A Recalcitrant Wife and Mother Tells All

FINALLY! The secret to a great interview…

"You Have Lipstick on Your Teeth" cover 250x335I’ve been pounding the pavement a lot lately doing a media blitz to promote In The Powder Room’s new humor anthology, “You Have Lipstick on Your Teeth.”  (Which is now available for purchase on ALL THE THINGS.)

Just between us chickens, it has been a very eye-opening experience.

The thing is, I really love to write. Writing is my jam, yo.

But talking? With my mouth? To other people? About myself? Eh… not so much.

You see, when I talk, especially about myself, I usually say the wrong things. Sometimes I can actually see the words tumbling out of my mouth while my brain is shouting in slow-motion, “Nooooooooooooooooooooooo. ABORT ABORT ABORT. SELF DESTRUCTION MODE ACTIVATED.”

It often feels a little like this…

It’s a self confidence thing.

Which is why I prefer to write. When I write things out, I have more control and I can take my time, carefully deliberating about the words I choose. I feel like I make fewer mistakes when I can take my time, think things through, and use my delete key at will.

But to be a successful author these days, writing and publishing your book is just the beginning. It’s the marketing that will make or break you. And that requires a lot of talking and self-promotion which to me, feels SO WEIRD… like wearing someone else’s shoes.

Fortunately, I’m one stubborn so’mbitch, and not the sharpest knife in the drawer, which makes me like a honey badger with a vengeance when it comes to mastering a new skill. I’m also pretty darn good at surrounding myself with awesome people to make up for my myriad shortcomings.

And that’s how I met writer Norine Dworkin-McDaniel and
illustrator/web developer Jessica Ziegler, the creative geniuses behind the Science of Parenthood blog, which is the most entertaining and original combination of science, parenting, humor, and illustrations I have ever seen.

Science of Parenthood Distance to Deuce Ratio

Seriously – how awesome is that? (And it’s not all poop humor…this one just happens to be my favorite because I’m twisted like that.)

After hitting it off at BlogHer last summer, Norine and Jessica invited me to do a phone interview with them; and unlike some of the other verbal diarrhea live interviews I’ve done lately, Norine and Jessica transcribed our conversation, trimmed all my extraneous blather, and then waved a strawberry-scented magic wand over it to make me look WAY more articulate than I really am, while miraculously managing to keep it humorous and fun. It is my most favorite interview to date. 

And they even made me my own custom Science of Parenthood illustration as a party favor! #swoon

Read Leslie Marinelli at the Science Of Parenthood

And that, my friends, is my newly discovered secret to doing a really great interview: choose really great INTERVIEWERS! Who would have thunk it?!

So please, go check out this wonderful interview, and follow Norine and Jessica on Facebook, Twitter, and their blog for more hilarious illustrations and observations about the never-ending comedy that is parenthood and life in general. They brighten my day on a daily basis and they’ll brighten yours too.



  1. Jenn @ Something Clever 2.0

    That WAS a great interview.
    P.S. You look fabulous as a cartoon.

  2. L. Hewitt

    I watched all 3 minutes and forty nine seconds of that no. All of your interviews have been great, but, this is by far, the best. Muah.

  3. julie gardner

    You killed that interview, Leslie.
    And you look HAWT in an animated beard.

    But considering you’d rather write than talk, you still did yourself (and the lipstick book) proud!

    p.s. There are many things I’d rather do with my hands than my mouth, too. Ahem.

  4. Bethany @ Bad Parenting Moments

    Amazing. I love those ladies too!

  5. whencrazymeetsexhaustion

    I heart Norine and Jessica! Smunny (smart/funny) ladies make me swoon. Must be why I dig you so much 😉

    GREAT interview, honey badger.

  6. One Funny Motha

    Love Norine. Will check it out.

  7. Norine of Science of Parenthood

    The REAL secret of a great interview is having a captivating person to talk with. And Leslie is all that — and a bag o’ chips (baked, not fried).
    It also helps to have a fantastic book to talk about. Win-win. As they say.

  8. Amy

    When Jessica does an illustration of me, I’ll know I’ve arrived! So awesome!

  9. Snappy

    What a kick-ass interview! Favorite line, “I desperately needed a way to connect with the world that didn’t involve my nipples.” Hahaha. I’m so glad you started blogging in 2008!

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