopefully fit in what I’ve loved doing since I was a child – reading and writing.

I’m off now to pound the pavements of Blyth with my sister and her kids (this Easter Egg weight won’t shift itself).

Love Missuswolf xxx