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An Interview With Crazy Aunt Purl

I was lucky enough to receive a review copy of Laurie Perry‘s latest book, Home is Where the Wine Is. I sat down and read it immediately and am happy to report that it is just as wonderful as her first book. Laurie has such an exquisite sense of humor and a knack for documenting the crazy that is every day life.

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A few days ago we sat down (well, we did it online — I was sitting, Laurie may have been in some complex yoga position) for a chat.

Me: Have you always been a writer? Were you writing little stories as a child,
or did your career as an author stem from your blogging?

Laurie: My dad worked at a newspaper and he would bring me to work with him when I
was little and I would sit at the typewriter and clack away for hours. We
lived out int he country and I used to carry around a notebook and write
down my little thoughts and stories (“The cow licked the salt block. It
was salty.”) I wrote all the time, I can’t remember not writing. Later I
went on to be a mediocre reporter, but writing for magazines and
eventually online content was a much better fit for me.

Me: Your writing seems so natural, I picture you sitting down and just putting
words to virtual paper as fast as you can key them in. But I’m guessing
this is not the case (if you are anything like me).

Laurie: I do tend to sit down and just blurt it all out with the keyboard. I don’t
get hung up on my many comma splices or my terrible typos, I just type
(and loudly — I am so hard on the keyboard!) I benefit a lot from an
editor, I tend to be too wordy. This method of pouring it all out in a
stream has worked well for nonfiction but right now I’m trying to write my
first fiction novel and it’s frustrating because you can’t just sit down
and write a fiction book in an hour or two. I get going and I feel like I
can’t type fast enough or keep up with the plot. I’m working at it, but
it’s not coming naturally.

Me: How do you balance your career as an author with your day job, or as I
like to think of it, your Superman persona with your day-to-day Clark Kent
persona. Do your colleagues know much about your life as a celebrity?

Laurie: I try to keep real life and writer life very separate. I don’t talk about
my books or website at work and even though most folks in my office know
about it, they don’t bring it up in conversation usually. I like the
normalcy and routine of my job, it keeps me balanced. Eventually I want to
be able to write full-time but I worry I would become a total recluse and
never leave my house! It’s sometimes hard to balance both jobs when I’m on
deadline but at least with a day job I do have to see other humans and be
presentable and get out of my head.

Me: Will you be touring for this new book? Come to Washington, DC!

Laurie: No tour, thank goodness. I thought a book tour would be glamorous and fun
and then I went on one. I’m pretty sure people in the airport bar in
Nashville still tell tales of the crazy woman who had a nervous breakdown
in the booth by the window.

Me: And that reminds me – I’ve got a great idea for a future Crazy Aunt
Purl project: travel to different cities and write about each place’s
own special brand of crazy. You could start with Washington – I’d be
happy to give you the tour. What do you think? 😉

Laurie: Now that sounds fun! Much more enticing than a book tour. I’m all up for a
crazy tour! You know I have never been to Washington, D.C.? I’d love to
go. I’m a big museum geek, I think I’d love Washington.

Me: It’s a date! hey, the knitting projects in your new book are so fun! What are you knitting
right now?

Laurie: Right now I am still trying to finish some baby booties to match a baby
sweater I planned to send to a friend two months ago. I think the baby has
long outgrown them, sadly.

Me: Oh, and Lucy wants to know – would Bob consider an online relationship?

Laurie: Bob is already sitting on the keyboard. He is awaiting her email.

Lucy sez:

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“Meow!”

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And here is a bonus: Laurie’s publisher has generously offered to give away 5 copies of her new book to my readers — to those in the U.S. and Canada only, please. If you’d like to win a copy of Home is Where the Wine Is, leave a comment to this blog entry by midnight (eastern time) on Monday, February 15 and the great and mighty Random Number Generator will choose five lucky recipients.

Comments

  1. I can soooo see Laurie doing a Crazy Tour! And who better to show her the craziest parts of DC, than yourself! Laurie knows from crazy, I’m just saying. Anyway, I hope the magic Random Number generator & the stars align, so I can have one of the copies you’re giving away. Not that I need it; I’m pretty sure I’ll buy the book if I don’t win it! Stay warm & keep your head above the snow!
    .-= AnnBan´s last blog ..It’s official =-.

  2. Meow! (Book, please!)

  3. That was a hilarious interview! Very entertaining! And yes, please enter me in the random # drawing for a chance at the book.

    Thanks!
    .-= Mary´s last blog ..I Love the Internets! =-.

  4. I’d love to be entered!

  5. Loved her first book – can’t wait to read this one!

  6. I definitely need more humor in my life right now so please enter my name in the drawing too! thank you.
    .-= Michele In Maine´s last blog ..Pink/Brown Floral Mini Bag =-.

  7. This books sounds so fun–hope I’m one of the lucky five!

  8. I would love, love, LOVE to win a copy of her book!!!!!

  9. fabulous! 🙂

  10. Two of my favorite authors and bloggers in the same blog!
    I would love a copy of Laurie’s book!

  11. please add me to the list for the drawing. thanks to both of you!

  12. Oh Mighty Random Number Generator, please look favorably upon my comment!

  13. Shannon H. says:

    Me please!

  14. Oh, I’d love a copy of Laurie’s book — count me in, please!
    .-= Miranda´s last blog ..Cruciferous goodness =-.

  15. penny dubois says:

    I would love the book. enjoy your website, and I am sitting up here in NH with hardly any snow! Use to live in Springfield, so I am familiar to the weather!

  16. I’d love a copy. Thanks for the chance.

  17. anne marie in philly says:

    I identified with laurie’s first book as a divorced woman. can’t wait to read her second book!

    pick me pick me pick me pick me…

  18. Thanks for the contest. Hopefully I will be one of the lucky ones.

  19. I would love a copy of the book! You’re both on my “must read everyday” list!

  20. I’d LOVE a copy of her new book. She seems like such a fun person!

  21. I loved Laurie’s first book!! Great interview. If the mighty Random Number Generator doesn’t pick me I’ll be looking for this book at the library!

  22. Crazy Tour! What a great idea! Count me in for the drawing. 🙂

  23. Count me in; I’d love to read Laurie’s book!
    .-= Donna´s last blog ..You never forget the first time. =-.

  24. You are both so clever. I thnk that Laurie is a hoot!

  25. Cute interview with Laurie. But if she started her crazy tour in DC, that might be the whole book right there.

  26. I agree…wine and knitting…the things we could make…would love a copy of that book…thanks…

  27. I think a DC tour with Wendy and Crazy Aunt Purl would be a blast! Now I’m curious, where would you go with Laurie?

    My cat is going to be so disappointed, he has loved Lucy from afar. He definitely thinks a long distance relationship with a cat in Wisconsin would be much better then one in California. Besides, he understands snow, Bob doesn’t!

  28. Your next book suggestion would be a fun one to research! Nice interview – thanks for sharing!

  29. I love CAP, and the interview was a lot of fun to read!

  30. What a great interview. I can’t wait to see Lauries new book. I have a gift card burning a hole in my pocket waiting for your new book. Maybee they’ll both be available by the time I get to a book store. I’m always looking for new books.

  31. suncatcher says:

    This post was a fun surprise for me since I know nothing of this author. Always happy to have a new author and book to read.

  32. Jennifer Wollesen says:

    I’d love to have a copy of the book!

  33. An enjoyable interview! I enjoy Laurie’ blog, and yours of course!

  34. What a great interview, Wendy! thanks for the vitural tour stop. 🙂

    I’d love a copy of Laurie’s book. She cracks me up on a daily basis.

  35. We are crazy here in east central Illinois and would love to be visited by Laurie. We have farms and cities and towns and 2 lovely LYS. Plus wine. And, I work for an institution not to be named but in the same industry as Crazy Aunt Purl (financial). I think that might be what makes us crazy!

  36. Sounds like a fun book! And hey, I really have a crazy Aunt Pearl!

  37. Mary McBride says:

    Wendy,
    I’d love for this book to come to *my* home. Looks terrific!

  38. Thanks for the fun interview! And for the opportunity to win a copy of Laurie’s book…

  39. I’d love to be entered please. Glad you and Lucy are staying warm with all of this snow!

  40. If the Great Random Number Generator doesn’t pick me could I have an autographed photo of Lucy instead? Puhleeze?
    .-= Earin´s last blog .. =-.

  41. I have been a huge CAP fan for long time now. Thanks for the chance to win her new book!
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Totoro and his Mittens =-.

  42. I haven’t read the first book but her work sounds like fun so count me in on the drawing.
    Thanks so much!

  43. I would love to read this book but I’m on a self imposed book buying hiatus. Please pick me oh random number generator.

  44. Oh, I would love one of those books!! Wine and knitting–it doesn’t get any better does it???
    .-= roz´s last blog ..YIKES! Where’s the will power???!! =-.

  45. I enjoyed Laurie’s first book and I’d like to read the new one. Thanks for hosting this contest.

  46. Thank you for offering to help some of us poor knitters out. I love Crazy Aunt Purl and love your blog.
    .-= Samantha´s last blog ..Time to multitask? =-.

  47. I loved your interview with Laurie. Her first book was such fun! I’d love to win the new one.

  48. Kristine M. says:

    She is great! I’m planning to reread the first one because I enjoyed it so much.

  49. fibercrone says:

    Count me in.

  50. How fun! 🙂

  51. kelly-ann (on ravelry) says:

    I bet this will be a fun read!

  52. OOooo picky me Oh Great Random Number Generator, ommm ommm ommm LOL But seriously I would love to get this book.
    .-= Sarah O G´s last blog ..Lydia Underfoot Oldencia, June 2008 – October 2009 =-.

  53. Thanks for the fun interview–and chances at a book!

  54. Please keep us posted on the Bob/Lucy saga. Sounds entrancing.
    I will be happy to enter for a book. If anything else, I can improve the odds for others by being a sure loser in the drawing.
    .-= Linda´s last blog ..Racing and Knitting =-.

  55. What a fun interview! I would love to read/win the book.
    .-= southparknitter´s last blog ..Mats and Mitts and Pics…oh my! =-.

  56. Nice interview! Sign me up for the free book drawing 🙂

  57. How lovely! I can’t wait to read her next book. 🙂

  58. Wow – another great give away – thanks!

  59. Sign me up! I’d love to sit down right now with a good book and a glass of wine.

  60. Love that Crazy Aunt Purl! Her first book was terrific and I’m sure that this one is also. Thanks for the giveaway.

  61. I’d like Laurie’s book for the next snowstorm.

  62. May I humbly offer South Bend, Indiana as a stop on the Crazy Train? 🙂
    .-= Shelley´s last blog ..Short Update on a Growing Baby =-.

  63. I loved lauri’s first book, and would love to read her second. Put my name in for the drawing, please! And I can totally understand the “no tour” thing for book sales!

  64. Thanks for interviewing the author. I’d love to win a copy of the book.

  65. Hi. I loved the first book and am re-reading it now to get ready for the new one!

  66. Lucy and Bob make quite the couple:)
    I loved the interview. Thanks!
    .-= Karen´s last blog ..What Do You Knit… =-.

  67. Hey! I don’t have much room for books (I live and travel fulltime in an RV) but would gladly make room for Laurie’s newest – her first book was a great read as I was also going through a divorce at the time.

    Bob & Lucy would make a darling couple. 🙂

    Kelli

  68. Yay!!! Crazy Aunt Purl visits Wendy Knits! What a fun read! Throw my name in the pot for a chance to win the book, please. I can’t wait to read it.
    .-= Elizabeth´s last blog ..Can’t blog. Knitting. =-.

  69. Lucy, beware of long distance relationships – no matter how funny the book is.

  70. I would love the book and let Lucy know that my Siamese cat Tuck is always open for a new virtual relationship.

  71. Love CAP’s blog and books! Yay for #2.

  72. Laurie is hilarious, would love to read her latest.

  73. Sounds like a cool book. Please sign me up.

  74. Nice interview! Would love to win a book. 🙂

  75. I loved her first book and let my sister borrow it (yeah, gone for sure) — what a treat for a blog post with both of you — and a chance at her new book:)

  76. o wondrous random number generator…..generate my number please!!! i would love a copy of laurie’s second book.

  77. I enjoy reading Laurie’s blog. I can’t wait to read this new book!

  78. I did enjoy her first book.

    Are you dug out yet? Back to work yet? Tired of snow yet?
    .-= E. Engman´s last blog ..CRAFT IN AMERICA SERIES =-.

  79. Great interview!

  80. Here you are – up to your keester in snow and you’re kind enough to host a give-away! Throw my hat into the ring – I’d love a copy!

  81. I adored the first book so much and hope I can win the second!
    .-= Alexis´s last blog ..Posted on the Wench at home as well =-.

  82. Who doesn’t like a brand new book?!?

  83. I loved Laurie’s first book and would love a copy of this one as well.

  84. I would absolutely LOVE to win a copy of Laurie’s book!

  85. CaroleP (ohio says:

    Thanks for offering the books. I read her first and loved it, glad she has another one out. Looking forward to reading it. Also love her blog and yours, since I’m a cat person, too.
    It’s always interesting to see what your Lucy has to say. You really have her personality pegged – I can just hear her saying what you write!

  86. I love Laurie’s blog – would love a copy of the book.

  87. Ooh, I’d love to have a copy of the book!

    And great interview, by the way.
    .-= Virginia´s last blog ..Oh, and because I’m completely insane =-.

  88. Yay….a contest!!! I’m so excited. Great interview with Laurie. I’ve wondered some of those things too.

  89. Love Laurie- was fortunate enough to see her in Seattle back when I lived in civilization. Thanks for the giveaway!

  90. I just found her first book and just laughed my way through it. I am now hooked on reading her website. I would love to win her new book.

  91. Angela Medina says:

    I love crazy Aunt Purl!

  92. Heather H. says:

    I loved her first book! Can’t wait for this one. 🙂

  93. To bad I can’t beg a random number generator. I love Laurie’s writing and follow her blog and have her first book.

  94. Please stand back when you start the great and mighty Random Number Generator — my post is #288 — the poor thing may explode!!
    .-= Cathie Jones´s last blog ..Jersey Jazz =-.

  95. Well, of course I’d like a copy. The first book was quite fun.

  96. Pick me please! Wonderful interview.

  97. ErinLindsey says:

    I just had a bookcase and desk built in my room. I put Laurie’s first book on the shelf with all my crochet and knitting books. (I hadnt realized I had so many yarn related books. I’d never seen them all in one place before!)

    I’d love a copy of her latest book to read and put into my new bookcase!

  98. Deanna Wildermuth says:

    I would love to be surprised with a copy of this book!

  99. Well it’s only natural that I leave a note for a chance at Laurie’s book! “Why?”, you ask. That’s because I read her blog right before I read yours!

    BTW … my furry four are cheering on Lucy and Bob. They’re wishing them a very happy Valentine’s Day.

  100. Oh Wendy,I’d love a copy of “Aunt P”. Tell Lucy I have 3 bachelor penpals for her: Rembrandt, Leonardo and Molson:-)