Online, I recently met a warm and funny author named Melodie Campbell. Her wicked sense of humor keeps me in stitches and
stalking looking forward to her posts.
had the flu once. It was terrible. I couldn’t eat a thing for three hours.”
comedies. (This is a self-help
group, right?) Sure I’d like to kick the
habit and write a ‘real’ book with literary merit.
survive the slings and arrows of life.
Sometimes we choose to hide behind a mask. That Greek Comedy mask was the one I picked
world of teenagers, I looked for the ‘funny.’
More often than not, I made fun of myself. This was easy to do. I knew the target well and there was a wealth
of material. And it didn’t hurt anyone
else, so people liked it.
I started writing stand-up on the side.
I rarely delivered it – usually I wrote for others. That led to a
regular newspaper humour column, and more.
I fell back into ‘safe mode’. Write it funny.
Comedy writers take a situation, and ask themselves ‘what’s the worst
thing that could happen now?’ And then,
what’s the funniest?
otherwise sane individual write zany and some might say silly comedy, and risk
the inevitable hit from critics who say your book is without great literary
readers love it. Their comments and
reviews are heart-lifting. I’ve
lightened their day with adventure and laughter, and in some cases given them a
story they can escape into, over and over again. Yes it’s true. It wouldn’t be fun to write if I didn’t have
warm and generous readers.
beginning to get a very bad feeling.
volunteer for this job?”
was now relieving himself off to my right.
of fighting, of course. Everyone says there’s going to be a big battle. It
seemed like a good time to leave the castle.”
eyes. So now I had a complete newbie horse dude who was also a coward to look
after on this trip. Howard the Coward. Lucky me.
for a bit? I’m exhausted.” He plunked down on the grass. Then he sprang up
Ow!” He ran around in circles.
it?” I watched in amazement.
sat on a bee.”
sure it’s a bee?” I said, crossing my arms. “Maybe it was a wasp.”
matter?” He was jumping up and down.
it’s a wasp, you’re okay. If it’s a bee, the stinger will still be stuck in
you. So when you sit down again…”
it out! Get it out!” He lifted his tunic and bent over.
away. “I am so not doing that.”
Campbell achieved a personal best this year when Library Journal compared her to Janet Evanovich. She has over 200 publications, including 100
comedy credits, 40 short stories, and 4 novels. She has won 6 awards for
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