A comic cosmic journey from the edge of the city into the heartland of the metropolis passing through the mullet festival, the school fete and the rural show.
7 Shouts is based on 11 years of award-winning Australian newspaper columns.
Journalist Bernie Dowling and his readers embrace and defy physical prescriptions such as the Russell Crowe Law of Fame and the Barack Obama Version of Australian Slang.
Before their eyes leap cultural icons such as the french poodles Fi Fi and Fa Fa which enter the sheep-dog trials and the impoverished teenager trying to win a date with pop singer Delta Goodrem.
OIympic athletes, US president Obama , deposed and re-instated Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd greet the reader along the track with strange detours to solve historical mysteries.
Signposts along the way are unusual photos, weird facts and links to crazy songs.
7 Shouts is a classic contemporary doco of a world gone mad, but still a heap of fun.
Targeted Age Group:: 15+
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
Humor involves word games, creating funny mental images and writing the unexpected. A reader said to me humor was the hardest thing to write. I think there is some truth in that.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Make sure your humor is not cruel or at someone else’s expense. You definitely should laugh at your own jokes or no one else is likely to. Also, brevity is the soul of wit.
I am an Australian journalist who writes by the day and by the night. My books include the comedy crime novel Iraqi Icicle, the funny short stories 7 Shouts and the soon to be released Naughty Nineties through Kindle Books.
I also have a small publishing business Bent Banana Books and I publish other titles including excellent paranormal crime by Jane Sharp in the Vision series. You can visit my website for other titles.
I do find time to spend with my wide and teenage son and I am writing this before we embark on the great search for a phone battery.
My own reading tastes are wide with noir, classics and humor the top of my list.
I wrote a weekly comedy column in our newspaper for 11 years. It was a lot of fun and interacted with readers. I thought a wider audience might be interested so I updated it with more recent humorous observations and unleashed it on the world.