Big news for me this week: Can’t Buy Me Love is now available for pre-order on Kindle! And big news for you: I got to set a spell and interview writing mother Anne Kimball! Now, I don’t know about you, but I love reading Mommy Blogs, and Anne Kimball’s Life on the Funny Farm is one of the best I’ve come across. I was so excited when Anne agreed to be interviewed for Writing Like a Mother. She’s right where a lot of us writing parents find ourselves – writing, tweaking a manuscript, and keeping up with a rich home life – AND she blogs! Read on for the inside scoop on her writing life as a mom!

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Writing Mother Anne Kimball blogs at Life on the Funny Farm.

How many children do you have, and what are their ages?
I’ve got six kids and they’re ALL teenagers!  I’ve got Daniel, 13; Julie, 14; Bella and Rosie, 15; James, 17, and Patrick, 18.  And I now have about 60,000 grey hairs.  Give or take.

How do you find time to write?
Until recently, I was a SAHM, so I did my writing when the kids were in school.  However, I recently started back to work part-time, so now I’m at work when the kids are at school.  I now do some of my writing when the kids are getting ready in the morning, with the bulk getting done on the weekends.  I definitely don’t have as much time for it as I used to!

What do your children think of your writing?
I know they’re proud of me for getting published.  I also think they all have this notion that if and when my book gets published, we’ll all be living the lifestyle of the rich and famous! If and when?  They’ll get smacked upside the head with a dose of reality.

Where do you write?
I’ve got a little spot on the sofa that I like to call home.  I sit there with my laptop and I can still be a part of the life that’s flowing all around me.
Do you write with background music? A soundtrack?
If I’m in the zone and churning stuff out, I want silence.  But if I’m just dabbling and tidying, the sounds of life don’t hamper me too much.

What is your beverage of choice when writing?
Coffee, baby….

What’s next for you?
After I get my manuscript published, I have a few ideas for some children’s and YA projects.  I’d also like to make more of an effort at submitting to magazines, because it’s a terrific way to see your name in print pretty frequently, and it looks great in the bio for queries.

Who are some authors who inspire you?
Harper Lee, Michael Perry, LM Montgomery, Kathryn Stockett…. So many!

Which books have stayed with you long after you’ve read them?
The Good Earth, Snowflower and the Secret Fan, Anne of Green Gables, To Kill a Mockingbird, Jane Eyre.  I always hate when a good book ends.  I’ll almost invariably return to them at some point.

What’s your background? How does it play into your writing?
Since I tend to write memoir, my upbringing figures pretty strongly in my work!  My brother and sisters and I were raised by my mother, and she’s quite the character.  I always say I’m like a seamstress who’s learning on the job.  I have plenty of material, I just need to learn to sew it all together to make something pleasing.

I love that metaphor! Where can we find you on the web?
My blog is Life on the Funny Farm: http://annesfunnyfarm.blogspot.com
Facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/AnneKimballHome
Twitter – AnneKimballHome
And you can find me on Pinterest and BlogHer: Anne Kimball

Thanks so much for giving us a peek into your writing life! I hope all of my readers will check out your blog and Facebook page.

Are you a writing parent? If you would like to be featured in an interview on Writing Like a Mother, write me at summerkinard {at} gmail {dot} com.