Monday, January 28, 2013

"I think I invented the term neurotica" - @raeellenlee #memoir

Genre: Memoir
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Lee’s first memoir, I ONLY CUSS WHEN I'M SAILING, (first published as If The Shoe Fits) chronicles her move with husband, Tom, from Montana to the West Coast to live on an old boat, fix it up, learn to sail, and set off for the Caribbean.  In MY NEXT HUSBAND WILL BE NORMAL, Lee and her husband ditch their sailboat and fly to the U.S. Virgin Islands with a down payment for a mom and pop business on St. John. The plan:  when they aren’t sewing canvas bags at their little shop, The Canvas Factory, they’ll be beach potatoes. But there are risks to living in paradise one cannot anticipate, especially on an island where residents bask in the mantra:  You can do anything you want, as long as the rest of us know about it. For soon after unpacking their flip-flops, the husband—a former Republican state legislator with a silver crew-cut and solid traditional values—realizes he is really a she. Convinced the world needs more humor, Lee rations the angst in favor of the picturesque and absurd. Adding heat to the story is a cast of colorful cats, customers, and Caribbean personalities. Toss in a few sex toys, some steel pan music, a pinch of voodoo—and stir.


After blowing around the U.S. and the Caribbean like an erratic weather system, Rae Ellen has settled in beautiful Bellingham, Washington, where she writes, hikes in the North Cascades with her doodle, Sudsie, with sketchbook in hand, and occasionally shares jokes on life and manners with her ex-husband, Rebekah Jane. She has published two linked memoirs featuring healthy doses of humor and neurotica, and two novels. And after 25 years of research, she is preparing to publish a humor book, A Field Guide to Geezers.

Tell us 5 random things about you the person, not the author

1) I once renovated and lived in a haunted former mining camp brothel in Montana.
2) I skied on a glacier near Zermatt, Switzerland, on July 4, 1969.
3) I was once asked, "So, do you make bad choices so you'll have something to write about?"
4) According to a past-life regression, I was an axe-murderer in a former life (but the guy had it coming).
5) I think I invented the term neurotica.

Where to connect online

Twitter:  @raeellenlee
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