Video: Erma Bombeck Closed Her Door – An Interview with Andy Bombeck

By Dave Fox
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Erma Bombeck is one of America’s great comedic icons. Her syndicated humor column focused on the tribulations of the American housewife. She gave a voice to a demographic the media had largely ignored. I still remember watching her on television in my grandmother’s kitchen in Rochester, Minnesota, when I was a child.

Erma Bombeck (1927-1996) wrote from home. Sometimes, it became a collaborative effort. (Photo courtesy of the Dayton Daily News archives, Wright State University.)

Erma wasn’t just hilarious; she was also prolific. Between 1969 and 1996, she cranked out a staggering 4,000 newspaper columns, as well as 15 books (12 of which became bestsellers) … all while working from home and raising three kids.

How did she manage to do all of that? I spoke recently via Skype with Erma Bombeck’s son, Andy, about how his mother managed to be so freaking productive while raising a family.

In this video, Andy also talks about what his childhood was like, being raised by a mother who wrote about her family every week, and how his mother’s newspaper columns were sometimes a collaborative effort.

This interview with Andy Bombeck is a free sample lesson from my online writing workshop, “The Psychology of Writing 2: Defeat Distractions and Write More.” If you’d like to watch the full two-hour course (broken into short, easy-to-digest lessons for busy people), scroll past the video for some special discount coupons.

Watch the Interview Here


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This video is an excerpt from my online workshop,”The Psychology of Writing 2: Defeat Distractions and Write More.” Part one in the series explores other challenges writers face, such as writer’s block and perfectionism, and teaches you how to write more confidently.

These workshops usually cost US $20 each, but you can follow these links for special deals: Get either of the two courses for a 30 percent discount (pay $14 per course) – or buy both at the same time and pay half price – $20 for both.

These links will also take you to longer course descriptions and more free sample lessons. The courses come with a 30-day money-back guarantee. You can do them at your own pace whenever you have time.

The material in the two workshops is completely different. If distractions such as facebook, family, or phone calls are a bigger challenge for you than writer’s block and perfectionism, you can jump into course number two without having done the first one.

(And to learn more about Erma Bombeck and the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, visit


But wait! There’s more!
Want special deals on Dave’s humor and travel writing courses as well? You’ll find more info and discount coupons for all of his online writing courses here!



Published on Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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