Jill Fales' warm and relatable writing style makes her readers think, laugh cry, and ultimately feel inspired. As a mother of four, she recognizes the humor and quiet gifts hidden in the frenzied pace of motherhood. Her musings about not only parenting, but also life in general have created a cadre of followers that includes moms, dads, grandparents, single people, teachers, and others who just feel comforted by having a "mom's voice" in their lives.
"My Laundry Museum & Other Messy Gifts of Motherhood" will be available in paperback, and for kindle and nook on October 15th www.Jillfales.com, and on Amazon. All are invited to attend the book launch and signing on Monday, Oct. 15, from 6-8pm at the Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop at 234 E 17th street in Costa Mesa.
Also available for purchase: the adorable and original Laundry Museum glass jars which come with a cute instruction card inside: "...You are the creator and the curator...Look no further than your family member's pockets before each load. Whether you find a handful of change, the fortune from a cookie, a golf tee, or a gum wrapper, drop it in and watch the unique collection begin to grow! Your laundry museum is also a symbol: Strive to always seek meaning in the mundane, magic in the moment."
Laundry Museum Jar and book will be available for purchase together ($22) as a gift set or separately. Book -$12.95 Jar -$10.00
Jill was raised in Newport Beach, and now lives with her husband and children, dog and guinea pig in Costa Mesa. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Human Development and a Masters in Education. In addition to being a published columnist and freelance writer, Jill is a teacher in every sense of the word. Before becoming a parent, she was a classroom teacher, she has taught Mommy and Me sign language classes throughout Orange County and has organized and operated children's book clubs. Most recently, she homeschooled her four kids while driving across America for three months. Her blog of The Great American Field Trip (www.thegreatamericanfieldtrip.blogspot.com)
Jill was a finalist in the Erma Bombeck Writing Competition, Humor Category and Winner of the "My Gutsy Story" contest on Author Sonia Marsh's Gutsy Living Blog.
Jill is available to speak on a variety of topics related to parenting and can tailor her lectures to fit any Mom's Club, church, synagogue or school group: In her speaking, as in her writing, Fales skillfully weaves humor into poignant messages.
Most recently Jill spoke at the Signal Hill Library where she received the following feedback, "Some of the audience even commented that they enjoyed this author talk the most of all those they have attended and we've been hosting them for over 10 years!" - Denise Damrow, President, Friends of the Signal Hill Library.
Quotes from My Laundry Museum & Other Messy Gifts of Motherhood
"At this point in my life, I am fairly certain I would not be able to score above 300 on the math portion of the SAT, but I can figure out how to split the last pudding cup four ways."
"Owning a goldfish is a rite of passage every child must experience. Not to be outdone by the passage of the goldfish itself."
"Every mom needs one phenomenal ally whose parenting style matches her own, who lacks judgment. Who doesn't flinch when you have Lucky Charms in your kitchen cupboard or cuss in front of your kids."
"You have to have nerves of steel to run for class president in middle school. Opening yourself up for (perceived) rejection, failure or embarrassment makes it that much harder since all the candidates and their constituents are suffering from chronic puberty."