Hi, I’m Kim Stagliano , your Wednesday Deb and author of All I Can Handle I’m No Mother Teresa: A Life Raising Three Daughters with Autism (Skyhorse.) I’ve been a Deb Ball fan for years and am knocked out to be part of the 2011 class. Congrats to my fellow Debs, best wishes to the class of 2010, and thanks to all of the readers who’ve made this site a success.
My book is a “Kimoir” (memoir makes me feel O-L-D) and sure to make you laugh, even if you have to grab a tissue once or twice while you read. I started writing in 2003 when my husband Mark was out of work. It was cheaper than therapy and healthier than overdoing the cocktail hour, if you know what I mean. Mark and I live in Fairfield County, Connecticut and have three beautiful daughters – who have an autism diagnosis. Mia is 15, Gianna is 14 and Bella is 9. Our lives are anything but typical, never boring (how I long for boredom!) and often upside down and inside out.
One of the first writers I met online was the fabulously funny Jenny Gardiner, 2009 Debutante. She introduced me to loads of writing sites and blogs including The Debutante Ball, Miss Snark the anonymous literary agent (oh come back, Miss Snark!) and Backspace.
We’re supposed to share a few fun facts about ourselves. 1) I can raise one eyebrow, like John Belushi in Animal House; 2) I tend to look like The Runaway Bride in photographs because I have Cookie Monster sized eyes; 3) I was on QVC twice as a demo model for my husband’s company. I ironed on a German ironing board and demonstrated a cake box with freezer packs in the base. It’s a lot harder than it looks!
As the autism rates continue to climb to ever frightening heights, there”s scarcely a reader here who doesn’t have a family member or friend facing the challenges of the diagnosis. My book is a glimpse into day to day life (a la Erma Bombeck) and will help you understand what the diagnosis does to and means for families, and how you can help. We chose a November 1st debut date so that the book would be available for the holidays.
The opening line of my introduction is, “Oh God, not another book about autism.” Then I make this promise: You won’t need a Prozac to read it. See you next Wednesday!
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