What me - funny?
Two years ago I was on the edge of my seat waiting for the reviews of my first book, The Highlander's Heart. I was thrilled when Publisher's Weekly gave me a favorable review writing, "the talented Forester has constructed a highly entertaining debut romantic comedy." Great! Wonderful! Wait... comedy? I wrote a comedy?
Now don't get me wrong, I enjoy a good laugh as much as the next person, but I have no idea how to write anything amusing. If someone asked me to write something funny, I would stare blankly and edge for the door. Fortunately, I am not the one in control. My characters are. And they are infinitely more amusing than I could ever be.
Take this moment in True Highland Spirit where my heroine, Morrigan, is trying to spark a little romance in her life:
Etiquette books were of no use whatsoever. Morrigan rummaged through her mother’s things trying to find something useful. She had spent the past two hours struggling to read a book that purported to be a guide for ladies but it was no help.
“Morrigan? Are ye… reading?” asked Alys.
Morrigan glanced up at her sister-in-law. “I think I might show my earlobes.”
“This book is no’ verra helpful, but it did warn showing the earlobe may send a man into an uncontrolled, lustful frenzy.”
“Ye canna show yer earlobe. ’Tis no’ proper.”
“Hang proper. I’m looking for uncontrolled, lustful frenzy.”
I do enjoy reading humor. In fact, I started reading romance during a particularly difficult time in my life and I naturally gravitated toward books that could make me laugh. I already had enough of things that could make me cry. It is the amazing power of humor to lift the spirit and to give the gift of laughter even in difficult circumstances. Those books were vital and life-affirming to me - so important during the rough times.
So when I write, I naturally write things I would enjoy reading. This includes action, adventure, romance, and even if I don't intend it, a moment or two of humor to make it all the more enjoyable. I especially enjoy characters who are able to laugh at themselves - a very important attribute we all could use!
Do you enjoy humor in books? What authors have you read that make you laugh out loud? I love books that make other people in the room stare at me because I'm suddenly overcome with giggles and they have no idea what is wrong with me. Good times...
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* This contest is only open to residents of US and Canada.* This contest will close 10 PM (Central) on March 30, 2012.
The winner will be randomly selected from all entries.
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Winner will have 72 hours to respond by email or the winners form linked in the announcement.
Thanks for inviting me to guest blog today!ReplyDelete
What a coincidence...I am reading The Highlander's Heart right now. So far, I am really enjoying the romance and the humor. The heroine is having so many things go wrong for her, and the hero is always having to save her.ReplyDelete
I am looking forward to finishing it, and then reading this next book.
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The Highlanders Heart was an amazing book and I believe so will True Highland Spirit. You are a wonderful writer and I enjoy reading your books. I look forward to more books from you Amanda!!ReplyDelete
thank you for another chance to win your book :)
I don't usually search out books with comedy in them, but I do enjoy a good laugh. Your excerpt made me laugh. I love Highland romances and can't wait to read your new release. Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyDelete
I loved The Highlander's Heart Amanda. I'm looking forward to reading True Highland Spirit. It's at the top of my TRL right now. Humor in books is great. It helps lighten the turmoil between the characters and who doesn't like a good laugh ? Immediately I thought of Claudia Dain's The Courtesan series. I love the series and it was the first time I found myself laughing out loud so many times while reading. Try her books in this series. Thanks for this chance to win.ReplyDelete
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Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good. Tore923@aol.comReplyDelete
Thank you for the chance to win, I love the cover and excerpt! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcomReplyDelete
I do like to give a chuckle now and then while reading. While that's not necessarily comedy it is fun. I enjoyed reading the excerpt and your book covers are fantastic.ReplyDelete
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I do love humor in books. I enjoy reading Janet Evanovich and Mary Kay Andrews.ReplyDelete
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Thank you for the chance to win this is one of my most wanted reads .I love the excerpt and cover .Humor in my reads are a must there is nothing better than laughing along with the characters .Have a great weekendReplyDelete
I like to read humor in book also.This book sounds really good.Delete
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This book is on the top of my must read list and I would LOVE to win a copy!! I love to read humor in my books, especially if it makes me giggle to myself and makes everyone around me think I'm just a little bit insane! I love Diana Gabaldon's books because she's really good at injecting humor at just the right places:)ReplyDelete
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Very enjoyable post! The book sounds very good.ReplyDelete
Hi! Nice post! I do enjoy humour in Romance book! Kresley Cole is one of my favvourite PNR author that have and use a really good sense of humour : my fav characters from her are Nix and Regins, both really funny! Thanks for this chance :)ReplyDelete
A little bit of humor does a lot for the story line It can make a story fun,but I do not go for the books with over the top humor. It needs to be well proportionedReplyDelete
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I intentionally add in a book with a bit of comedy every now and again. They help keep my stess level down!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the chance!
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