The description for a book written by Brandi Haas says it all.
“Brandi Haas is no domestic goddess . . . but she’ll tell you that motherhood is probably the hardest gig in the universe: ‘The pay is horrible, the wardrobe is pathetic, and your boss (although utterly adorable) is usually a tyrant.’ “
The quote illustrates the wit and humor Haas has put together for “Tales from Suburbia: You Don’t Have to Be Crazy to Live Here, But It Helps.”
The book, Haas’ first, is due out in paperback Dec. 1. It is published by Cup of Tea Books, an imprint of PageSpring Publishing and is based on Haas’ blog, www.talesfromsuburbia.com.
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Haas’ writing centers on her life as a stay-at-home mother, wife and — as she says — “a hell raiser.”
“I’ve been kicked out of two PTAs,” Haas joked.
A native of California, Haas moved to Lee’s Summit six years ago with her husband, Brian. Soon the couple decided Brandi would stay home and care for daughter Kay, who turns 7 years old next month.
An English teacher for 10 years, Haas got the idea to blog last summer.
“For the longest time, I thought I didn’t have anything important to say anymore being a stay-at-home mom, “ she said. “Then I realized I did have something to say. I have a quirky way of looking at the world. My daughter started kindergarten and I didn’t want to sit at home and not do anything, so I started writing.”
Haas has more than 10,500 “likes” on her Facebook page and estimates that 25,000 people follow her blog.
With a worldwide audience, Haas said, detailing her exploits as a suburbanite living in Lee’s Summit has its perks.
“You have mommy groups everywhere (in the metropolitan area), “ she said. “You have great places to visit, even if you have to go over to Kansas. There’s parks and moms and things to do everywhere. I love it.”
Peruse posts from Haas’ blog and it’s evident her stories resonate with readers.
The book promises to solidify her standing as a commentator on suburban life.
“I was really encouraged by the success of my blog, “ she said. “I got great feedback, and it gave me the courage to send it out to a few publishers. I had one publisher get back with me ... and I was just ecstatic.”
The Kindle edition of “Tales from Suburbia: You Don’t Have to Be Crazy to Live Here, But It Helps” is available on amazon.com for $2.99. Haas is debating whether she will have a release party for the paperback version.
“There will be plenty of vodka involved if I do, “ she said.