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My published books are, in reverse order, as follows:
. When Morgan the Bad grew the rest of the way up and became a lawyer and had two little girls, Maggie and Ryan, I wrote a little book about being a grandmother called The Granny Diaries. (I wanted to call it Know When to Hold ‘Em: Playing Your Cards Right as a Grandmother, but the marketing department at Chronicle Books nixed it). It is coming out in March, 2008. I hope it will be the first book for grandmothers that you don’t need an insulin shot to read.
You Know You're a Writer When...

The best gifts come in teeny packages. Adair Lara, who taught us that Normal is Just a Setting on the Dryer , has written a quick and witty read, You Know You're a Writer When..., that'll have writers laughing as they recognize themselves in Lara's list of quirky hallmarks.
You know you're a writer when...

"...All your bedspreads have ink stains on them."
"...You secretly love your own handwriting."
"...You accidentally sign a check with your pen name."

This book, which came out in September, would make a great gift for any writer in your life...even if you are that writer.

How do they know these things?
Posted by Sarah Miller at 11/15/2007 08:02:00 PM
I got this silly little book from one of the gals at work a few weeks ago:
You Know You're a Writer When...
by Adair Lara

It's full of one-liners, and an appalling number of them are true. My favorites so far:

"Writing is the only thing that makes you happy, and you hate writing."

"You secretly love your own handwriting."

"You read the dedications and acknowledgements in every new book to see if there's anyone you know."

"You think people who eat alphabet soup are barbarians."

"A new ream of paper can bring on an anxiety attack."

My first book of columns, Welcome to Earth, Mom, was published in 1992 by Chronicle Books, San Francisco. My second, At Adair's House, More Columns by America's Formerly Single Mom was published May, 1995, also by Chronicle Books. A third book, Slowing Down in a Speeded-Up World, was published January 1994 by Conari Press, and has since been translated into French, German, Spanish, and Korean. It was re-released as Hanging Out The Wash.

The Best of Adair Lara (Scottwall Associates) compiles all the popular and award-winning columns of the past ten years. These are the ones that have been clipped and emailed by countless readers. Most have never before appeared in book form.

March 2008: The Granny Diaries (Chronicle Books)
September 2007: You Know You’re a Writer When (Chronicle Books)
Spring 2007: The Bigger the Sign, the Worse the Garage Sale (Chronicle Books)

2004: Oopsie! Ouchie! (Chronicle Books) a board book for children
2003: Normal Is Just a Setting on the Dryer, and Other Lessons from the Real Real World (Chronicle Books)
2002: Hanging Out the Wash: And Other Ways to Find More in Less
2001: Hold Me Close, Let Me Go (Broadway Books). A memoir.
1996: Best of Adair Lara (Scottwall Associates)
1995: At Adair's House, More Columns by America's Formerly Single Mom (Chronicle Books)
1994: Slowing Down in a Speeded-Up World (Conari Press), later re-released as Hanging out the Wash by Red Wheel.
1992: Welcome to Earth, Mom (Chronicle Books)
1982: History of Petaluma, A California River Town (Scottwall Associates)
(not in print)

Works in Progress
Reviews of the manuscript of Naked, Drunk and Writing
Your insights are terrific and so is your voice:
funny and self-deprecating, ballsy and enthusiastic.
Tracy Johnston, author of Shooting the Boh

This is a really wonderful book. One of the best (and most
helpful) books on writing I’ve read. And unlike most practical
guides, never pedantic or boring.
Janis Newman, author of Mary.

WOW! You’ve got a treasure chest here that’s just brimming with jewels!
--John Leland, professor