Monday, March 9, 2015

The Real Elizabeth Seckman!

I'm so happy to have the marrrvelous Elizabeth Seckman here today. Her son interviewed her and if you have kids, you know how direct and to the point they can be. We all know Elizabeth because of the awesome romances she writes. She has a new one out, by the way.  You can check it out below. But there is no doubt about what's important to Elizabeth...


My son, Cole, interviewed me (his darling sweet mother) for a class he was taking and here's what he came up with...

I was born in Barberton, Ohio...a city south of Cleveland. Moved to Middlebourne (a tiny town without a redlight or a crosswalk) when I was a few weeks old...hence the nickname...Grit...my parents shamefully turned a Buckeye into a Grit.

School years...I practiced basketball...did one year of track in order to stalk their father...found him offensive and berated him for the next three years, then asked him to prom...on to college...went on scholarship, worked as a cashier, a waitress, did some catering (fancy waitressing in heels and a skirt), then went to work as an resident advisor...graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Went to work. Did case management then family preservation for at risk youth...had four kids then quit to raise them.

"Soooo, you ever feel like once you had us, you sort of became, well, just a mom?" Cole asked.

Short answer. YES.

BUT....Nothing in this world compares to being a mom. Raising my kids hasn't been an afterthought. It's not something I've done on my way to something else. If I die tomorrow and I've done nothing more than raise good kids, then I die successful.

"Soooo, if I start using drugs, you're a failure?"

Short answer. NO.

I don't exppect my kids to be perfect. I expect they'll have their share of screw ups.

But as a mom, I will be right there to hold their hands...or put a foot in their butts. I'll do whatever it takes to move them from childhood to adulthood with as few scars and as many advantages as possible.

Cause I am a mom...that's what I do.



The Blurb:

Jo Leigh Harper comes from a long line of trouble-making, white trash stock.
Tanner Coulter comes from a longer line of wealth-creating, blue blood stock.
Jo graduated college top of her class, moving toward a future full of possibilities.
Tanner dropped out of college, trading a law degree for drinking games and one night stands.

A family crisis throws the rich party boy and the poor genius girl together. The attraction is immediate, though neither one is a heart-in-the-sand-drawing believer in true love. But as the summer sun heats up along the shores of the Outer Banks, so does the connection between them. Maybe, just maybe, they can win at love by defying reason.

 
Author Bio:

Elizabeth is a multi-published author of books for people who are believers in happily-ever- after, true love, and stories with a bit of fun and twists with their plots. The mother of four young men, she tackles laundry daily and is the keeper of the kitchen. She lives along the shores of the Ohio River in West Virginia, but dreams daily of the beach. 


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21 comments:

  1. Fun interview between Elizabeth and her son. And congrats on her new book!

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  2. Just a mom? Did you bop him for that?

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    1. Fortunately, this child taught me patience as I raised the always active, always questioning...rotten red head.

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  3. Lol! I just had a similar question (drug one) with my son but on whether he ends up in jail someday if that's my fault. And Alex is right, bop him for the just a mom comment.

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    1. I'd have to tell him if he's old enough to think it's mom's fault...it's his fault.

      Yeah, he's in college now. Stay at home moms aren't always respected among the collegiate crowd.

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  4. And a mom's job is never done even after they leave the nest. Unfortunately, there are times when they are adults that one have to sit back and watch them dig themselves into wells. That's when its hard.

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    1. I hear you Shelly!! I never dreamed I'd lose more sleep when they went off to college as I did when they were newborns. But yeah, you worry and wait to help because they do have to start making their own decisions and sometimes those aren't good ones.

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  5. Perfect mom interview and your son asks good questions. Parenting is the hardest job in the world no matter how many degrees or previous jobs you've had.

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    1. I agree. And the worst part of it is, they live with you, so they know you well enough to really get under your skin.

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  6. Thanks for having me over Gwen! You're a saint to be so patient (I emailed your post to my Aunt Gwen...never just go on the first name). Thanks for the kind words too. I'm all smiles...even if I'm just a mom ;)

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  7. This was funny to see you interviewed by your son. Teens can be direct and my mom said her greatest gift was being a mother which was kinda nice to hear

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  8. You were brave, Elizabeth - I have no idea what my kids would ask, and I'm not sure I'd want to find out!

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    1. I am brave. Our kids don't really see us as humans, so they don't pull punches. They're sort of like book critics in that regard. Hehe.

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  9. Awesome interview. I believe parents that stay at home and really take a good hand in raising their kids are so incredible. It's hard. So hard. I know it! I'll never regret deciding to stay home with my little guy either. :)

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  10. Moms are the best. Love how you take so much pride in being one, Elizabeth!

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  11. I thought he did a great job, and has a lot of respect for you.

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  12. I love your son, actually I love all of your kids, because they're yours! I liked this, short, sweet and to the point! Thanks Gwen for having Elizabeth on your blog today!

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  13. You have to take that "just" out of the sentence and you've got it right, Cole! How lucky to have a mom this dedicated. :-)

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