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Stacey Roberts is Back: Meet Trailer Trash With A Girl’s Name: Father Figures

October 27, 2017
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His long awaited sequel to Trailer Trash with a Girl’s Name (TTWGN) has finally arrived. We at HO are so proud of this funny, poignant writer and his new book Trailer Trash with a Girl’s Name: Father Figures.  We are helping him get the word out on his new installment about his “adventurous” childhood.

Book description: We all blame our parents to some extent for the misfortunes of our childhood. Stacey Roberts can’t ever quite forgive his mother for giving him a girl’s name. And that was just the beginning.

Roberts detailed the family’s five-year adventure in their unpredictable Winnebago in his previous novel. Now, his free-spirited mother, entitled older brother, criminal stepfather, and trusty old Winnebago are all back for the next chapter in his story.

Machetes at the breakfast table, shooting grapefruit for sport, and a dogged police detective get the story rolling, along with trailer park bullies and his mother’s daily menu from hell.

Through his work, Roberts explores the relationships between parent and child and shows how he broke away to pursue a new life with the new family he created. It was not easy, and Roberts faced unbearable loss through the years. Nevertheless, this candid, charming adventure shows how he cherished the journey.

 

Give us an idea of what Stacey Roberts has been doing since the successful launch of your first book?

A lot’s happened. My kids graduated and went to college and moved away, I met a girl and got married, and we got a dog!

 

Did you know you would always write this sequel or did something prompt you to take on this task?

I always knew I would write this sequel. I had a lot of material left over from the first book, and I wanted this one to be more serious. There were definitely stories I had left to tell.

This book has so much of the same Laugh-out-loud moments as your first book, but also some touching and serious moments.  Was it difficult to reveal some of the less funny moments? 

It was hard to write, because I wanted to make sure I told them well, and properly served the people they are about. I discovered the hard way that we are the sum of the good times and bad, and that humor and tragedy often mix. Especially when it comes to remembering those who have passed. Storytelling is a great way to remember people and make sure they are always by our side. “Remember that time the car broke down?” or “You know what he would say if he was here.”

These are true stories from your life. Did you worry about how family and friends would take these stories?

At times. I looked at  how other writers handled it – David Sedaris, Dave Barry and others. The bottom line is that no one (except my mom) said I was wildly off-base in my stories.

 Although this book is humor is there a message or a lesson you want people to learn? As a father, was there something you wanted your own children to take from this book?

Family is important, and it’s not always the one you’re born into. My father left home when I was five, and an undercurrent of my life has been a quest to find father figures. I was lucky to find more than one, and  have made my life better. Most importantly, they made me a better father. Being a parent, being a good friend, being a good spouse are the holiest of callings. It’s important to do it properly. It may be the only thing anyone remembers about you when you’re gone.

 Do you have long-term plans as a writer? If so, what do you see yourself working on in the future?

My next book, Rain Songs, is half done. It is a mainstream suspense/thriller novel. It’s my take on what could have happened when President Kennedy was assassinated, and my plan is to make it the first book in a series. I also have another series planned around a young, retired US Vice President who starts solving crimes with his alcoholic Secret Service agent. Although these books will be more action-packed, the humor will never be far away.

We will have more news about Stacey Roberts and his new book!  Both Trailer Trash With a Girl’s Name and  Trailer Trash with a Girl’s Name: Father Figures are available on Amazon.

Donna Cavanagh

Donna Cavanagh is founder of HumorOutcasts.com (HO) and the partner publishing company, HumorOutcasts Press which now includes the labels Shorehouse Books and Corner Office Books (HOPress-Shorehousebooks.com). As “den mother” to the more than 100 aspiring and accomplished writers, producers, comics and authors, Cavanagh’s goal is to allow creativity to flow. She is a former journalist who made an unscheduled stop into humor more than 20 years ago. Her syndicated columns helped her gain a national audience when her work landed in the pages of First Magazine and USA Today. She teaches the how-to lessons of humor and publishing at conferences and workshops throughout the country including The Philadelphia Writers’ Conference and Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop. The author of four humor books, Cavanagh hopes her latest book, How to Write and Share Humor: Techniques to Tickle Funny Bones and Win Fans, will encourage writers not only to embrace their humor talents but show them off as well.

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3 Responses to Stacey Roberts is Back: Meet Trailer Trash With A Girl’s Name: Father Figures

  1. October 28, 2017 at 5:42 am

    Sounds like a great read!

  2. October 27, 2017 at 9:22 am

    This is even better than the first book if possible. I recommend that all readers get the first book and this one at the same time so you get a seamless transition to the stories!

  3. October 27, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Thanks, all! This is great!



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