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Author and Comedian Stacey Gustafson: Finding the Humor in Midlife

Published on 10/22/2018

You have just released your newest book, Are You Still Kidding Me? What was the inspiration for this collection of 45 stories? 
My family is my biggest inspiration for writing Are You Still Kidding Me? It’s my heartwarming sequel to #1 Amazon bestseller Are You Kidding Me? My Life with an Extremely Loud Family, Bathroom Calamities, and Crazy Relatives. It tackles the foibles of modern family life—from toddlers and teens to empty nesters—with wry wit and plenty of humor.

As my kids started to grow up and out, I filled the void with writing. I bundled up all my frustrations and oozed them out onto paper, one pain-in-the-ass problem at a time, and it felt good. When I share my work, people laugh and can relate to my humorous take on kids, husbands, parents, and everything in between.

What topics do you tackle that my readers will find particularly relevant to their lives?
Dealing with Older Children
Parenting Your Parents
Handling Husbands
Holiday Mayhem
Midlife Mishaps
Writing tips

You are a comedian. What is the role humor can play as we tackle the many challenges of “life in the middle”? 
For me, writing has been my way of expression and stand-up is a new opportunity to push myself further and share humor with others.

Why humor?
It bonds people together.
It manages stress and anxiety.
It helps resolve conflict.
It boosts morale.
It benefits circulation, lungs, muscles.
It helps people deal with pain and physical adversary.
It helps ease tension and anxiety to promote a bond.
It can lower your blood pressure.
And… What’s the one quality people always want in a mate? A sense of humor.

 

What other resources do you recommend for those of us looking to have a laugh or two about midlife?
Books
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life by Steve Martin

Sitcoms
Modern Family
Black-ish
The Goldbergs
Mom

 

Connect with Stacey Gustafson:
Email: staceygcomedy@gmail.com
Blog: StaceyGustafson.com
Twitter: @RUKiddingStacey
Facebook page
Google +
Pinterest
Amazon Author page
YouTube

Books:
Are You Still Kidding Me? 
Are You Kidding Me? My Life with an Extremely Loud Family, Bathroom Calamities, and Crazy Relatives

 

Stacey Gustafson is the bestselling author of Are You Kidding Me? My Life with an Extremely Loud Family, Bathroom Calamities, and Crazy Relatives, ranked #1 Amazon in Parenting & Family Humor and Motherhood. She’s also an inspirational speaker, blogger and comedian. Her short stories have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul and other in print and online publicationsShe’s won Best Comic of the Month at Tommy T’s Comedy Club and performs stand-up throughout the East Bay. Her next book, Are You Still Kidding Me? was released September 2018. She lives in Pleasanton, CA.

HeleneTStelian Musing
I’m Hélène Stelian, the Midlife Mentor with a passion for facilitating personal development in women 40+. Through my THRIVE community, I help introspective, curious, action-oriented women 40+ deepen their journeys of self-discovery and growth—and create their next chapter with courage and intention.

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