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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.

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:



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.


  1. I loved her first book! I would love to have this one also!
    .-= Edna Tanner´s last blog ..Finish and start =-.

  2. me me me! would LOVE a copy of Laurie’s new book – ;o)
    .-= margaret´s last blog ..Preparing an Obituary? =-.

  3. What a treat! Two of my favorite bloggers together in one post. Thanks to both of you.

  4. Sounds like a fun read. I’d love a copy!

  5. I’m not in the running for a book because I already bought a copy and read it in practically one sitting. I’m just here to agree that it’s a delightful book and a really fun read. Laurie has a way of looking at the world that is just charming and thoroughly entertaining, and her writing reads as if she’s just a friend chatting with you and telling you stories, some funny, some painful, but always entertaining and readable. So to the lucky 5 winners: You’re going to really enjoy the book!

  6. Oooh! I would love to read this! 😀

  7. Can you believe I never read her first book, despite reading her blog every day? I would love to have a copy of the new book 🙂
    .-= Christina´s last blog ..The Day After Tomorrow =-.

  8. Oh, I hope the Great and Mighty Random Number Generator chooses me! If not, I suppose I could always cough up some dough.

    Fun interview, by the way. Thanks for sharing!
    .-= Brian Wisti´s last blog ..Craft =-.

  9. I’m game to try for a copy

  10. I love a copy of Laurie’s new book. She’s so funny, and I LOVE the title! Thanks for the interview and giveaway.

  11. Read your blog and Aunt Purl’s daily. Love the cats.

  12. Stacy and the rugrats says:


  13. Iam not in the running i have both books they were great the first one helped me through a very hard time in my life I had alwas been a crotheer and not a good one after her first book I have decided to try knitting I love it my grand goal is socks much more portable in hospitols . so far iam the grand owner of the most butifull but ugly sock ( only one) but i love it so good luck to the winner

  14. I’d like a copy!! I was giggling so much through the first one my coworkers stopped chatting to ask what I was reading (in the breakroom at lunch)
    .-= Abigail´s last blog ..Can’t Stop Giggling =-.

  15. What a great opportunity to win one of Laurie’s books. I would love that. Nice interview too by the way. 🙂
    .-= Ruth´s last blog ..OK, so I’m a little crazy =-.

  16. Oh, me! I’ve been reading Laurie’s blog forever and I enjoyed her first book!!

  17. Before reading your blog today, I knew nothing about Crazy Aunt Purl. So, I checked out Laurie’s blog and found her delightful. Yes, I would love to have a copy of her new book!

  18. The book looks very interesting hopefully I can win a copy. Nice interview.

  19. I am a regular reader of Laurie’s Blog, and would love a copy of her latest book!

  20. Loved her first book, can’t wait to read the latest from C.A.P. She’s a hoot!

  21. She is one of the most intelligently funny people around… Would love to read her 2nd book. Scritches to Lucy.

  22. ohhhh…. I loved her first book! I would love to have this one also! She is one of my favorites…

  23. Hi Wendy–I’m not familiar with these books, so it would be fun to check them out. Thanks for the contest!

  24. Kate Lathrop says:

    Oh, I would LOVE a copy! I read her first book in one sitting, and I love reading her blog. I have the perfect bottle of bubbly to imbibe while reading 🙂

    Hi to Lucy!

  25. I’d love to have a copy of this book!

  26. Good interview!! I’d love to win this book!

  27. What a fun interview! Your blog and Lauries are two of my favorites – as well as the Yarn Harlot’s. Thanks for writing – although DH is probably NOT happy when I find one more project that I just HAVE to knit! The “crazy” book sounds like a great idea. Would love to have a copy of Crazy Aunt Purl’s second book!
    Maria in NY

  28. The best thing about this is that it involves my two favorite knitting women! 🙂 I have Laurie’s first book sitting on the shelf waiting for me to finish my current book so I can delve into it, so this is a generous give-away.

    Count me in!
    .-= Deinera´s last blog ..When Disaster Strikes =-.

  29. Great interview. Looking forward to reading the book.

  30. I’d love to win the book, as long as there isn’t any pictures of her Bob. Slick would shred the book if there was ….

  31. Me, please! I’d love to win a copy of CAP’s book.

  32. I am up in Frederick and it is so nice to see the sun today, or anything for that matter after yesterday. And then to read your interview makes this a good day all around. thank you for your awesome knitting skills and great blog.

  33. It’s amazing how one finds interesting things to do when one is snowed in!!!!!

    Hope the weather is not so FRIGHTFUL soon!

  34. I thought her first book was great and would love to add her second book to my library. Thank you, Wendy!

  35. Thanks for the pointer to what looks like an excellent read. I look forward to your mutual blog or writing about local crazy!

  36. Marian Christensen says:

    I enjoyed your interview with Laurie & would love to win a copy of her new book.

  37. I read the first book and I’d love to read the second! Thank you Wendy. 🙂

  38. Hope you are enjoying your snow days! I’m always up for a free book!!

  39. Great interview. Loved her first book, would love to win the second!

  40. Lee Cockrum says:

    Your interview is great!! I love Laurie’s blog, she is very funny, and I have a special place in my heart for cats as I have 4!! Thanks for the chance to win a book!

  41. Aww, two of my favorite online kitties are fake internet dating! I get so caught up in online animal personas! But sorry Bob and Lucy, Maru ( trumps you both!
    .-= chemicalpink´s last blog ..Ahh… a new year. =-.

  42. Would love to win a copy of CAP’s book. Fun interview.

  43. Mmmmmmm….. book.

  44. I love that one of my favorite bloggers was interviewed by another of my favorite bloggers! Y’all were two of the first blogs I read when I started knitting.

  45. Wow–an author I didn’t know about. The book sounds like great fun! would love to win a copy, ’cause our county library system doesn’t even list her in their system.

  46. I hope she does come to visit you–the resulting blog posts would be a riot!
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..Free camera–just do my laundry =-.

  47. I love laurie! and I’d love to read her new book too! 🙂
    .-= susan´s last blog ..rowr! =-.

  48. Two knitting bloggers – one interview – and adorable kitties……doesn’t get much better!

  49. Freya in Californeya says:

    I’ll throw my hat in the ring. Sounds like a fun book!

  50. OOOHHH, A book! I love books. And, I always share with my daughters and knitting group when I finish reading them.

  51. Yay for winning awesome books by awesome people!! 😀

  52. I loved your suggestion about a tour and write-ups of the craziness in each city! LOL
    .-= danielle´s last blog ..The End of January – Already???!!! =-.

  53. Sounds like Lucy and Bob might be an “item!” I enjoyed the first book and almost bought the second one last Friday. Think I will hold off until you announce the winners!

  54. Laurie’s first book was lots of fun, and I bet this one will be, too.

    And Lucy, I can recommend online dating to you… it’s how I met my husband!

  55. Enjoyed the interview! I have her first book, too!

  56. Thanks for the contest, Wendy. I love Crazy Aunt Purl and would love a copy of the book. Great review – I’ll have to get a copy and read it even if I don’t win.

    P.S. A crazy tour sounds like a great idea. Good thing Laurie lives in LA where she can get a great start. I’m in Orange County, so she might want hit our area as well.

  57. Heather Farrar says:

    lol free book sounds good. I am usually a lurker, but I thought I would come out of the shadows to say I really love your blog. 🙂

  58. I love reading Laurie’s blog. Count me in.

  59. i would love to read one of her books. She sounds like a fun person.

  60. OK, for this one I’ll give it another try 🙂

  61. Growing up I always wondered why all the ‘older’ women (I was 19 and they were probably 27 like I am now) always wanted a glass of wine when they got home. I thought it was silly. Now I have two kitties, a massive stash, and a mild buzz if I knit for too long.

    If Lucy wants more company I have two handsome boys at home.

  62. What a fun interview! You are both So funny!
    .-= Caffeine Girl´s last blog ..Making Progress =-.

  63. Please enter me. And thank you for interviewing Laurie. 🙂
    .-= Silverlotus´s last blog ..Sweater, Snowman and a Pond =-.

  64. How funny! I would love to win a copy of this book.

  65. please enter me , I have both you and Laurie on my speed list

  66. great interview. love laurie, glad another book is out!

  67. Would love to read the book!
    By the way…thanks to you I am attempting lace (purchased the Miss Woodhouse pattern), just looking for the perfect yarn.

  68. lesley aka shlesss says:

    I read Crazy Aunt Purl daily! I would love her book! she makes my days brighter

  69. I could use a good dose of humor right now as we anxiously await news of a potential layoff next week…..
    .-= LizA.´s last blog ..Missed the Deadline =-.

  70. I’d like to be entered in the book drawing! Sounds like fun.
    If she does take you up on the tour, please make a big post about it!
    .-= pmoys´s last blog ..The Big Snow of 2010 =-.

  71. I love her blog and would love a copy of Laurie’s book as well!

    Happy Knitting!

  72. That was a great interview. 🙂
    .-= LittleWit´s last blog ..Absence =-.

  73. Very interesting and entertaining interview!! Would love to have the book.

  74. Oh, I would love the new book. When I read her first book, I had the rare feeling that someone out there really read my mind about what knitting makes me feel….

  75. I’ve met Laurie a few times and she’s wonderful! I’d love to read her new book!

  76. Thank you for the interview. I would love to have a copy of her book.

  77. Wine and knitting. The perfect combination.

  78. Linda in Chicagoland says:

    Thanks for the interview. Crazy city tour = great idea. I love Laurie’s blog but haven’t read either book. I’ll have to correct that!

  79. I love a good book this time of year. Forget going out, curl up in front of the fire with books and knitting at hand. The perfect way to spend a winter’s day!

  80. Ooo, I’d love a copy of Laurie’s book!

  81. I love Laurie’s first book and I’d love to get a copy of this one! Pick me!!! 🙂

  82. Dr. Jackie says:

    Great interview! I’d like to win…
    How’s digging out of the snow going?

  83. Memememe *waves her hand in the air with wild abandon*

  84. Bonnie Bee says:

    I’d love a copy! ;p

  85. 🙂
    I have the first book, it only seems right to get the second one, and if you get it by reading blogs that make you happy – bonus 🙂

    Tell Lucy to watch out for west coast boys…..they can be trouble 😉

  86. I’m a big fan of Aunt Purl,and she sent me your direction! What an interesting blog…I’ll be back.

  87. I’ve been coveting these books for several months now – would love a copy!!

  88. I’d love to have a copy of Aunt Pearl’s second book!

  89. Memememememe – over here. 🙂
    Cute Q&A! will Bob and Lucy hook up?

  90. Oh pick me! I love her blog and yours.
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..I am going to Blogher 10! =-.

  91. Oh please, Great Random Number Generator, pick me. Pretty please?!?

  92. I’d love a copy of Laurie’s new book!

  93. I would love a copy of her book! Love the blog!

  94. I would love to get a copy!

  95. Laurie is one of my favorite people even if she doesn’t know it! I would love a copy of her book and now I’m glad to get to know you too.

  96. Thanks for having the drawing – I’d love to be entered. But you may want to tell Lucy that those long distance things don’t really work out.

  97. Ooh, I’ve heard lots of great things about this book; I’d love to win!
    .-= Word Lily´s last blog ..Double Eagle by Sneed B. Collard III =-.

  98. Strangely, Laurie’s first book was inspirational to me, though I am a happily married dog lover. And her blog is a daily must-read, as I love how she weaves philosophy, self-help, cooking, cats, knitting, solo travel & weather all together!
    .-= Lita´s last blog ..There’s a Kind Of Flush =-.

  99. I so loved her first book! I bought a copy for my recently divorced mom and she loved it too!

    Hope I win….
    .-= 5elementknitr´s last blog ..I is for Insane =-.

  100. Thanks for offering this contest, Wendy! I love your site and the interview with CAP makes it seem like we’re all just sitting down and chatting together.