In the spirit of full disclosure, Laurie Hibberd, now Gelman, debut author of CLASS MOM(Henry Holt) and I worked together as television journalists in Miami. I was even at the table when she first met you-know-who-will-not-be-mentioned-here. But who knew it would lead to “happily ever after, and two darling daughters.” Bottom line, this is Laurie’s rodeo. The point of me writing this is to “say,” I didn’t know Laurie was so funny and clever. Of course, I knew she was talented, but writing a novel, and a laugh-out-loud one at that, is something else! I congratulate you my fellow reformed journalist, turned AUTHOR!
CLASS MOM arrived last year just in time for a new school year. I’m sure moms and some dads, were signing up to be liaisons between teachers and parents. But who ever thought the relationship between a kindergarten teacher and parents could be so cut-throat? CLASS MOM is a smart, delightful read for anyone, especially if you’re considering the position. Beware.
Now we are anxiously awaiting Laurie’s sophomore effort. There’s no title yet, but it will be published in July and once against features “not your average Kansas mom, Jen Dixon.”
Laurie took some time to share Holiday cheer with us.
1. What is your favorite Holiday?
I find the whole December holiday season wonderful. Christmas, Hannukah, and Kwanza meld together and there is something for everyone to celebrate.
2. What do you love about the Holidays?
I love the lights. Whether you live up north and lights are reflected against the snow or in the south where the lights deck the halls of tiki huts, the added beauty in the evening gives the whole season a magical feel.
3. What is your fondest Holiday memory?
When my husband and I were dating, we spent our first Christmas together – he is Jewish so doesn’t celebrate December 25th but he knew I did. So he surprised me Christmas morning by decorating a tree and putting presents under it. I was so touched.
4. What are your wishes for 2019?
Peace and kindness…and that the sequel to Class Mom is a best seller!
Thanks to Laurie we have one signed copy of CLASS MOM to giveaway. Just tell us if you’ve a PTA mom, or participated in your child’s classroom. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.
GIVEAWAY: USA only please.