I'm Jen (my real name) - I write this blog and New York Times best-selling books.
The books I wrote:
Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat (Ballantine, October 2015)
People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Daycare Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges (Ballantine, September 2014)
And I've also got short original essay collections:
People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Volumes 1-5 (2016)
The anthologies I published (and wrote for):
I Just Want to Be Perfect (2016)
I STILL Just Want to Pee Alone (2015)
I Just Want to Be Alone (2014)
I Just Want to Pee Alone (2013)
(If you've read these books already, PLEASE consider leaving me a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. Those are incredibly helpful to authors and I would love you more than my favorite pair of Crocs if you left me one.)
I'm a hybrid author. I'm published by Ballantine (Penguin Random House) and I also self-publish. I've had traditional and self-published books hit the New York Times best-selling list.
If you like my blog, then you'll love all of these books. You can get them all right here.
I am married to the Hubs, I have two kids: Gomer and Adolpha (not their real names - their real names are actually worse).
I started this blog in April 2011 and in a few months time I grew to 70 regular readers (most of whom I am related to). In December 2011, I wrote a post called "Overachieving Elf on the Shelf Mommies." It sat dormant for a week and then suddenly out of nowhere it went viral. (Don't ask me how. I wish I knew. If I did, I'd do it every single day. Right?) Over night I gained several thousand followers on Facebook. At last check I had over 800,000 with my two Facebook pages combined. Since then I've worked really hard to entertain my readers and to keep people coming back for more.
I live in Kansas. It doesn't blow as much as you would think. I've lived in New Jersey, New York, Iowa, and Illinois before and I can say that Kansas isn't the worst place I've lived.
This blog is called People I Want to Punch in the Throat not Rainbows and Unicorns. I'm a funny writer who was once described as "acerbic with a surprising warmth." I like that description a lot, so I keep using it. I've also been described as Erma Bombeck - with f-bombs. Erma would hate that, but I think that's high fucking praise. If you don't have a sense of humor and you can't laugh at yourself, then this isn't the place for you. Thanks for stopping by, but don't waste your time leaving in a huff, it just makes me want to hire a band to see you out the door.
I write a lot and it can be a bit overwhelming. If you're not sure where to start reading, try Jen's TOP 11 Favorite Posts, these aren't the most popular, but they're my favorites.
I won a 2014 Bloggie Award (Best Parenting Blog) and was a Finalist for the 2013 Bloggie Awards (Best Parenting Blog and Weblog of the Year).
I've been published on Huffington Post, Headline News, Scary Mommy, and a bunch of other places.
I've done a lot of speaking and I really enjoy it. I've spoken at numerous conferences and events around the country, including BlogHer, Mom Summit 2.0, Blog U, Idaho Writer's Guild, Missouri Writer's Guild, and more.
I do write sponsored content occasionally, but only for brands I really, really like. I like to work with brands that are a good fit for me and my audience. A couple of the brands I've worked with are Responsiblity.org, Hallmark/Shoebox, and Enell. (All of my favorite things: booze, sarcasm, and supportive bras.)
PS. If you like what I've written, PLEASE feel free to share the link. But DON'T cut and paste the entire blog post on your blog or anywhere else and THEN link back to me. I am so not cool with that.
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