***Learn about: spring-loaded toilet seats in the Pisa Airport (a creation of the Devil).
***Find out why Googling “How to Pick Up a Chick” is not the best strategy for determining the best way to scoop up live poultry.
***Hear the lurid details about a poor soul who inadvertently became locked in the loo at the Louvre.
*** Learn the ancient secret of an Italian grandmother’s deadly chicken soup recipe. (Hint: it’s all in the feet.)
How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
This book trailer started out as a joke. I’d been trying to find fellow authors who would endorse the young adult novel I’d just released. It struck me as funny to interview my mother, father and grandmother for “unsolicited” reviews. So, I filmed each one of them and put it together in this trailer, which is more of a spoof than anything else. I’m hoping that it will give the viewer an idea of the sense of humor present in the essay collection. I used iMovie to create the trailer, then uploaded it to Youtube.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This book is a collection of essays from my life experiences.
Deborah M. Prum began her writing career at age seven. Perched atop a chrome kitchen chair, she pecked out children’s stories on her mother’s Royal typewriter. Every plot contained a similar theme. At the outset, some disaster (plane crash, rampant disease, ravaging insects) took the lives of parents and all other authority figures. The kids ate wild berries and skinned rabbits to make clothing. Without exception, by the end of each tale, the sturdy little survivors had created a utopia and lived blissfully ever after. Unfortunately, it did not occur to Deb’s parents to call a child psychologist.
Author of young adult novel, FATTY IN THE BACK SEAT, Deborah M. Prum has won five awards for her fiction. Her short stories have appeared in The Virginia Quarterly Review, as well as in many other journals and literary anthologies. FIRST KISS AND OTHER CAUTIONARY TALES is an eBook and audiobook collection of essays, most of which first aired on NPR-member stations. She’s written about the craft of writing for both The Writer magazine and The Writer’s Handbook. She’s given writing workshops and has taught at WriterHouse in Charlottesville, Virginia.