The Consulting Writer

aka The Frazzled Mom


By Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley


Has it been months since you’ve read a book with actual adult words that had nothing to do with farm animals or superheroes or going potty? Well then, it’s time to take a break. Pour yourself some wine. Put on your comfy pants. All good? Ok, welcome to the party.

Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley, the creators of #IMOMSOHARD, know that you probably didn’t get to shower today and that the last thing you need is more advice on how to be a better parent. Instead, they invite you to join their laugh-out-loud, best friend banter on the eighty bajillion ways moms give their all every day—including:






Come for the laughs, stay for the kinship with two friends who are just getting it right, getting it wrong, and leaning on each other for a laugh at the end of the day. They don’t care if your house is a mess and they won’t judge you if you pee a little when you sneeze. So kick back, relax, and enjoy. You deserve it.

About the Authors

Kristin grew up in a small town in the middle of Nebraska where she learned that working hard and laughing harder is the best way to live life. After graduating from the University Of Nebraska in Lincoln she ventured out to Los Angeles where she started working as a actress, comedienne, writer, teacher and bartender. She met her friend Jen, the other gal on the cover of this book, while drinking beers in the parking lot of a run-down comedy theater. After 15 seconds, they became besties and soon realized that they were both from Nebraska! Soon after, they both met their now husbands, had a couple of babies, found themselves completely overwhelmed and started a web series called #IMOMSOHARD. Turns out there are a lot of moms/women out there who feel the same. This is Kristin’s first book but not her last as the material only gets better and the kids age up. Thanks for reading!

Jen Smedley has been writing and performing comedy for 25 years, beginning as a stand-up and improviser for a “teen night” at an Omaha, Nebraska comedy club. After performing with a nationally touring improv group for 10 years, Jen moved to Los Angeles where she studied comedy at the Second City Training Center and The Groundlings School, eventually becoming a cast member of The Groundlings Sunday Company. Jen has written and performed for television, commercials, and even as a professional tweet writer and joke writer. Jen has created and produced multiple comedy series for online networks and is currently developing the pilot she co-wrote and created with Kristin Hensley, #IMomSoHard, for Warner Brothers television. She also moms hard in real life.

Let’s be honest, if you’re a mom, you’re busy. So the audiobook might be a better option…that is if you can hear it over the whining and crying. So face the truth. The only way you’re going to be able to read this book is if you lock yourself in the bathroom. And even then, they’ll probably call for you in seconds of disappearing or try to take a peek from under the door to get your attention. I can see the little fingers now… But it’s worth it. If you’ve ever wondered if other moms had insecurities, problems physically, or emotionally, you’ll want to read this book. I remember crying after the birth of my son. My husband would come home and find me in this state. With concern, he’d ask “What’s wrong?” My response? I was tired of crying for no reason. And then I’d cry some more. *sigh* These ladies are painfully honest about their experiences, ones that I found similar to my own. And while I had never talked about them with another mother, it was nice to finally read that I wasn’t alone. They don’t present these truths in a clinical fashion, but rather one mixed with a lot of humor and encouragement for the reader. I think that’s what I appreciate the most. There was some language that went along with the humorous stories. I mention this because this can be a problem for readers. And there are stories that are detailed, no holds barred. So if you don’t want to know the intimate details of what a mom may experience during or shortly after birthing a baby, then this book might not be for you. But if you’ve ever wondered what a mom might have experienced during that time, then this book might be helpful…at least in the way of knowing that you’re not the only one to have had that issue. This is in no way a clinical book, so if you’re seeking medical advice, I’d recommend going to your doctor. These ladies are not doctors, but they are, ahem, humerus. 😉  I received a complimentary copy from HarperCollins. The honest opinions in this review are my own.

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