We are excited to feature Vikki Claflin over the holidays! She is a humor writer, author, public speaker, and former newspaper columnist. Her writing has been featured on the Michael J. Fox Foundation website, Erma Bombeck’s Writer’s Workshop, The Huffington Post, Better After 50, Midlife Boulevard, and Funny Times Magazine. She received a BlogHer14 Voices of the Year award for Humor.
Vikki says she is wonderfully spoiled by the two men in her life, but believes strongly in paying it forward. Also, that the naked happy dance is more effective than medication for most of what ails people! She is happiest at home, surrounded by family and friends, swapping stories over a glass (okay, two . . . ) of red wine, and “laughing ’til our faces hurt.”
Her blog, Laugh-Lines, is about “middle age, modern marriage, and epic fails, and highlights the humorous side of midlife in a world that worships youth.” Her decision to start a blog came as a unified effort from friends and family members who kept nudging her, “along with their laughter and constant, loving badgering, to ‘Write a book!’ “
I started writing my life anecdotes years ago, primarily as a first-person account of my goofy life for my grandkids to read long after my untimely demise. As my son was growing up, whenever yet another “Luuuuucy . . . !” moment would occur, he would look over and dryly comment, “THAT will go in the book.”
Years later, I started facebooking these stories, freely and cheerfully sharing my epic fails and embarrassing moments with a growing list of friends who repeatedly urged me (bless your hearts!) to compile them and “Write a book!” (Hubs says he can’t walk the dog without running into a facebook friend who asks, “Did she REALLY _______??” He just sighs and replies, “You have NO idea . . . ”)
Vikki is now the proud author of the book Shake, Rattle & Roll With It, Living & Laughing with Parkinson’s, a collection of her honest–and hilarious–essays about the ups and downs of life with a chronic illness. She shows us how to laugh at ourselves by first laughing at her, as she unabashedly shares with us her most embarrassing moments in her battle with Parkinson’s.
One fan commented: “She looks at life, the highs and lows, through fun-house mirrors with a twist of hilarity. Even before being handed the dirty end of the stick with a Parkinson’s diagnosis, she’s had her readers giggling and snorting as she faced all the craziness of normal daily life. With the addition of a frustrating, pretty frightening diagnosis, her good humor and natural sense of irony has kicked into high gear! Lucky us: we get the clean end of the stick–and it’s so much fun! Erma Bombeck, move over; you’ve got company!”
Lastly, here are three fun facts about Vikki that people don’t know:
“My dream vacation is a week at a dude ranch. With daily massages.”
“My guilty pleasure is Pop Tarts right out of the box. But only blueberry.”
“I’ve been married three times. But it’s not me. Really, it’s not.”
Lisa Nolan is the editor of several mom lit anthologies including the newly released Mom for the Holidays: Stories of Love, Laughter, and Tantrums at Christmas and Hanukkah.