My first two books are meant to be a slant on philosophy, mixed in with some general silliness. I started writing comedic pieces in my early teens and continued into my days in the USAF. I managed to keep a lot of things I wrote during this peroid and that material was the basis for “Make Love Not Warts”& “Four Score and Seven Beers Ago…”. They are different from my stand up routine as I don’t use a lot of one liners in my act.
My 3rd book “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Club” was written upon request by the publisher Libboo. They saw some stories on my website and wanted me to make a book out of them. They are true to life stories from the road, an inside look at the crazy life we comedians lead.
What inspires you to write?
My point of view on the world around us is a bit different that the usual person so I’ve found that I’m inspired by what happens in everyday life. I also have written some not so everyday stories, but those are from being a stand-up comedian for nearly 20 years. I like to ask “why” and “what if” a lot in my head and this usually leads to something. I’ve also found that the things in life which are most aggravating can lead to some fantastic material.
Tell us about your writing process.
I don’t have a set schedule that I write with as of right now. I write when the mood hits or when I’m under the gun to put together a new project. I have learned to be a little more disciplined as I try to brainstorm more before I actually put pen to paper. I also have been known to get out of bed and get my thoughts out on the computer so I can go back to sleep. When I wrote my 3rd book, I went over the stories over and over again in my head. Now I do some of the stories onstage and I’ve found they are continuing to grow, so the writing process for them is not over. I’m a little more of a “seat of the pants writer”, although, with 20 years of stand-up comedy under my belt, I know how to edit quite a bit in my mind before I write it out.
What advice would you give other writers?
Save everything you write, even if it seems like crap or something you can’t use at the time. That’s how I got the idea to put together my first two books, from old material I had saved through the years. Also, have an audience in mind when you set out to write your book, start promoting to them before you even finish. Even though you have an audience in mind, write the book you would want to read yourself then take the reader with you.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I went independent because I knew I could sell the books after my shows, plus I use them as a tool to promote my career. This is true of my first two books “Make Love Not Warts” and “Four Score and Seven Beers Ago…”. My third book “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Club” is an Ebook and the publisher asked me to put it together from stories on my website and I also wrote some more stories specifically for this book. I still consider this an independent work as I was not paid to put it together, but, I did not pay to have it done and I get a good percentage of the royalties. Thus, I had a lot of control with all the books, which can be good, bad or both for an independent author.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It’s changing, I’m new to the game and I can see that. It will go through an evolution and come out better for it I believe. People will always love to read and publishing will go through trends just like any other industry.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print