Author Spotlight: Class Mom: A Novel by Laurie Gelman

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Class Mom

What inspired you to write Class Mom: A Novel?

I knew I wanted to write a book but I wasn’t sure what to write about. They say write what you know, but I wanted to go beyond that and write what I was passionate about. At the time it was the ups and downs (mostly downs) of being a mom who volunteers in the class room.

How is Jen Dixon different than your typical class mom?

Jen has already been through the school process with her two older daughters. So when she comes back to be the class mom fifteen years later, she brings a more worldly attitude to it. She has decided her mission this coming school year is to get parents to participate without having to beg them. Jen does it by sending very sassy emails in the hopes that parents will actually read them. She doesn’t seem to worry about offending people – only making them laugh.

Let’s talk about the parents of the kindergarten class. How does Jen’s interaction with them influence her relationship with the teacher as well as the school?

Jen’s snarky emails are thoroughly enjoyed by most of the parent body but there are a few who don’t appreciate her umm…humor. That creates a friction that Jen has to deal with on a daily basis. The teacher seems oblivious but the principal steps in at one point and makes it worse for Jen.

As part of the storyline, Jen is reacquainted with an old high school flame. How does this innocent encounter affect Jen?

Jen is at a point in her life where she feels her best years just may be behind her. So her flirtation with her high school crush is just the thing she needs to cheer her up and make her feel young again. The flirty texting is harmless and fun…until it isn’t.

What advice are you able to share with first-time moms about facing the many challenges of motherhood?

Try to enjoy every part of it – even the sleepless nights and vomit in your hair. It’s all part of a journey that goes by way too fast.

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