Muffy Ferro

It’s hard to believe that best selling author, Muffy Mead-Ferro ever considered her dream to be an author “impossible”. Take a peek into her path to becoming the champion of the “Slacker Mom” and
TodaysMama columnist in our latest Dream Big profile.

Muffy Ferro

City / State
Salt Lake City, UT

What was your big dream?
All my life I’ve wanted to be a writer – to be able to write a book, get it published, and form a connection with readers.

How did you accomplish it?
I think I actually avoided it for the first 20 years of my career because I thought it was the impossible dream! Instead I went to work in advertising as a copywriter, which ended up being great training. Even though I was writing TV commercials, print ads, and brochures, I was writing every day and I was getting used to having most of what I wrote thrown away, and I was certainly getting used to criticism! But the biggest gift was I got over my fear of the blank page.

Where did you find inspiration to get started?
I had my kids, Belle and Joe, less than two years after my mom died in a horse accident. Her death was a shock and a huge loss, and I was so very sad that she wasn’t there to see my children. So I thought about the way she was as a mom — how great she was — all the time. Ultimately I just had to start writing some of it down, to some extent as social commentary about how much our approach to parenting has changed. But my first book, Confessions of a Slacker Mom, was for the most part a tribute to my own mom.

What motivated you to keep going?
It was the revelation that I’d broken through what I’d always thought was an impassable barrier – that I’d actually written a book, and gotten it published, and it had sold well. It turns out it’s just like most things – if you work hard enough and keep at it long enough you suddenly look down and find you’ve crossed the finish line that once seemed impossibly distant.

What’s your next Big Dream?
I am just finishing my third book, not in the parenting or relationship genre. It’s titled One Foot in Wyoming and is basically a childhood memoir but tells a lot about the cattle business in Wyoming. I hope to continue writing books for the rest of my life.

When you were 5 what did you want to be when you grew up?
A cowboy.

What about when you were 15?
A writer.

Now, what do you want to be when you grow up?
A better writer and a better reader.

What book is on your night stand?
White Oleander, borrowed from a friend yesterday. I just tried to read Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs but despite his amazing writing I couldn’t handle the horrendous circumstances of his childhood.

What’s your Guilty Pleasure? (Grey’s Anatomy, Peppermint Mocha Lattes)
Looking for things on eBay that I would (hopefully!) never buy. Everything from huge antique diamond brooches to really valuable Navajo rugs to souped-up old cars.

What song moves you?
You’ll laugh – it’s a song from a Marty Robbins record we had when I was little, called The Streets of Laredo, about a dying cowboy. Heart-breaking.

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