About Brooke Jones:
Called "LA's FUNNIEST LADY" by the now-defunct Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Brooke Jones spent many years as a Radio Personality and Political Satirist in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Her LA morning radio show, "Brooke Jones & The Morning Muse" — Political Satire for the Deeply Twisted — was a huge hit. Newspapers wrote about her; columnists quoted her, and Johnny Carson even invited her to be a guest on The Tonight Show. Jones declined Carson's invitation, making her one of the very few women on the planet who ever said "NO" to Johnny Carson! (that's a story worthy of a book…and maybe, some day, Jones will write it).
After a lengthy battle with Breast Cancer — a battle that cost her what she shamelessly refers to as her "Bodacious TaTa's" — she is finally Cancer-Free (boobless, but Cancer-Free). Between her struggles with Cancer, and the inevitable losses incurred by ever-advancing decrepitude, one thing Brooke Jones has definitely NOT lost is her sense of humor!
These days, she spends her time naming, blaming and shaming the Knuckleheads, Nincompoops and Nimrods who populate this planet. Her favorite 'Weapons Of Crass Destruction' are her politically incorrect Memes that she posts on her Camp Meme-A-Day site.
Jones is also the Creator of CardBard Greetings — Cards for ALL Seasons and ALL Reasons — the internet's most 'twisted' greeting cards. CardBard Greeting Cards are only available at THE CARD OUTLET.
Jones donates a portion of EVERY sale of her Greeting Cards and her Memoir, "WHY ARE THERE MONKEYS? (and other questions for God)" to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
To learn more about Brooke Jones, you are cordially invited to visit her website where you will find a short video ("HerStory") about her career in Radio and Comedy; a brief Audio Sample of her book; her book's Trailer, and a few other amusing items. There is also a Contact Form at the bottom of her Home Page, where, should you be so inclined, you can send her a message, arrange an interview, or send her pictures of kittens, puppies and Sloths.
What inspires you to write?
I have never experienced "Writers' Block". For me, writing is just what I do and, in fact, I am not able to NOT do it. (I'm weird that way)
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
I love writers who are great story tellers (Ray Bradbury; Mark Twain; Tom Robbins; Amy Tan; Roland Merullo, and many others). I also adore writers who use words the way a gifted painter uses color. Wordsmiths and Story-Tellers are among my favorite people!
Tell us about your writing process.
Fiction comes to me. The characters just seem to arrive in my head, fully formed, and the basics of their stories just 'appear'. That's why I find it difficult to take credit for the fiction I've written. I feel as if I am here to "Channel" the characters and their stories, not 'create' it.
Some years ago, while writing my first Screenplay, my main character, (a charming but very 'talkative' guy) was jabbering away. Because I don't need to look at the keyboard while I type, I type with my eyes closed so that I can watch my characters do whatever they're going to do. At one point, while my fingers were flying across my keyboard (I type 100 words per minute), my 'star' was talking faster than I was typing and I actually said, out loud "Would you PLEASE slow down!". No sooner were those words out of my mouth than I saw my 'star' stick his tongue out at me and say "hey lady, you have one job — just one — and that job is to keep up with ME. I DO NOT repeat myself, so you're just gonna have to type FASTER!"
After I finished laughing, I forced myself to type FASTER.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to everything they say, always! Occasionally, I talk back to them (see above). In one case in particular, the main character had become such an integral part of my life (I'd been writing his story for almost three years!), that after I typed the words "FADE OUT. THE END" I began to miss him…and I mean REALLY, deeply miss him! It felt as if a very dear friend had died!
What advice would you give other writers?
My advice to writers is: WRITE! If you believe that you were born to write, then WRITE! What people say about your writing is irrelevant! Whether they love it or not is irrelevant! If you were born to write, you KNOW that you were born to write because you are not able to NOT write, and if that describes YOU, then WRITE, and tell anyone who tells you that you aren't a 'writer' to take a flying leap! (You were born to breathe, no? Would you let someone who criticized the WAY you BREATHE stop you from BREATHING?)
How did you decide how to publish your books?
After I received undeniable proof that my "Divine Experience" (my Near-Death Experience) HAD happened, I realized that I had to share my experience with the world. After receiving several rejections from Literary Agents and a couple of publishers (lovely letters, I must say, but rejections none-the-less), I decided to publish my book myself. And that's precisely what I did.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
In my humble opinion. the publishing industry, as we now know it, is not long for this world. In the all-too-near future, hard copy books will be relics found only in museums and in the personal libraries of wealthy book lovers, and reading, whether for business or for pleasure, will be done with digital devices of one sort or another.
That sea change will be a good thing for Mother Earth! The hundreds of thousands of trees that annually give their lives so that we humans may hold books, magazines and newspapers in our hands, will, instead, live on, enriching the soil and filling our lungs with oxygen!
The shift from hard copy books to eBooks will have at least one other profound effect on life. When anyone armed with a digital device is able to share her/his words, thoughts, or ideas with the world by just punching a few buttons on a digital device, the publishing industry will cease to be the GateKeeper and arbiter of whose words are worthy of being shared! That day is coming…sooner rather than later!
What genres do you write?: Biography; Black Comedy; Satire; Commentary; Humor; Political Satire; Fantasy; Historical Fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
Brooke Jones Home Page Link
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