If you are like many people, you’ve experienced some family dysfunction. Tales From The Family Crypt is for you. And, if you’ve been fortunate enough to avoid family dysfunction (like maybe you were raised by wolves in the woods!), but you still like interesting stories, Tales From the Family Crypt is also for you. On this blog we’ll muse about what makes families tick and what brings them to a screeching halt. Along the way, we’ll laugh, we’ll cry and we may even learn a thing or two.
Author Deborah Carroll (Enjoy my Amazon Author Page at this link) has written two parenting books and many educational publications for newspapers. Now she’s musing about something very close to home, the extreme dysfunction in her extended family. It’s like fiction, only more bizarre. Tales From the Family Crypt is available on Amazon by clicking here. If you check out the page, be sure to read the negative reviews. The positive ones are terrific, the negative ones are just funnier.
Currently working on a nonfiction picture book which is going to change the way kids see grandparents, I hope. I was reading to my grandson when I discovered something. No one I know fits the typical “grand” profile. While in real life my “grand” friends are everything from aviators to zoo keepers, and they look amazing and diverse, in books they all fit a similar profile– they bake, they rock (in chairs, not in a cool metaphoric way), they sit, they garden, they fish or golf and they do it all with paunches and ponchos and very little panache. This gives me an inspiration. I want to create a children’s book about real-life grandparents, not your mother’s grandmother (Not that there’s anything wrong with that or with any of the aforementioned grand activities shown in today’s books. It’s just that the world of grandparents today is so much more interesting than that.), I want to show kids what us Boomer Grands are really like. I want to showcase the grandparents who are anything from artists to Zamboni drivers or anything in between that shows a vibrant and vivacious attitude about life, the grands who work jobs with passion, or teach and reach young people, or are retired and refired, or engage in a zestful hobby or love fashion, or may be geniuses with words, or work to better a community, or in any way turn stereotypical grandparenting on its proverbial ear. I’m collecting stories and photos from folks who’d like to be included in the book. I will collect the photos and stories about these real people, rewrite their stories in rhyme in an A-Z book format, accompany the photos with lively, fun, and colorful illustrations, and develop a wonderful and important book.
Grands! From A to Z, Everything a Grandparent Can Be! (Working Title and Sub Title) If you’d like to be included, send me an email @ email@example.com.
I mean does this guy look anything like the grandparents you see in children’s books?
I’ve also written a few other books you might find interesting.
Raising Amazing Children (While Having a Life of Your Own) is a manual for parenting made a bit easier but using everyday situations as teachable moments for your kids. Housework, shopping, chores, traveling, you do all of these, why not find ways to share them with the kids?
And speaking of kids, Sybil Was Silly But Willie Wasn’t will delight your amazing children.
Finally, if you’d like to contact me, feel free to send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org. Love to hear from you!