Interview with Lela Davidson

 lelaLela Davidson is one of our homegirls here in Northwest Arkansas, and the author of two funny and true books of essays on motherhood and related issues:

Lela is giving away a copy of her new book! Leave a comment to enter!

We learned a little bit more about Lela in this interview.

MTAR: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Lela Davidson: My hobby is making spreadsheets. I think that’s all you need to know.

MTAR: What do you do when you are not writing?
Lela Davidson: I talk to myself. Writing is much healthier.

MTAR: What inspired you to write your first book?
Lela Davidson: I was tired of writing really awful novels.

MTAR: You just had a very successful book launch. For readers who have not attended one, what should they expect?
Lela Davidson: We try to make the launch parties fun for my audience. Moms don’t always get out as much as they used to, so we really try to promote a party atmosphere.

 MTAR: Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?
Lela Davidson:
See awful novel above. I love it, but I wouldn’t wish the reading of it on anyone.

MTAR: Can you tell us about your new release?
Lela Davidson: Who Peed on My Yoga Mat?
 is a collection of short stories from my thrilling life. Readers can expect riveting tales of diaper blow-outs, tweenage angst, and marital bliss gone amiss.

MTAR: What was your favorite chapter (or scene) to write and why?
Lela Davidson:
I love the story about the shower scrubbie. Because marriage is either excrutiatingly funny or unbearably painful.

MTAR: What would your fans be surprised to know about you?
Lela Davidson:
I am fascinated by my canister vacuum. That’s not sexy, but it’s true.

MTAR: Do you have a specific writing style?
Lela Davidson: Short. It matches my attention span.

MTAR: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Lela Davidson:
I had moved from Seattle to Wichita Falls, Texas. It was quite the culture shock and I wanted to capture the characters I met. Also, I was at home with two babies watching a lot of Oprah. She kept harping on about finding your passion, so, after ruling out community theater, I started scribbling.

MTAR: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Lela Davidson:
Titles and endings. I’m pretty confident with the middle stuff now.

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  • BamMomma

    Who Peed on my Yoga Mat sounds about like my life minus the tweenage part. That will come soon enough as my 3 yr old is beginning to act about like a 13 year old. I have a question though, Do you find it hard sometimes writing about your own personal life? I’m sure the writing part is somewhat easier but when it comes to actually sharing things that have occurred in your life do you sometimes find it intimidating to open up like that to your reading audience? Also do you throw in some fiction as well? And lastly do you ever fear the two will be confused by your readers?

    • Hi BamMomma! Sorry for the delayed response. Yes, sometimes there’s a fine line about what I’m willing to share, but it is not an invisible line. For me, it is much easier to document real life than concoct a fictional one. So no, no worries on that front. Thank you for asking!

    • Thank you! The Whore Barbie is a favorite for many 😉

  • I loved the PTA book! I read it while I was on vacation this summer, it was perfect. My favorite chapter was about the slutty barbie doll.