No experience can compare to being a woman — especially being a mother to two sons, one with ADHD, a stepson and a dog.
From the inhumanities of pregnancy to caring for special needs children to struggling to embody perfection, Kirkland author Heather LeRoss encapsulates the joys and heartaches of motherhood, womanhood and “wife-hood” in her book, “Just Tell Me I’m Pretty: Musings on a Messy Life,” with humor, honesty and authenticity.
The Tipsy Tiaras blogger, writing and lifestyle coach received the International Book Award for Humor in early June.
“It was so awesome,” she said on a recent afternoon in Redmond.
LeRoss learned of her win while she was at the airport with her husband traveling to New York, checking her email.
“I’m trying to show the phone to my husband who can’t see anything close up with his glasses, and I’m like, ‘I won! I won!’ and he’s trying to take his glasses off and he said ‘What did you win?’ and I’m said ‘I won an award!’ ‘For what?’ he said, ‘For humor!’ He wasn’t tracking at all and I’m saying ‘My book! My book won an award for humor!’ and he said ‘What did you win?” and I said ‘An award!’ LeRoss said.
The book is comprised of LeRoss’s blog posts, journal entries and personal stories. It all began when she started writing about her experiences of being a mom to her ADHD son and submitting them to ADHD blogs. The overwhelming positive feedback from readers encouraged her to start her own blog, and Tipsy Tiaras was born.
“I really wanted to reach a wider audience around ADHD because I know there are so many parents with kids with special needs and you feel just so, so alone. There’s still so much judgment, so I wanted to reach as many people as possible,” she said.
LeRoss said the book isn’t another humorous parenting book about the crazy things kids do, but that it is a book on reality—the good, the bad, the humiliating and the soiled.
“I love making people laugh,” she said. “I have this insane knack for embarrassing myself. I have a chapter in there called, ‘I soiled myself in IKEA’ which was something that happened when I was eight months pregnant with my second son.”
LeRoss’s purpose for writing is to connect women and create a desire for women to support one another through life’s ups and downs.
“If you can find a way to talk about some of the hard things in life and couch it with humor, I think that’s a great gift to be able to give people,” she said.
LeRoss is working on a second book, similar to “Just Tell Me I’m Pretty” and is hoping to have it completed by the end of summer. Her dream goal is to write a fiction novel some day.
She will be at the second annual Readers and Writers Author event in Seattle on July 14 at the Hilton Seattle Airport and Conference Center.
“Just Tell Me I’m Pretty: Musings on a Messy Life” can be found at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.