Dispatches from a Reporter's Notebook

Welcome to 'Smotherhood'

Posted August 23, 2007

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a writer. Specifically, I wanted to write books.

I filled notebooks with stories. I ripped them out and bound them with construction-paper covers, stapled them together, and then, adorned them with rudimentary pictures.

I recently found these books in my attic, yellowed, dog-eared, with catchy titles like "The Woman, the Dog and the Frog."  Sounds like a bestseller, huh?

But then I grew up. I went to college. I went to graduate school, and ultimately, pursued writing in a very different form – journalism. 

Being a television journalist for 18 years has quenched my desires in many areas – my thirst for excitement, my Type-A need for a frantic pace, my love of travel, my undaunted curiosity. 

But that little girl who wanted to write books was still inside of me.  I tried to ignore her, hoping that she would disappear like most other childhood dreams. But she kept trying to get my attention.

Last year, somewhere in between breaking news, blogging and soothing my kids boo-boo's, I wrote a book.  "SMOTHERHOOD:  WICKEDLY FUNNY CONFESSIONS FROM THE EARLY YEARS" is a raw, edgy, unfiltered look at being a mother in the 21st Century. 

I think the real-life anecdotes will make you laugh, and some of the more tender moments may even make you cry. But in the end, my goal is to share this crazy, chaotic journey with other women who are all with me on the same high-speed train.  The truth is that we do everything with and for our kids – and it's hard, very hard. But at the end of the day, we wouldn't have it any other way. 

Although I didn't know it at the time, WRAL gave me all the tools I needed to be the writer I always wanted to be. Granted, the raw material for this book was always there, but the discipline needed and the confidence required to make it happen were nurtured throughout my years as a journalist with WRAL.

I humbly thank my family, friends and colleagues for their support.  Realizing a dream is something that's almost impossible to put into words. I hope you will share it with me.  If you do, I promise I will never publish  "The Woman, the Dog and the Frog."

"SMOTHERHOOD" is available at all local bookstores.  For more information about the book, please go to www.smotherhoodbook.com, or for information about my upcoming book reading and signings, click here.


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  • wilfhh29 Aug 24, 2007

    I read this last week. I happened to see it in the new releases section of the Wake Forest Library, and the title was intriguing. I read it all in one afternoon. And I laughed all the way through it. Amidst all the laughing, there were lots of things that mothers of young children would agree with. I have already recommended the book to the women in my moms' group.

  • patton109 Aug 23, 2007

    Well, the title itself intrigued me, so I read the excerpt. As a mother of a 2 1/2 year old high-energy, free-spirited little girl and a 4-yr-old princess in the making, I could really relate to what I read--enough so that I ordered the book from b&n.com. Looking forward to receiving it. I just hope I'll get a little spare time to read it!

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