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.


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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.


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Melvin the Dry Cleaning Zombie and Vampire Shoe Warehouse
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Romance Novel
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Red Tash

Red Tash was born in a rain barrel behind the old aluminum barn on the back 40 of her parents’ Indiana homestead. After self-learnin’ herself to spell and type, riding side-saddle on a rusted-out, empty Silgas tank, she ran away from home to join the journalism circus, and began writing comic strips and 100% fabricated horoscopes for a network of local newspapers across These Here United States of America.

Eventually, Red tired of making up corny jokes and telling fortunes, so she retired from the newspaper biz to become a VJ on MTV. You might remember Red spinning out the hits between news reports from Kurt Loder, and the indecipherable jokes made by Downtown Julie Brown.

Then again, you might not.

Because some of the above was false.

The truth:

Red Tash knows that all you really care about is that she writes good stories. She does that. Red’s books make you think, make you wonder, make you laugh, and keep you turning pages. They’ve been known to keep hardened readers up at night, racing to the end of the book.

Presently, Red has one (count ‘em) one longform book available, entitled This Brilliant Darkness. It is the first in a series, and someday it hopes to be a graphic novel.

Next from Red? Troll or Derby, also book one in a series.

After that, Red will see which book readers are most eager to read next, and she’ll likely write that. Or something about pirates vs. ninjas. She isn’t sure yet.

For a free sample of Red’s writing, in a G-rated form, download The Wizard Takes a Holiday, a 1500 word short, free in all formats.

Links:
http://RedTash.com
http://facebook.com/RedTashBooks
http://twitter.com/RedTashBooks

The Wizard Takes a Holiday is a top 20 free short fantasy story, and This Brilliant Darkness has climbed the Top-Rated charts for Dark Fantasy.

Interview with Red Tash:

What are your favorite humor books?
--I grew up with Lewis Grizzard, Dave Barry, and I personally found Stephen King quite hilarious. I also was religious about reading Ann Landers growing up, as well as Judith Martin aka "Miss Manners." While people don't really think of those as humor writers, believe you me--they are. Having written for newspapers, I can tell you, it takes a lot of talent to be that funny on a regular basis.

How much of your humor is based on real life experiences?
--Pretty much all of it.

Do you feel being digitally epublished allows you to be more creative with your writing choices?
--Sort of. I'm writing dark fantasy now, which is so different from my humor column on parenting and family. I liked being compared with Erma Bombeck, but there was a side of me that wrote like the love child of Stephen King & Madeline L'Engle's, as well. Both genres are funny, but in different ways. One is scary-funny, and the other is about monsters. (You figure out which is which.)

I wanted to take some time after the birth of my latest kiddo, and really work on my fiction for once. I knew if I kept working in journalism as much as I was, I'd keep putting off my fiction. The trade off of choosing epublishing is that I now have to start all over again and build an audience for my dark fantasy work. It's been a long time since I've felt like the "new kid"! But I'm enjoying it.

If they made a movie out of one of your books, what actors would play the main characters?
--If it were the story of my life kinda thing, I'd be Amy Adams from Enchanted. My husband would be played by Brad Pitt. Who cares if my real husband doesn't look a thing like him?

What should readers expect from a Red Tash book?
--From dark fantasy, you should expect scares, irony, poetic passages, meaningful, thought-provoking ideas, and it should be a story that stays with you. I was so into writing This Brilliant Darkness a few years ago that I forgot how funny it was, when I got it out this year to edit and publish. Then, I wasn't sure if it was just *me* who thought it was funny, so I didn't really market it that way. Imagine my satisfaction when one of my professional proofreaders reported back to me with more "LOLs" than spelling errors. It was a good feeling.

If people judged your books by their covers, what hijinks would they miss out on?
--This Brilliant Darkness has a very prevalent Star Trek parody going on throughout.

What's the funniest part of your everyday life?
--I have three boys who I homeschool, an infant daughter, and my husband is a writer. We live in a house that's too small, and are down to two dogs, from four. My life is a circus. The sheer volume of this household makes it identifiable from space. Just look down on Indiana from the sky, and I think you can see our house shaking.

If www.theonion.com wrote a fake headline about your life, what would it be?
--Local woman stops to breathe, kicks feet up, and nothing on her body aches.

If you weren't writing humorous books, what would you be doing for a living?
--Reporting the local news, writing feature stories about home decor, and collecting my thoughts for the newspaper column on family & parenting that I used to write. It was a pretty sweet gig, actually.

Why don't you think there are more humorous books out there?
--Because we get our humor from tv, youtube, and those *charming chain emails*. There are so many good websites that specialize in "blink" humor, and it's impossible to compete with that. Who goes out of their way to look for funny books? I think when most people encounter them, they want them--but they just don't think to look for them. Humor as a genre runs the full gamut--it's not like category romance, old school horror, or anything else. It includes *all that,* plus non-fiction! One of the funniest books I've ever read was A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers, and that was truly a heartbreaking work! So go figure. That book's gonna be classified as "memoir," and rightly so. Harry Potter's funny! YA fantasy. Etc.

What's next for your fans?
--I'm finishing Troll or Derby, a YA fantasy that's also a satire about life in rural Indiana. It's got fairies, trolls, roller derby, flea markets, casinos, tractor supply stores...and the protagonist is a teenager who isn't sure about her sexuality. It hits some very serious topics with a lot of humor, throughout. This Brilliant Darkness was a much more serious book than this one, being about good vs. evil, time travel, souls, etc. I wanted to write something "light and fluffy," that would be as addictive as the magic-laced drugs our bad guy deals. I'm not done with it yet, but it's already got a lot more laughs in it than my last book.



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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Sibel Hodge

Sibel Hodge has dual British/Turkish Cypriot nationality, dividing her time between Hertfordshire and North Cyprus. She is a qualified personal trainer, sports and massage therapist, and writes freelance feature articles on health, fitness, and various lifetyle subjects. Prior to this, she also worked for Hertfordshire Constabulary for ten years.
Her first novel, Fourteen Days Later, was short listed for the Harry Bowling Prize 2008 and received a highly commended by the Yeovil Literary Prize 2009. It is a romantic comedy with a unique infusion of British and Turkish Cypriot culture. Written in a similar style to Sophie Kinsella and Marian Keyes, Fourteen Days Later is My Big Fat Greek Wedding meets Bridget Jones. My Perfect Wedding is the sequel to Fourteen Days Later, although it can be read as a standalone novel.
The Fashion Police is her second novel and was a runner up in the Chapter One Promotions Novel Competition 2010 and nominated Best Novel with Romantic Elements 2010 by The Romance Reviews. It is a screwball comedy-mystery, combining murder and mayhem with romance and chick-lit - the first in a series featuring insurance investigator, Amber Fox. Written in a similar style to Janet Evanovich and Harlan Coben, The Fashion Police is Stephanie Plum meets Myron Bolitar. Be Careful What You Wish For is the second Amber Fox mystery.

Interview with Sibel:

What are your favorite humor books?

--I loooove screwball comedy so I my favourite kinds of books would be Janet Evanovich kind of quirky, screwball, sarcastic humour. I grew up with Monty Python and Fawlty Towers - you can't beat a bit of crazy comedy!

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

--Oh, God, loads! I'm not telling which bits, though, for fear I might incriminate myself!

Do you feel being digitally epublished allows you to be more creative with your writing choices?

--Absolutely, it gives authors an opportunity to be unique, rather than writing something that publishers think will sell.

If they made a movie out of one of your books, what actors would play the main characters?

--Someone like Sandra Bullock or Katherine Heigl.

If people judged your books by their covers, what hijinks would they miss out on?

--A lot of screwball comedy, farcical situations, quirky characters, and witty sarcasm.

What's the funniest part of your everyday life?

--Socializing with some of my crazy friends and family. Especially when the pics end up on Facebook! Life's too short not to have fun whenever you can.

If www.theonion.com wrote a fake headline about your life, what would it be?

--Sibel Hodge is banned from all supermarkets for dropping everything in a five mile radius!

If you weren't writing humorous books, what would you be doing for a living?

--I'm actually Wonder Woman in my spare time, so I'm always out saving the world from dastardly demons.

Why don't you think there's more humorous books out there?

--I don't know. The great thing for me about humour is it's a fantastic way to de-stress from our hectic, modern lives.

What's next for your fans?

--I've got a new chick lit novel coming out before Xmas called The Baby Trap. Then I'll be working on the next in my chick lit comedy mystery series featuring feisty insurance investigator Amber Fox.


Fourteen Days Later
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My Perfect Wedding
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The Fashion Police (Amber Fox Mystery)
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Be Careful What You Wish For (Amber Fox Mystery)
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How to Dump Your Boyfriend in the Men's Room (and other short stories)
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Edward Talbot

Edward G. Talbot is the pen name for a collaboration of two American authors:
Ed Parrot lives in Massachusetts and has long been fascinated with turning ideas into written words. Jason Derrig lives in Maine and likes to tell stories, especially about conspiracies. The two authors have collaborated to create a brand of thriller that keeps the stakes high while not taking itself too seriously.
Edward G. Talbot has released two thriller novels, a thriller half-novel, a novella in collaboration with Jeremy Robinson, and two collections of short stories:
"2012: 5th World" is a thriller centering on the end of the Mayan calendar on 12/21/2012.
"New World Orders" is a global warming conspiracy thriller available in print and kindle formats
"Alive From New York" is a terrorism thriller available for kindle.
"A Funny Pair of Shorts" is an kindle book containing three humorous short stories
"A Horrifying Pair of Shorts" is a kindle book containing three horror short stories
"Callsign: Rook" is a thriller novella co-written with Jeremy Robinson using one of Robinson's "Chess Team" characters
The Edward G. Talbot philosophy can be summed up with the slogan on their web site: Heroes don't always win. Villains don't always lose.


A Funny Pair Of Shorts
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Jan Hurst-Nicholson

Jan Hurst-Nicholson has been writing for about 25 years. Her articles, humorous articles and short stories have appeared in South African and overseas magazines and these were compiled into a book: 'Something to Read on the Plane' a bit of light literature, short stories & other fun stuff.
Her first children's book was 'Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs' published by Gecko Books, and was one of Bookchat's 1993 South African Books of the Year. This was followed by 'Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the kidnapped mouse'. 'Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the bottled bat' is awaiting publication. These are humorous, animal, detective stories set in a nature reserve.
'Bheki and the Magic Light,' which tells of a rural child's fascination with a torch, was published by Penguin SA.
'Jake,' was published by Cambridge University Press.
Born in the UK, Jan emigrated from Liverpool to South Africa in the 1970s. Her experiences moving to a new continent were the inspiration for her humorous novel 'But Can You Drink The Water?' which was a semi-finalist (top 50 out of 5000) in the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. This began as a 13 episode sitcom, but when the producer could not get funding Jan turned them into a novel. This is now available on Amazon as a Kindle digital book.
Jan worked in the R&D department of a large bakery for several years, and this gave her the idea for 'The Breadwinners,' a family saga spanning 50 years and set in Durban. This is now available on Amazon as a Kindle digital book.
Jan has also written a YA novel, Mystery at Ocean Drive, which was a runner-up in the 2010 Citizen/Pan MacMillan YA novel award, and is now available as a Kindle digital book.
Jan's writing also appears in 'Edge Words' (20 stories from the Cheshire Prize for Literature 2006) published by University of Chester, 'Chicken Soup for the Caregiver's Soul' and 'Chicken Soup for the Soul 101 best stories On Being a Parent,' and 'Summer Shorts'.
Jan is a member of the South African Writers' Circle, and of SpeakOut, an organization that teaches public speaking (for when she becomes a famous writer!)
She lives in Durban with her husband, two dogs that are forever on the wrong side of the door, three elderly cats, and the occasional visiting troop of boisterous vervet monkeys.
Jan Hurst-Nicholson has not included an author picture in case it should put off customers considering buying her books, or disappoint those who have read it.

Interview with Jan:

What are your favorite humor books?
--I like observational humour where readers can recognize, and laugh at themselves, in familiar situations, as in Erma Bombeck’s books. I also enjoy Bill Bryson, ‘Father’s Day’ by Hunter Davies, Alan Coren, Spike Milligan, and Deric Longden as they all have their own style of humour. I loved Dave Barry’s article about his colonoscopy. I’ve recently discovered Gordon Kirland’s ‘When My Mind Wanders It Brings Back Souvenirs.’ Who could resist that title? I’m not keen on ‘forced’ humour e.g. if someone slips and falls into a stream that is funny. However, if someone is pushed in then that is not funny.

How much of your humor is based on real life experiences?
--My humorous articles are all based on true-life experiences - but ‘based’ being the operative word as writers are wont to embellish (aren’t we?). Much of my humorous fiction is also based (embarrassingly) on real incidents.

Do you feel being digitally epublished allows you to be more creative with your writing choices?
--Definitely. Not being hampered by the usual word count, or what’s in fashion gives you more freedom. Humour depends on personal taste, or a shared background, so finding a publisher who has the same sense of humour and believes the book will be commercially viable is not easy. Most Indie writers would be happy to sell just a few thousand books, which would probably not be a feasible venture for a big publisher.

If they made a movie out of one of your books, what actors would play the main characters?
--It’s such a long time since I wrote the books that many of the actors I’d imagined in them have all ‘crossed over’ LI had Oliver Reed in mind for Charles McGill in The Breadwinners (not a humorous book). There was a local SA actor who would have been superb for Clive in But Can You Drink The Water? but sadly he died. However, Julie Walters or Pauline Collins would be great for Mavis, but by the time the book is made into a film they would more likely be suited to play granny Gert!

What should readers expect from a humorous Jan Hurst-Nicholson book?
--I would hope they would be entertained, and even go as far as smiling, giggling and occasionally laughing out loud. I especially love hearing from children who say the Leon Chameleon PI stories make them laugh.

If people judged your books by their covers, what would they miss out on?
--I’d like to think that my covers are fairly representative of the content, so they wouldn’t miss out on anything. I recently changed the cover of Mystery at Ocean Drive (A YA action adventure) from an illustrated cover, which readers said made it seem too juvenile.

What's the funniest part of your everyday life?
--Getting an unexpected glimpse of myself in the mirror. Almost anything can be funny - once it’s over.

If www.theonion.com wrote a fake headline about your life, what would it be?
--Writer scoops story on latest archeological find – Egyptian Pyramids Made From Rejected Stone Manuscripts.

If you weren't writing humorous books, what would you be doing for a living?
--Writing humorous books is not making me a living, but it does bring in a bit of pocket-money. I was trained as a bakery technologist - hasn’t every writer been something else first? (that’s what makes it so interesting when we get together.)

Why do you think there aren’t more humorous books out there?
--Because writing humour is not easy! Publishers realise that not every reader will laugh at the same thing, so they are reluctant to take a chance on an unknown writer. Many of the published humour books are written by well-known columnists who already have a following.

What's next for your fans?
--I’ve got fans?


Something To Read On The Plane
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But Can You Drink The Water?
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Leon Chameleon P.I. and the case of the missing canary eggs
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Leon Chameleon P.I. and the case of the kidnapped mouse
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A Matter of Convenience
A short story
By Jan Hurst-Nicholson
Family holidays were not the happy events they had once been, especially now that Walter’s bladder had become a liability.
“Let’s go this way. It’s a short cut.” Mavis angrily mimicked Frank’s words under her breath. Short cut to what? The next ruddy life by the looks of it. There was no chance of making a dash for it. Not that her Mam was up to dashing anywhere with her feet. And the only time her dad moved faster than a slippered shuffle was when he’d overdone the senna pods.
She wrung her hands in anguish. Trust Frank to stall the car in the middle of the ruddy lion enclosure. The midday sun was blazing down and the car was already like a sweatbox.
“Try it again, Frank,” she fumed.
“It’s no good. The battery’s flat.”
“That’s your fault? You’ve known about it for weeks. This isn’t a car park. You can’t just hop out and push. Not with them lions.”
Frank was about to remind her that the only reason he’d looked for a short cut was to get her Dad to the lav, but he was interrupted by a plaintive voice from the back.
“Hey, our Mavis. Why’ve we stopped?” Walter had been regretting that second cup of tea even before they’d entered the safari park.
“Car’s stalled,” muttered a scowling Gerry, wedged sullenly between his grandparents in the back seat.
“That wasn’t very clever, Frank,” Gert told him, prodding his shoulder with a bony, arthritic finger.
Frank winced. He cast around for signs of a game ranger, or other visitors foolhardy enough to venture out in the stifling heat. But they were alone. Except for the lions, eyeing them expectantly from the shade of a tree.
Mavis glanced furiously at her husband. He’d done this on purpose. She knew it. He was just waiting for her Mam to say “I’m never going nowhere in this car again.” That’d be all the excuse he needed. And our Gerry too. They both hated these family holidays. Sometimes she thought they hated her Mam and Dad as well.
“Let’s try rockin’ it,” said Frank. “Might get the connections touching, or start it rolling. There’s a bit of a slope. Everybody jump up and down.”
The car squeaked and groaned under an onslaught of uncoordinated bouncing, pitching and rolling like a rudderless yacht in a turbulent sea. But it remained stubbornly immobile.
“Hang on, hang on,” said Frank, calling a halt. His wheezing in-laws sank back like punctured barrage balloons.
“Try the starter again,” urged Mavis.
The click was almost deafening.
“Let’s have another go at bouncing, but with a bit of rhythm this time,” said Frank. “When I say go, we’ll all jump up together.”
But Walter and Gert were still gathering their wits when they should have been up. The family resembled a set of rather wobbly and badly-aligned pistons.
“Useless, this is,” muttered Walter, a light spray of spittle drifting from his badly fitting dentures onto Mavis’s bare neck.
“I’m opening the window, our Mavis,” announced Gert, sucking loudly on a Rennie. “The heat’s getting to me.”
“But Mam, we’re not supposed to…” Mavis began hesitantly.
“I told you we should’ve gone to the beach,” grumbled Gerry.
“Don’t you start, m’lad,” fumed Frank.
“Leave him alone, the lad’s right,” agreed Gert. “You was the only one who wanted to come here.”
Frank swung round, rebellion rising. “I did it for you. To get you out into the fresh air.”
“Fresh air! You call bein’ in this car fresh air!”
“Stop it. Stop squabbling,” cried Mavis, tears brimming. Why did these outings always end in a fight?
“Can’t sit here all day,” announced Walter, opening the door and clambering out.
“Walter!” screamed Gert.
“Dad!” echoed Mavis. “What are you thinking about?”
“All that jiggling up and down. It’s made me want the lav even more,” grumbled Walter.
“You’d know about wanting the lav with that lion after you,” muttered Frank.
Mavis grabbed her Dad’s shirt and yanked him back in. But the sudden jolt dislodged his upper set and his gasp of surprise propelled it into a clump of long dry grass.
“Now you’ve done it,” spluttered Walter gummily.
“Good, now he’ll have to get a new set,” said Frank. “Like a pair of castanets those old things were.”
Mavis shot him a fierce glare. It seemed that the only time Frank spoke to her parents was to make a sarky remark. Why couldn’t it be like it used to be, when Gerry was a kid and they’d gone to the Isle of Man on the ferry? They’d had fun together in those days. But that was before they’d had a car. Before they’d all been trapped together for hours on end.
Her thoughts were interrupted by Walter. “Hey up,” he cried. “Look what’s coming.”
A lion, aroused by the noisy squabble, had slowly risen to its feet and was padding quietly towards them.
“Dad, close the door. The window, Mam, the window!” shrieked Mavis.
They stared in fearful expectation as the big cat circled them. It came unsettlingly close, regarding them with suspicious ochre eyes.
“Don’t panic. It can’t get in,” said Frank.
“Worra about me teeth,” wailed Walter. “It’ll have me teeth. Distract it, our Mavis. Throw it a cheese butty.”
Frank’s eyes rolled heavenwards. “It’s a lion. Not a ruddy pigeon at the Pier Head.”
“Our Tibby used to like a bit of cheese,” muttered Walter, feeling sat on.
“Me Dad’s only trying to help,” snapped Mavis.
A full-scale fight was about to break out when Gert gave a wheezy moan. “I don’t feel right,” she whispered, a wavering hand clutching her throat. “It’s me chest. It feels all tight.”
“What’s up, Gran?” sighed Gerry.
“It’s me heart.” She gave a weak cough. “I think it’s me heart.”
Frank and Mavis exchanged glances.
“Have another Rennie, Mam,” said Mavis wearily.
With a pettish lip, Gert unwrapped the tablet. She was popping it into her mouth when Walter let out a shriek. “It’s got me teeth, it’s got me teeth.”
The lion was taking an inquisitive sniff at the strange, odd-smelling object that lay beneath the car.
“Hoot, Dad. Hoot,” urged Gerry. “You might scare it away.”
Frank blasted the horn. The lion gave a momentary start, took a final sniff, and with a look of disdain, ambled off.
“Now’s your chance,” cried Mavis, her eye on the big cat as it retreated to join its mates.
“Chance to what?” said Frank.
“To nip out and get me Dad’s teeth.”
“Yer what! You want me to risk getting’ mauled for your Dad’s choppers?”
“He can’t spend the rest of his holiday with no teeth.”
“Come on, Dad,” pleaded Gerry, mortified at the thought of appearing with his Granddad minus his upper set.
Frank calculated the distance between car and lion. “All right,” he relented, slowly opening the door. He slid out, cast an anxious eye at the lion and then bolted to Walter’s door and began a desperate search in the long patchy grass. He spotted something beneath the rear wheel. But as he stooped to gather up the yellowing molars the car began a slow roll. He watched in fascinated horror as the wheel gradually crushed Walter’s only means of chewing.
“Frank, the car, it’s running away,” screamed Mavis. “Gerrin’ quick.”
Wrung from a mesmerised trance, Frank sprinted after the moving vehicle. But his foot caught a tussock of grass and sent him sprawling. Temporarily winded, he heard the screams of his family entreating him to get up, only realising the urgency when he saw two lions trotting towards him. Leaping to his feet he hared after the car, reaching it as the big cats quickened into a lope. He jumped in, rammed into gear and let out the clutch. There was a collective sigh of relief as the engine spluttered into life.
“Thanks be praised,” said Mavis.
But Walter wanted to know what had happened to his teeth.
“Yes, where’s his teeth,” complained Gert. “He won’t want to be slurping soup for the rest of the holiday.”
A red mist descended. “They’re broke,” said Frank through tweezer lips.
“They were good teeth, them were,” lamented Walter, as the car bounced its way back onto the road. He cogitated on his loss for a while before announcing, “You’d better be quick getting to that lav.”
“It won’t be long, Dad,” said Mavis, reflecting on the wisdom of these family holidays. Her Dad’s bladder was becoming a bit of a liability, and her Mam’s heart only played up when they were doing something contrary to her wishes. And then there was Gerry. The only thing that would please him would be if they all vaporised and he could go off on his own. Perhaps next year they’d send her Mam and Dad to Blackpool.
And then Gerry was announcing, “There it is, Dad. There’s the cafĂ© and toilets.”
Frank swung the car into the car park and drew to a halt outside the public conveniences. But it was obvious that something was amiss. The entrance was blocked by bricks and bags of cement. An overalled worker was wheeling a barrow inside.
“What’s going on?” asked Frank.
“We’re closed. Renovations. You’ll have to use the toilets on the other side of the park.” Seeing Walter’s anguished jiggling, he offered, “If you’re in a hurry, you can nip through the lion enclosure. It’s a short cut.”

Sasha Lerner

Sasha's a feisty firecracker that likes to tell it like it is. She aims her razor sharp wit with reckless abandon, skewering life, love, and all things between.


Bad Ass Guide To What Women Want
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Bad Ass Guide To Dating
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Dee Ernst

Dee Ernst was born Elizabeth Diane Ascoli in Newark, NJ. Her family moved to Morristown, NJ when she was still a toddler. She started writing stories on a battered Royal typewriter when she was about ten or twelve, and she graduated Morristown High School determined to pursue a career as a writer in some form or another (she considered advertising, but luckily came to her senses). Creative writing majors were hard to find in 1974, so she attended Marshall University as a journalism major. That wasn't working, so she tried Education, but that didn't quite work either. Several jobs and years later, staying home with a three-year-old and trying to figure out what to do when she grew up, Joan Hamburg on WOR radio in New York was interviewing someone who said if you wanted to know what to with your life, remember what you were playing when you were ten, and try to turn that into a career. Since Dee was writing stories at ten, she sat down and wrote her first novel. It went nowhere. Her second novel got her a terrific agent and upwards of fifteen rejection letters (She reread them all in preparation of this biography). Her third novel, Better Off Without Him, garnered even more rejection letters from a much higher caliber of editor. Undaunted, she self-published Better Off Without Him in October 2010. She is now waiting patiently for fame and fortune.

Interview with Dee:

Who are your favorite humor authors?
--I really enjoy Erma Bombeck and Dave Barry, but I love good fiction that's also funny, like Susan Isaacs. Jim Butcher’s Dresden is a real wise-ass. Neil Gaiman is very funny. Robert B. Parker had great one-liners.

How much of your humor is based on real life experiences?
--Luckily, I have a great life surrounded by people who don't take things too seriously, so I base lots of my humor from my real life. I have two daughters, and they are a constant source of laugh-out-loud inspiration.

Do you think being epublished allows you to try out new things you wouldn't be able to if you were traditionally published?
--Epublishing allowed me to publish the kind of book I wanted, the story I believed in. During the submission process to trad publishers, lots of suggestions were made, and I think that had I gone that route, I might have been pressured to make the kinds of changes that I would not have been comfortable with.

If a movie was made of one of your books, who would it star?
--I fantasize about a movie cast for Better Off Without Him all the time. I'd love Tea Leoni for Mona. Jon Hamm would be my perfect Ben. If Ben were a three-legged troll, Jon Hamm would still be perfect. Kim Catrall would be a great Patricia.

What should people expect from a Dee Ernst book?
--Readers should expect a journey. That's what I expect, to be taken someplace I haven't been before. Or taken to a familiar place, but with a new point of view. And always with a smile. Even a serious book should make you feel glad that you've read it.

If readers just judged your books by their covers, what hijinks would they miss out on?
--I think the cover of Better Off Without Him is true to the story. What readers may miss is the more serious side – this is about a divorce, after all.

What's the funniest part of your everyday life?
--I’m a bookseller at Barnes&Noble, and the funniest thing about my life is the people I meet every day. Believe me, there are some real interesting customers out there!

If The Onion wrote a headline about your life, what would it be?
--“Famed novelist arrested trying to impersonate college freshman – and failing”

If you weren't a humor author, what would you be doing with your life?
--Do you really think I’m making a living writing humorous books? Now THAT’S funny.

Why do you think there's so few humor books?
--Funny is hard. Nasty and snarky is easier, and right now, there’s a lot of nasty around. It’s also a generational thing - our parents laughed at things that we just roll our eyes at. I think it’s tough to write something that makes people laugh today that won’t make them cringe in a few years, and not many authors are foolish enough to put themselves out there.

What's next for your fans?
--I’m working on several things - a sequel to Better Off Without Him , a young adult, and a novel with an even more vintage heroine who’s dipping into the on-line dating pool.


Better Off Without Him (Romantic Comedy)
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Simon Haynes

Simon Haynes is the author of four Hal Spacejock novels, a number of articles on writing and publishing, and several short stories, one of which collected an Aurealis Award in 2001. He divides his time between writing fiction and computer software, with frequent 25-40km bike rides to blow the cobwebs away.
Born in the UK and raised in the south of Spain, Simon emigrated to Australia with his family in 1983. He's a founding member of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, and lives in Perth with his wife and two children.

Interview with Simon

What are your favorite humor books?
--I enjoy Tom Holt's work, and Bill Bryson's books are always a good laugh.

How much of your humor is based on real life experiences?
--A lot. Despite writing far-future science fiction, human beings are still the same self-centered, self-serving bunch of people we meet every day. The only humane characters in my fiction are the robots and the computers.

Do you feel being digitally epublished allows you to be more creative with your writing choices?
--Yes. With my print books I felt I needed a minimum word length, which meant adding subplots and writing lots of scenes from different points of view. With my next book I'm aiming for 2/3 the word length and cutting down on the extra plots & POVs.

If they made a movie out of one of your books, what actors would play the main characters?
--Maybe Andy Serkis for Hal, Terence Stamp for Clunk. It would definitely need a British/Australian flavour.

What should readers expect from a Simon Haynes book?
--Entertainment!

If people judged your books by their covers, what hijinks would they miss out on?
--I write (and love!) satire, but that's almost impossible to illustrate on a book cover.

What's the funniest part of your everyday life?
--Answering my email.

If www.theonion.com wrote a fake headline about your life, what would it be?
--Australian author discovers self-promotion.

If you weren't writing humorous books, what would you be doing for a living?
--Writing deadly serious computer software.

Why don't you think there's more humorous books out there?
--It's twice as hard to write funny books. Underneath the humor you still need a great plot and fantastic characters. The novel must work without laughs too, because many people have no sense of humor and you don't want them leaving one-star reviews.

What's next for your fans?
--Books five, six and seven in the Hal Spacejock series, and book two in the Hal Junior series.


Hal Spacejock
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Hal Spacejock 2: Second Course
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Hal Spacejock 3: Just Desserts
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Hal Spacejock 4: No Free Lunch
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Hal Spacejock: Framed (A Short Story)
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Hal Junior: The Secret Signal
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Car Johnson

Car Johnson is a fictional character living in the mind of Rebekah Webb. She writes comedy, horror and anything that strikes her fancy.
Rebekah Webb (1980- hopefully a long time) was born in Los Angeles, California to human parents, which was a good thing, since alien parents would have been difficult to explain at school. She lived in Reno, Nevada for a while, then moved back to California. Nothing extraordinarily exciting happened to her in her lifetime, probably because of a lack of alien DNA. (Well, so far. She could end up a part of a super-intelligent squirrel conspiracy. You never know.)


The Life and Times of Car Johnson
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Philip Whiteland

Philip is a 56 year old university lecturer in Human Resource Management and occasional outplacement counsellor. He doesn't tend to tell too many people about this as he is acutely aware of their eyes glazing over as he speaks. He lives on the edge of the Peak District, or, as it sometimes seems, just lives on the edge. He was born and brought up, like so many things, in Burton upon Trent and much of his writing over the past few years, for the Derby Telegraph, Burton Mail's "times gone by" magazine and Mature Times has featured his recollections of growing up (allegedly) in the 1950s and 1960s. Philip has also broadcast a number of articles in Radio Derby's "Did I Ever Tell You" series of stories. He has occasionally been accused of humour. "Steady Past Your Granny's" is Philip's first, self-published, collection of stories.


Steady Past Your Granny's
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Consuelo Saah Baehr

Consuelo Saah Baehr was born in El Salvador to French/Palestinian parents. At age five she joined her father and five uncles in Washington, D.C. where they ran the prestigious boutique department store, Jean Matou, a favorite of Bess Truman and Jackie Kennedy. Convent boarding schools came next and George Washington University. After college she began writing advertising copy for the Macy Corp. Marriage and three children followed and the writing was silent until a stunning Op-Ed piece in The New York Times brought a flurry of offers from book publishers. The result was the personal memoir, Report From The Heart (Simon & Schuster). Four novels followed: Best Friends (Delacorte/Dell); Nothing To Lose (Putnam's); Daughters (Delacorte/Dell) and 100 Open Houses soon to be a Kindle original.
Daughters, a historical family saga set in pre-war Jerusalem, has been translated into 15 languages. It was published as a Kindle book in late August.

Interview With Consuelo:
What are your favorite humor books?
--I love Fran Leibowitz: Metropolitan Life, Social studies. 2) Nora Ephron, I feel bad about my neck, I remember nothing. 3) The cartoons of Roz Chast in the New Yorker. I'm sure I'll think of ten more the minute I send this.
How much of your humor is based on real life experiences?
--All of it. I can only tolerate the humor that comes out of everyday life, even the tragedies.
Do you feel being digitally epublished allows you to be more creative with your writing choices?
--Absolutely. I've been traditionally published several times and the process just saps the will to continue. E-publishing makes writing a viable, enriching activity once again. Yipee!
If they made a movie out of one of your books, what actors would play the main characters?
--One of my books, Nothing To Lose was optioned for a movie but never made. I'd like Johnny Depp to play Luis and maybe Ellen Page (Juno) to play April. Of course Ellen would have to begin in a fat suit but she has the quirky delivery that would work.
What should readers expect from a Consuel Saah Baehr book?
--Readers should expect to feel secure and in very good hands. They should expect to be transported and opened up to new ideas and also to recognize some of the things they can't verbalize but know are true.
If people judged your books by their covers, what hijinks would they miss out on?
--The cover for Nothing To Lose telegraphs the tyranny of weight, but there is much more to the transformation of the main character and also the setting of a large old-fashioned department store is just a crazy microcosm of life.
What's the funniest part of your everyday life?
--I live alone and at some point during the day I say out loud what I am thinking so that I can give it importance. There are so many thoughts and impressions running on a loop and if you stop and say them, you get an amazing, hilarious but interesting snapshot of how crazy thinking can be.
If www.theonion.com wrote a fake headline about your life, what would it be?
--You forgot to refrigerate after opening. Get cracking!
If you weren't writing humorous books, what would you be doing for a living? Stand up comedy.
--I've done a lot of other jobs, copywriting, raising kids, corporate fund raising, but I was really just doing stand up.
Why don't you think there's more humorous books out there?
--Are you kidding? That's the hardest thing to do. Almost impossible to do well. If anyone can write good humor, they are like god. No really.
What's next for your fans?
--For my fans - and I do have a few - I am in the middle of a comic crime book with a woman sleuth. Also in the process of "novelizing" a screenplay that is very relevant for today's job crisis.


Thinner Thighs In Thirty Years (Kindle Single)
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Nothing To Lose
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One Hundred Open Houses
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Spellcheck Nation
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