Jenny “The Bloggess” Lawson is one of the most famous mom bloggers in the world, and in some significant ways, her voice helped define the ever-growing niche in its early years. At times wry and humorous, at times self-effacing, but always deeply personal, her “bloggy voice” has become a standard to which many other memoir bloggers aspire. Her new, and perhaps inevitable, book is called Let’s Pretend this Never Happened. It’s bound to be a hit by mom blogger-turned-mainstream-author standards. I enjoyed reading Let’s Pretend this Never Happened as much as I enjoy reading each new blog post of hers; like any good memoir, this one left me with some questions I dearly wanted answers to about Jenny Lawson’s life (and her unique perspective therein). In an email-style interview, she answered those questions. So nice of her! Especially considering that she’s about to embark on a book tour. Here is the official MomsLA interview with The Bloggess.
Your blogging style is so personal and friendly that many readers feel they know you — this is true with Let’s Pretend this Never Happened, too. Has this resulted in complete strangers approaching you as if you’re an old friend? How do you deal with that?
I’m incredibly flattered because people wouldn’t react that way if I wasn’t touching on something that’s part of the human condition…something that brings us all together. If it happens though with someone who’s being a dick I usually ask them if I can borrow some money. Then suddenly they say, “But we don’t even know each other!” And then I act confused.
You wrote poignantly about changes in your childhood town after you got married (in the chapter “There’s No Place Like Home”). Later you wrote about your current home, and the hummingbirds, and the view, being better than a trip to Hawaii. What did it take for you to feel like your town is finally home, now?
It took a full year to get used to the seasons and the wild animals and insects that come with each new month. Now I can kill a scorpion without screaming and I feel like I’m home.
If this blogging thing gets old for you, you clearly have options: aptitude in human resources. turkey wrangling, cow gynecology, etc. What sort of career do you think you might have, either in the future or in an alternate universe?
I’m not sure I would be welcome back in HR after telling some of our trade-secrets but I wouldn’t mind cow gynecology. At least your hands are warm.
Tell us please about the Traveling Red Dress!
Years ago I wrote that I’d always wanted a red ball gown but that I’d always told myself that it was too extravagant since I wouldn’t have anywhere to wear it. Then I realized that not needing it wasn’t reason to not do something nice for myself, and I ended up having a portrait made in a graveyard while barefoot and wearing my red ball gown. I encouraged others to find the thing that they though was just too ridiculous to ever achieve and I used the gown as a metaphor. Tons of women have worn my red dress as it’s traveled across the world so that people could mark the milestones of their lives with it. The Red Dress is now so well known that strangers offer to buy other strangers traveling red dresses just for the sake of helping someone and connecting with the world. It’s a beautiful thing.
Your book is wonderful and an organic extension of your blog. Assuming you’re going to go on a book tour, what cities will you be traveling to? Which are you most looking forward to?
Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin. The whole last week is all Texas, which should be fun. The final stop is the same bookstore in tiny San Angelo Texas where I met Victor. I think I’m most excited about that one because my family will be able to come. It’ll probably *just* be my family there, but I’m still excited about it. Here are the full tour details.
Thank you, Jenny! For our Los Angeles readers, she’ll be here (in Beverly HIlls) on Thursday, April 19, 2012.