Meet The Cast: Leslie Marinelli

by jana on April 5, 2014

We are honored, in our inaugural year for our Atlanta show, to have such an amazing cast. We want to introduce you to all of them. They were given a handful of questions to answer so you can get to know them a little better.

Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Leslie Marinelli.

Leslie Marinelli is a writer, wife, mother of three, and transplanted Pittsburgher trapped in the suburbs of Atlanta. She is the Editor-in-Chief of In The Powder Room and blogs at The Bearded Iris: A Recalcitrant Wife and Mother Tells All. Leslie is an Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop Humorist of the Month, a BlogHer Humor Voice of the Year for both 2013 and 2012, and a Babble Top 100 Mom Blogger. She is also the editor and co-author of the #1 Amazon top-rated and best-selling women’s humor anthology, “You Have Lipstick on Your Teeth.” Connect with her on Twitter @TheBeardedIris.

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Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a Jill of All Trades, Master of None. My latest obsession is hula hoop dancing (like pole dancing…in the round), but I’ve been a runner, a wheat grinder, an organizing junkie (sure wish that phase lasted longer), and a certified master composter. I love learning new things and have taught myself everything from crochet to major appliance repair by watching YouTube videos. Honest to Pete, I fixed our broken washing machine last year with only a flashlight, my iPhone, and a single zip tie. (It was a busted lid switch. Saved us about $200 doing it myself!)
I probably need to get out more.

What’s your most favorite piece of writing you’ve ever hit “publish” on?

Other than the piece I’m reading for the LTYM show, my other favorite piece is my essay in the women’s humor anthology I co-authored and edited, “You Have Lipstick on Your Teeth.” The essay is called “Beauty and The Beast: Keeping Abreast of Sibling Rivalry” and it’s all about my lopsided “girls,” Marcia and Jan…and by girls, of course I mean my breasts. And yes, Marcia is indeed much prettier and more popular than Jan, but you’ll have to read the story to get the rest of the dirty details.

As a child, did you listen to your mother? When did you start realizing she may actually know what she’s talking about?

No, I don’t think I’ve ever listened to my mother, and unfortunately for me, she has been right every. damn. time.

Do you listen to your mother now?

No, I still don’t listen to her because I am a slow learner, and apparently I’m a slow learner that I’m a slow learner.

If you have children, what are some things you hope your children take from you, whether you think they’re listening or not?

I hope my children will always know how unconditionally adored they are by their parents and God, and that this will be enough to sustain and protect them for all the days of their lives. That, and may they never lose their appreciation for a well-timed “Pull my finger” joke.

Remember to get your tickets to the show and make plans NOW to attend. Grab your girlfriends, your husband (or wife), your mom, or your neighbor you don’t even know. It’s going to be a show you won’t want to miss. 

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