Thursday, November 10, 2011

Lacy Camey


Lacy Camey is a fiction writer and lives in Houston, Texas with her musician/producer/songwriter husband, Joel, and has a cat who acts like a dog, named Blue. When she isn't writing, or collaborating with her husband, she enjoys being outside, running, working out, reading, cooking, is a huge movie buff and loves watching reality shows on Bravo, especially The Real Housewives franchise. She loves having fun, enjoying the life God has given her and loves to encourage others to follow their bliss. She secretly dreams of going on the Amazing Race with her husband on CBS but is still trying to convince him to audition. Every book written by Lacy Camey purchased by others, a portion goes to supporting an orphanage in Southern America. Lacy has plans to build an orphanage very soon with proceeds from her books. You can stay updated on the process at her blog at www.lacycameywrites.com.

Lacy would love to stay in contact with her readers. Feel free to visit her blog and website at www.lacycameywrites.com or follow her on twitter @lacycamey or e-mail: lacycameywrites (at) gmail (dot) com


The Last Page (Livin, Loving, And Laughing Again)
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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Rick Gualtieri

In the latter part of the 20th century, Rick Gualtieri was born. The world as a collective said 'meh' and thus he began his journey through a life filled with all sorts of quirks and oddness. What better thing to do than write about it? Rick Gualtieri is the author of:

The Poptart Manifesto: a collection of humorous short stories
Bill The Vampire: the first in a series of horror/comedy adventures.
Scary Dead Things: the continuation of the series started in Bill The Vampire

Rick currently lives in NJ, a good place to be for people like him.

Interview with Rick:

What are your favorite humor books?
--I’ve always liked dark humor, so instead of reading straight comedy I’ve usually looked for the humor inside of other genres. Just to name a few; even though you might not be looking for it, there are quite abit of laughs to be had from authors such as Jim Butcher and Stephen King. I also tend to read a lot of internet based humor. Mostof the writers I enjoy reading there aren’t as well known but they’re every bit as funny if not more so. For example I usuallycan’t read anything by Sean Reilly, aka seanbaby, on either cracked.com orseanbaby.com without being reduced to tears.

How much of your humor is based on real lifeexperiences?
--A fairly good amount I’d say. My first book, The PopTart Manifesto, is a collection of short stories from mycollege years. I’d say a good eighty percent of them actually happened in some form or another. Moving forward with my other books it’s been a mix. Some if from real life and some is just made up, often on the fly.

Do you feel being digitally epublished allows you to be more creative with your writing choices?
--I think the key here is the time to market for epublishing vs. traditional publishing. It allows me to tell a story and get it out there before it starts to feel “stale.” With epublishing I’m on my own schedule. I can get new works out there as quickly asthey can be written and properly edited and they can be of any length. So if I wake up one day with a killer short story idea...then BAM, it could be out there for readers in comparatively little time.

If they made a movie out of one of your books,what actors would play the main characters?
--For Bill the Vampire this is an easy one. A friend once told me that the story read like Superbad with vampires. That sounded absolutely perfect to me. Thus we’d have Jonah Hill as Bill with Michael Cera and Christopher Mintz-Plasse as his roommates. Emma Stone might make for a killer Sally (the vampire who drags Bill into the whole mess) too.

If people just judged your books by their covers, what would they miss out on?
--I just recently relaunched Bill the Vampire with 2 new covers, one for e-books and one for the print version. They set the mood for book SO much better than my original cover did. I like to hope that my covers set the tone ofthe book. In the case of my Tome of Bill series that’s a little bit of horror coupled with a little bit of the absurd. I would hope that people would read the book’s description too as I think they go hand in hand. Minus the description, it would be hard to geta sense of the characters and the dialogue to expect.

What's the funniest part of your everyday life?
--I try to find amusement in almost any situation, sometimes inappropriately so. Thus I usually have no problems making myself laugh. Although the humor for an outsider looking in would probably revolve around how often I tend to annoy the people around me in doing so.

If www.theonion.com wrote a fake headline about your life, what would it be?
--Rick finally puts down his iphone, one of the seven seals has thus been broken.

If you weren't writing humorous books, whatwould you be doing for a living?
--Well I’m an online marketing / e-commerce manager by trade. So I guess I could always fall back on that. Regarding the writing I also have a fondness for the horror and sci-fi genres. My next work will be dipping my toes into the former and seeing how the water feels. However, I doubt I’ll ever write anything without at least a few jokes thrown in.

Why don't you think there's more humorous books out there?
--While there are tons of comedy movies out there, I think in print most people tend to find it easier to do humor is relatively small stretches. We’re talking short stories or humor anthologies where the author can switch topics from chapter to chapter. I think for a lot of people it’s difficult to write a full length humor novel without it either getting boringor devolving into slapstick. I alsothink the audience for humor is far more niche based than for other genres. We all have different senses of humor. What I find hilarious you might find dry or moronic. Thus I’m sure there’s always that fear of writing a humor book because we can never be entirely certain that our audience will “get it.”

What's next for your fans?
--The newest book I’m working on is a Horror/adventure novel revolving around the efforts to stop a killer Sasquatch. It’s a story I’vehad percolating in my head for a while and so far it seems to be coming along nicely. I’m finding wholesale slaughter to be just as enjoyable to write as jokes. Not sure what that says about me as a person, but whatever. After that, I’ll be hopping back into my Tome of Bill series for the third book. For anyone who has read the first two, if they think the stuff has hit the fan for my characters...they ain’t seen nothing yet.


Bill The Vampire
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The Poptart Manifesto
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Romi Moondi

I am Canadian and I am disturbed. How so, you ask? Well here is an abridged autobiography:

-I wore denim-top-to-bottom in high school (there is a direct inverse relationship between how much denim I wore and how few tongues were launched down my throat at school dances...or anywhere in high school at all).

-I'm continually baffled by that Malaysian baby whose father let him smoke two packs of cigarettes a day. That baby had so many fat rolls, and I thought cigarettes were supposed to be slimming.

-I always hated those insufferable couples who would cuddle and make out on the subway...until I became half of one. But now I'm back to being none of one so I hate them again.

I also love writing. Humorous essays, humorous novels with heart, screenplays (just started that this year, advanced in some contests, having a blast with it), and really random weird sort of stuff.

To discuss this or other topics of your interest, you can email me at: romimoondiwriter@gmail.com

Or, to interact in a "public spectacle" way:
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/romimoondi
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/romimoondi

Lukewarm regards (we only just met, after all),

Romi


The Book Of Awful
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NOT Love Poems For Real Life
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Awkward Memoirs From Little India
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Awkward Memoirs From Actual India
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Monday, October 31, 2011

Sheila Horgan

Blessed to be born into a strong Irish American family, Sheila describes herself as 'one of ten', although a recount would be appropriate. The original family unit was once limited to Mom and Dad, and seven brothers and sisters. That unit has grown to include in-laws, nieces and nephews, grandkids and more. It is a family rich in tradition and it shaped every aspect of Sheila's life.

Sheila raised her son, as well as a plethora of other children she calls her own, and now enjoys the title of Grandma.

When asked about her writing, Sheila states, 'I devoted the first phase of my life to my parents and family, the second to my children, this last phase is for me. I love to write, share my somewhat skewed vision of the world, and with luck, make people laugh now and then.'

Sheila is currently living in Tampa Bay Florida, where her 'Tea' series takes place. She will also be publishing a series of papers on her thoughts about parenting, a satirical look at the way parents are dealing with the challenge of raising kids in today's world.

Interview with Sheila:

What are your favorite humor books?
--I like to laugh. The louder the better. I am of the opinion that it is when we forget to laugh that we begin to age much more quickly. I love any book that makes me laugh-out-loud.

How much of your humor is based on real life experiences?
--My books are fiction. That means that I can pick and choose the very best parts of everyone and everything I’ve ever encountered and use it at any given time. I am blessed that I was raised in a home where humor was valued. If you could make my mother laugh, she wouldn’t kill you dead for your latest offense. I’m still here, I must have learned something along the way.

Do you feel being digitally epublished allows you to be more creative with your writing choices?
--I’ve never considered anything but epublishing.

If they made a movie out of one of your books, what actors would play the main characters?
--I have no clue. I can’t remember the last movie I watched that had 20something comedic leads.

What should readers expect from a Sheila Horgan book?
--I believe there are as many answers to this question as there are readers. For me, a book is an escape and an educator. I want a book that will provide me with an experience I’ve not yet been blessed with.

If people judged your books by their covers, what hijinks would they miss out on?
--For the Tea series, all the books have a cup of tea on the front. I love the covers but they do not scream funny. More cozy. I consider my books to be installments in a hybrid of traditional novel and serial novel, looking at life with humor and family, that is not exactly spelled out by a cup of tea.

What's the funniest part of your everyday life?
--Life is good. I’ve raised my kids and am now proud to be a grandma. I have the luxury of being the one that gets to laugh – all the pleasure with none of the responsibility.

If www.theonion.com wrote a fake headline about your life, what would it be?
--The Joke’s on Her.

If you weren't writing humorous books, what would you be doing for a living?
--I was a stay at home mom. My kids are grown. I’m retired.

Why don't you think there's more humorous books out there?
--I think that people have lost the art of stepping outside their own reality and into something fun and funny. In a society that constantly pushes the boundaries of negativity, something positive and fun is not as valued as it once was. Humans are cyclical. Fun will come back into fashion.

What's next for your fans?
--I have the next book in the Tea series about half written. I also have a spin off series, using three of the lesser characters of the Tea series, in a new series called The Girls. The first book, Las Vegas, is about half done. I have also written a completely different style of book called Consequences. It is an emotional roller coaster and is now available on both Kindle and Nook. I am writing the next in that series, Promises, which I hope to have published first quarter next year.


Hot Tea
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Sweet Tea
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Iced Tea
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Green Tea
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Peppermint Tea
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Judi Coltman

Raised in an affluent suburb of Detroit, Judi Coltman grew up in a female heavy household with an urban sense of "normal." Coltman attended Michigan State University, majoring in Journalism until a professor requested she switch majors - "Apparently making a story better with added features isn't acceptable in the news world," Coltman laments.
With a BA in English from Northern Illinois University, Coltman has written for local, regional and national publications.
Most recently, Coltman has been writing a weekly blog called, "My Life in a Nutshell," from where her book material was born. Often compared to Erma Bombeck, Coltman sees the humor in the absurdity of everyday life and then tells anyone who will listen.

Judi Coltman and her husband split their time between northern Illinois and the California desert. Sometimes they even pass each other at the airport.

What are your favorite humor books?
--My favorite humorist was Erma Bombeck. I grew up on her column, I developed my sense of humor through her. I would have to say, my favorite book is "If Life Is A Bowl Of Cherries, Then Why Am I In The Pits?"

How much of your humor is based on real life experiences?
--All of it, every single embarrassing moment was born of something I said, did or experienced.

Do you feel being digitally epublished allows you to be more creative with your writing choices?
--Absolutely. Oh, did you want me to elaborate?

If they made a movie out of one of your books, what actors would play the main characters?
--Well, since the main character is me *blushes* I think Julia Roberts would be a good fit. Others might believe Kathy Bates is better.

What should readers expect from a Judi Coltman book?
--Readers should expect to be entertained. I assume you mean any book. I think if a reader gets something out of a book that generates pleasure (whether that pleasure is a good laugh or a chilling fright) then there is success.

If people judged your books by their covers, what hijinks would they miss out on?
--They would miss out on the time I realized the cute guy I was admiring was a kid I had once car pooled to pre-school. They would miss my most stellar parenting moment when the puberty film was shown at school, teaching my dad about Facebook and what happened when I found a bag of pot on the street. Among other things!

What's the funniest part of your everyday life?
--I live in a small town. Our mayor is a full-time fire fighter, the elementary principal is his Asst. Principal's brother-in-law, my best friend's ex-husband is also her step-brother. I always tell people that while a great place to raise kids, it's like living in a bad tv sitcom.

If you weren't writing humorous books, what would you be doing for a living?
--I guess I'd be writing suspense/thriller novels - cuz, wait for it. . . I already did.

Why don't you think there's more humorous books out there?
--Good question. Perhaps people don't trust their sense of funny. Or perhaps they don't stop to find the humor in their everyday lives. Or perhaps, they would just rather wait for someone else to do the writing.

What's next for your fans?
--I just released my suspense/thriller, In The Name Of The Father but am working on another Humor book, Complex Living, based on the year I spent managing an apartment complex. There are stories and characters there that could fill several volumes! I'm telling you, you can't make that kind of stuff up!


Is It Just Me, Or Is Everyone A Little Nuts?
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Margaret Sleasman

I have many interests, love reading mystery books, anything about tigers, and grandkids (not particularly in that order). I wrote a Bible study and am pretty much unmoveable in my literal biblical view - so don't try. I am attempting to write a couple mysteries one for adults and one for pre-teens. I edited and published a monthly historical newsletter, "The Pacific Northwest Croatian" for seven years and learned much about my people during that time. I have been writing on Helium since July of 2009. I found the humor section and discovered that humor may be my niche, but my first love is writing Christian articles. I have five grandchildren. I have five children, grown - but not grown up. We have a German Shepherd (Kobe)and a pot-belly pig (Porky). Spent 35 years of my life making concrete lawn ornaments. I am Croatian, my husband is German... a family of stubborn, but silly people. That's about it.

Interview with Margaret:

What are your favorite humor books?
--Dave Barry is definitely at the top of the list.

How much of your humor is based on real life experiences?
--Almost all of it. I write clean humor because the other me writes Bible studies and Christian articles.

Do you feel being digitally epublished allows you to be more creative with your writing choices?
--Yes it does; one reason is I cannot afford to self-publish and unless you are Dave Barry, a traditional publisher does not want to take a chance on you.

If they made a movie out of one of your books, what actors would play the main characters?
--Steve Buscemi and Kathy Bates

What should readers expect from a Margaret Sleasman book?
--To laugh alot.

If people judged your books by their covers, what hijinks would they miss out on?
--Well it is a potbelly pig in a party hat (actually our own pet), but it is a corny cover and not striking, so they might think the book is dumber than it is.

What's the funniest part of your everyday life?
--Watching my husband do something stupid that he thinks is smart.

If www.theonion.com wrote a fake headline about your life, what would it be?
--A Crazy woman who lived way too long.

If you weren't writing humorous books, what would you be doing for a living?
--I used to make concrete lawn ornaments, but being as old as I am, anything that requires movement is out of the question.

Why don't you think there's more humorous books out there?
--A lot of humor flops and it is not that it isn’t funny, it is just that one person’s humor is not the same as another person’s so it is a pretty hard sell.

What's next for your fans?
--I am working on a teen mystery set in the mid 1950's; mostly because the mid 50's is where my brain resides.


Twenty Funny Stories -- Book 1
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Twenty Funny Stories -- Book 2
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Twenty Funny Stories -- Book 3
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Twenty Funny Stories -- Book 4
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Twenty Funny Stories -- Book 5
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Twenty Funny Stories -- Book 6
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Sunday, October 30, 2011

PJ Jones

PJ Jones spends her days scrubbing pots, collecting clown figurines and chasing five squealing kids around the house. No, that sounds too pathetic.
She lives on a 70 foot yacht and drinks sparkling wine by her pool while basking in the salty air and communicating with the local dolphins. Too far fetched?

She sits in front of a computer most of the day, writing, deleting, then writing some more, until her butt is numb and her brain is fried. Better?

Prior to becoming a full-time chair warmer, PJ Jones not-so-enjoyed a short stint as a journalist and then seven agonizing...eh blissful years as a high school English teacher. Rest assured that none of her sentences will end with prepositions cuz she studied grammers in that there college and she ain't stoopid.

PJ would LOVE to hear from her readers @ pjjoneswriter@yahoo.com or you can visit her webpage @ www.pjjoneswrites.com

Interview with PJ:

What are your favorite humor books?

--My favorite humor books are books that make me laugh out loud. Think Mykle Hansen's, Help! A Bear is Eating Me! or Romi Moondi's The Book of Awful.

How much of your writing is based on real life experiences?

--I've had some pretty hilarious life experiences. I've also had some pretty awful life experiences. Either way, I find that infusing humor into my day-to-day life helps me get through the tough times.

Do you think that epublishing allows you to try different things you wouldn't if you were strictly traditionally published?

--Yes, I do feel that I can be more creative. Romance Novel was rejected by many publishing houses simply because of the crude nature. I don't have to worry about censorship as an indie author.

If they made a movie out of one of your books, who would it star?

--If they made a movie out of my dark comedy, Driving Me Nuts! I'd sure like to see Owen Wilson or Daniel Tosh play the role of Fred. I think Ben Still could play Ruckus. I'd like Amanda Seyfried to portray Apple.

What should readers expect from a PJ Jones book?

--For my parodies, readers can expect crude and squee your pants funny. If you walk around most of the day with a stick wedged up your a$$, then my parodies are not for you. As far as my comedies are concerned, be prepared for some dark humor, and bring a tissue box because I actually deep, intense moments that may cause you to shed a tear or two.

If readers judged your books by just their covers, what would they miss out on?

--Well, I think my parody covers pretty much tell the readers that outrageous humor is ahead. Bizarre how my artist is usually spot-on with knowing exactly what I want in a cover, as if she's reading my mind.

What's the funniest part of your everyday life?

--The funniest part of my everyday life is that I can get out of bed each morning and go on my day without being in incredible pain or suffering from extreme fatigue. If you would have seen me a few years ago, you'd think that was pretty darned funny.

What would you be doing if you weren't writing humorous books?

--Well, I used to teach high school English to stoodents, but I ain't no good with grammers no more. I think I'd be a reality star (talentless nobody who equates being a selfish b**ch with oscar winning talent). I could have my own show titled: I'M AN IDIOT AND YOU ARE, TOO, SINCE YOU'D RATHER WATCH MY STUPID SHOW, THAN SPEND QUALITY TIME WITH YOUR FAMILY. I could act really trashy and stupid just to jack up ratings. Then, I could get a multi-million dollar book deal through a prestigious NY book publisher and I'd be a writer again.

Why are there so few humor books?

--There are not enough humorous books out there because writing humor is hard, or so they tell me. I think pulling random stupid sh** out of your butt takes a special kind of talent.

What's next for your fans?

--After I finish working on a few paranormal parody short stories, I'm going to write Romance Novel II and another dark comedy. And as always, you can catch me every Friday night at Curiosity Quills (http://curiosityquills.com/) for my humorous paranormal column, Paranormalady. You can also check out my blog @ www.pjjoneswrites.com for links to my books and updates.


The Vampire Handbook
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Melvin the Dry Cleaning Zombie and Vampire Shoe Warehouse
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Romance Novel
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