Disclaimer: The author–Holland C. Kirbo–provided me with an ARC ebook copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.
THEY SLAY ME
Holland C. Kirbo
SEPTEMBER 3, 3019
Ebook: 229 pages
Publisher: Illadian Publishing, LLC (September 1, 2019)
Genre: Nonfiction, Memoir
Buy On: Amazon
Holland C. Kirbo has learned a lot in her fourteen years of raising triplets, perhaps the most profound is that two lawyers should never breed. Laugh along with her stories of her children putting her on the spot, nearly bringing church to a stop, and making mortifying (and loud) observations about the world and people around them as well as their growing pains, independence hits and misses, hilarious conversations, vacation frustrations, and more. You’ll be holding your sides in stitches!
They Slay Me is a comical story of one mother’s experience raising triplets. From infancy, to terrible twos, and school kids, and beyond, Holland brings the reader along for her story of raising her three same-age children and the adventures that went long with them–triple the trouble and triple the comedy.
Memoirs are my favorite category of non fiction to read. Hands down. There is something about reading about someone else’s life that compels me.
Anyway, Holland C. Kirbo’s book reminded me why I like them so much. They Slay Me was such a joy to read–it was both humorous and entertaining.
The author had an awesome writing style, and kept you wrapped up in the story. She explained all the “scenes” in such an expertise way that I could experience them with her. The way she described her triplets’ questions, explanations, interruptions, demands, and just their speech, kept me laughing the whole time.
I have been kept very busy with loads of reading lately, and therefore, was feeling a little deflated, so They Slay Me was the perfect book to read. It picked me up, brought a smile back to my face, and gave me that “good feeling” that I always love experiencing after reading a book. What I loved even more, was that it was a nonfiction book, so I could experience that about real-life humans–not fictional ones.
I did not want the book to end, and was so sad when I reached the end! I would totally read this again and defiantly recommend it. They Slay Me is the perfect rainy day, sunny, day, snowy day, and everything-in-between read!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Holland C. Kirbo is the author of the Amazon Best-Seller A FLAME IN THE NIGHT and SWORD AND SHIELD, the first two books in her young adult Christian fantasy series, THE LEGENDS OF AEWYR. She is also the author of the memoir TRIPLE TREASURES: OUR JOURNEY FROM INFERTILITY THROUGH THE FIRST YEAR WITH TRIPLETS.
Holland is a Double Dawg, having received both her undergraduate business degree and her law degree from the University of Georgia, and she’s convinced Athens, GA is the most fabulous place this side of heaven. After graduating from law school, she clerked for a federal district judge then worked for over a decade as in-house corporate defense counsel for a publicly traded company. A few years ago, she retired from her successful legal career to focus on her family and her writing.
She’s known to her family and friends as Holly, to her husband as Holls, and to her children as Mama, Mom, Moooooooooooooooom, and, on occasion, Mother (imagine exasperated eye roll and classic huff of testy adolescent). Today, she spends most of her time raising her fourteen-year-old triplets (two boys and a girl) and writing. She’s forever hauling her very active teens all over creation. They keep her on her toes and on the go, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. She lives in Southwest Georgia with her husband, kiddoes, and five pets.
Link to author’s website: https://www.hollandckirbo.com
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be? Don’t be scared to take a leap of faith. Follow your dreams. Give writing a novel a try. Do it sooner rather than later so that regret doesn’t fester within you. Have faith in yourself and your dream!
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
I’m self-published. I think self-publishing my first book made me more aware of the need to be sure there were no (or as little as possible) errors in my writing, including things like grammar, misspelled words, formatting problems. These things can turn off a reader. For example, too many errors can stop a reader cold and take them out of the world you are trying to build for them. Readers can be wary of taking a chance on self-published books because they worry the quality of the writing isn’t as good. This isn’t necessarily a fair perception, but I have read self-published books that looked like they’d never been proofed a single time. That’s why I strive to ensure my books have been proofread numerous, and I mean numerous, times before I finally publish them.
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
I’m not an English major, and I don’t have a degree in creative writing. I’m a lawyer by trade. Lawyers have to write a lot, but it’s a completely different type of writing than creative writing. So, the best thing I did before attempting to write a novel was to buy all kinds of books on the novel writing process. I read them voraciously, and they really helped me strengthen my creative writing skills and avoid pitfalls that new writers often inadvertently fall into.
What does literary success look like to you?
For me, literary success is publishing or self-publishing my latest novel or memoir (about my struggles with infertility and my life raising triplets). It’s not about money for me but a sense of accomplishment in my writing.
How many hours a day do you write?
It depends. When I’m really into writing the bones of the book, I can write all day. Kind of like a stream of consciousness flow that I have to get down before it disappears. Well, I should clarify. I can write all of the day during which my kids are in school or otherwise occupied during the summer. When I’m tightening up the book and proofreading, I usually spend anywhere from 3 to 5 hours a day.
What period of your life do you find you write about most often? (child, teenager, young adult)
For my memoirs, it’s definitely the age of 30+, basically motherhood.
What is your most unusual writing quirk?
I don’t write by an outline. I’ll have a general idea of my story arc and how I want the novel to end, but for me, the bones of the story flow from my brain as I sit and write.
What is the funniest typo you’ve ever written?
In my first novel, I originally used “whelp” when I mean “welt.” A kind reader pointed out the error to me in a comment, and I immediately changed it. Given I meant to described a swollen area of the skin but actually used the word for the offspring of a dog, I thought this was kind of funny.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was a young child, around 8, and would write a summary of what had happened in my world over the last month. I called it the Homestreet Journal and sold it to my parents for a quarter. I’ve always loved to write and am thrilled to be able to follow my dream of writing and publishing novels and memoirs.
What’s next for you?
I’m currently working on and almost finished with a Christian speculative fiction novel tentatively entitled When Angels Fear: The Race for Heaven. It’s set in a heavenly realm and involves Lucifer, three young humans, a cast of angels, an enigmatic lion, a prophecy, and a thrilling race to save heaven and the world from Lucifer’s attempt to jumpstart Armageddon. I’m looking forward to publishing it when it’s done!
This giveaway is going to be run the same way that my previous giveaway was done. Here are the instructions: the way this giveaway works is that you MUST either LIKE this post or COMMENT on it to be entered into the raffle. The people who both like AND comment will be entered twice to win a FREE ebook copy of They Slay Me (formats are available in .mobi, .epub, and PDF)! The winner will be chosen September 20, 2019 at 12:00 PM MST. (I have an app that randomly picks a name as a winner–there are no favorites :)) I will announce the winner on my blog shortly after. ONLY ONE WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN!
I really enjoyed reading this book, doing this interview, and hosting this giveaway! Thank you so much Holly, for giving me this opportunity and sharing your entertaining story with me!’