With so much tension, anxiety, and uncertainty in the world, how refreshing to read a book that offers a temporary reprieve. Author, Smitty, gives us the comic relief that he was not afforded have as a child.
1. Tell us about your background and journey.
I discovered my “funny bone” at the age of 8. I have always loved “a play on words” type of humor and that has always been my forte in my life since then. Growing up poor, I never allowed my humor to be an escape...but more of an appreciation that no matter what I was going through, this was my way to make myself and others believe that things were going to be ok regardless.
2. When did you decide that you wanted to be a writer?
Back in 2014, I was posting my humor material on Facebook and my brother asked me “Man..why are you “giving” your material away? You should write a book!”....so I started organizing my material and submitted it to a self-publishing assistant. I “self-published” my first book and I discontinued it because it wasn’t “bookstore” quality. I am going to re-publish it professionally next year. This is my second book.
3. Do you write for a living or do you have another career?
I am currently retired and I do not write for a living.
4. Who is your favorite author and why?
I don’t really have a favorite but I recently read Stacy Abram’s book “Our time is now” for inspiration and insight about what really goes on behind the voting scene that I found very interesting and eye-opening.
5. What inspires you?
I am inspired by seeing others happy and laughing especially in these difficult times! If I can make just one person’s day with my humor, I am happy.
6. What does your typical day look like as an author?
I spend my days normally as a retiree but I do advertise my book as much as possible. I am working on another book in the near future (a re-do of my first book which I discontinued) and I also write down new material for it every day as it comes to me.
7. What is the name of your book? What is it about? What inspired you to write it?
My book is titled “For a pun time call Smitty” and it is a combination of “Yo Mama/Family” Jokes, Bad Pickup Lines (from a guy’s standpoint), and miscellaneous jokes with a “play on words” format. My inspiration came from others enjoying my humor and many telling me that I have made their day because of it!
8. What piece of advice would you like to give to future aspiring writers?
When you get ideas for material, always have a pen and paper handy to write it down right then. You may forget it later and that could be a keyword or paragraph to base your book on. Also, it’s ok to take a break if you hit a blank spot........but don’t take too long of a break because that break could turn into the norm and you will have an unfinished product for longer than you should and with that, your inspiration diminishes.
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