Thursday, August 26, 2010

Mother interference

My mother was my only parent, best friend and don't tell my husband, favorite date. When I needed someone to accompany me to events, my mother always paid her own way, knew how to dress appropriately, and understood that no meant no. Needless to say our close relationship went into flux when I started dating my future husband.

After I got married, I realized jealousy and rivalry dominated the relationship between the two most important people in my life. Their conflict made my life incredibly difficult. Balancing the needs of both people made my brain hurt. That said, when the idea for You're All I Need began to keep me awake at night, I considered how my mother would react if I were to meet and marry someone from another country. What measures would she take to keep me close and in Michigan?

You're All I need sprang from some of the antics that I suspected my mother might pull. Employing family and friends to convince me to stay local would be her first line of defense. Knowing my mother, I wouldn't put it passed her to pack her bags and follow me.

How about you? Do you have a story that you would like to tell about your parents? Some interesting tidbit that would fall into the same classification.

Take a look at the book and let know if my characters remind you of one or both of your parents. Please share you own thoughts on the subject. E-mail me at or click on the link and tell me what you think. Share some of your parents' antics. I'd love to hear from you.

Remember, don't be a stranger.



Charles Gramlich said...

My mom only wanted the best for me, but sometimes it was hard because what she wanted really 'wasn't' the best for me. It was well worth putting up with while she was here, though. I wouldn't mind putting up with it some more.

Liane Spicer said...

Karen, I actually have a very special WIP inspired by my family, particularly my parents. I'm hoping I can do justice to the essence of my mother - her incredible strength, her gentle soul, her goodness, her flair for creating beauty, her own beauty that still turns heads wherever she goes - and she's 75. Writing mothers is powerful stuff indeed.