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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Author interview with multi-genre writer Roger Hurn (revisited)

Back in January 2014, I interviewed author Roger Hurn for my WordPress blog. I hope you enjoy it...

Welcome to the six hundred and ninety-ninth of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, biographers, agents, publishers and more. Today’s is with multi-genre author Roger Hurn. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further.
Morgen: Hello, Roger. Please tell us something about yourself, where you’re based, and how you came to be a writer.
RogerRoger: I live in South East London and I spent quite a few years as a teacher in the inner city. The pupils there can be pretty challenging as anybody who’s ever stood in front of  a class of bored teenagers on a wet Thursday will tell you, but I found the best way to survive was by telling stories with cliffhanger endings.  These grabbed the kids’ attention and made them eager to hear more.  It meant that I could use the stories as a way of keeping order and creating an atmosphere conducive to learning.  Believe me, if my stories weren’t up to the mark they didn’t hesitate to let me know, so I soon learned how to tell a lean, mean narrative with colourful characters and an all-action plot.  Then, when I’d mastered that, it seemed to be a natural progression to write them down and try and have them published.
Morgen: I’ve just started teaching adults creative writing, two evenings a week (more next term), and love it because, apart from talking about my favourite subject for two hours, they’re there because they want to be, not have to be and they’re so keen. What genre do you generally write and have you considered other genres?
Roger: I started off writing books for children, particularly for those kids who are classed as “reluctant readers”.  I wanted them to discover the joy and pleasure that reading brings so my books for them are like a springboard they can use to dive into the world of their imagination.  Judging by the feedback I’ve had, it seems to have worked for an awful lot of children and I’m very proud of that!
BiMHowever, these days I’m really enjoying working on a series of crime novellas for adults. These feature Ryan Kyd, a hard-nosed, but soft centred ex member of the elite Diplomatic Protection Group.  In his time, action man Ryan has guarded Royalty and Prime Ministers and faced down terrorists.  Now he’s set up on his own as a Private Investigator on the mean streets of South London. 
This may seem like quite a jump from writing for children but I think writing crime thrillers for adults is not so different for writing attention grabbing books for kids. Both have high standards and want crisp no-nonsense writing, sharp dialogue, interesting characters they can believe in and action packed storylines that keep them turning the page. And, above all, the writer has a duty to entertain his audience and leave them demanding more – so that’s what I try to do.
Morgen: Absolutely. No one should write down to children. They’re highly intelligent and won’t thank you for it. What have you had published to-date? Do you write under a pseudonym?
Roger: I have had over eighty books for children published and now I’ve had three Ryan Kyd books published plus a Ryan Kyd Omnibus.  I don’t use a pseudonym, for better or for worse I am who I am. 
Morgen: :) Are your books available as eBooks? How involved were you in that process? Do you read eBooks or is it paper all the way?
Roger:  The Ryan Kyd books are published by Endeavour Press, who claim to be the UK’s leading independent digital publisher, so they are all available as ebooks.  My involvement is in writing the books and then handing them over to my editor at Endeavour.  In fact it works in exactly the same way it does when I have a paperback book for children published. 
I love reading books but am now downloading the vast majority of the books I read onto my Kindle. 
Morgen: Me too. I get a daily email from http://digitalbooktoday.com/free-kindle-books with a list of free ones so apart from collections of short stories for review (and most of those are sent to me by the authors) or I spot an author I like, I don’t have to buy eBooks. Do you have a favourite of your books or characters?
Roger: My favourite book that I’ve written is The Dead of Winter. http://amzn.to/1hHD5nD It features Ryan Kyd and his attempts to track down an amber necklace that Napoleon gave to Josephine. 
TheDeadofWinterKindleSingleOne reviewer said: “The story continues to develop the author’s trade marks: the fast paced narrative; the sharp, witty characterisation; the moral ambiguities; the crackling dialogue; the comic use of similes and the constant ability to surprise.”  Naturally I agree with every word!
Morgen: Reader feedback makes not only our day, but all the hard work worthwhile (as if we didn’t love what we do). If your books were audiobooked, whom would you have as the narrator(s)?
Roger: Actually, because the Ryan Kyd books have proved popular, Amazon bought the audio rights to all three books and they picked me to be the voice of Ryan!  I’ve recorded the first two: Business is Murder and Hand of Darkness and I’ll be recording The Dead of Winter in the New Year.  Sadly, Humphrey Bogart wasn’t available!  Here’s the link to Business is Murder. http://bit.ly/1cunAM9
Morgen: Oh wow. Congratulations. Which authors did you read when you were younger and did they shape you as a writer?
Roger: I loved all the Raymond Chandler novels and my Ryan Kyd books are my, sadly nowhere near as successful, attempt to emulate the master of the genre.
Morgen: “nowhere near as successful”…yet. Did you choose the titles / covers of your books?
handRoger: No, Amazon Kindle and Endeavour changed all the titles I’d come up with and selected the covers.  I don’t mind as I think they’ve done a great job and they’ve left the stories intact!
Morgen: That’s the most important thing. I recall horror writer Dean Koontz (who had 500+ rejections, by the way) quoted as saying that there was 9% of his writing left in one of his books. He’s a bestseller so I’d say his editors knew what they were doing, although I’m sure that’s an exaggeration, but it shows strong writing when editors change little of it. What are you working on at the moment / next?
Roger: I’ve been commissioned to write a British version of the Jack Reacher novels.  It’s quite a challenge but I’m enjoying it.
Morgen: Wow. That’s fantastic. Jack Reacher’s incredibly popular so it’ll be interesting to see what your US readers make of it. Do you manage to write every day, or ever suffer from writer’s block?
Roger: I write every day.  I always say only very well off people can afford to suffer from writer’s block.  However, if I do find myself stuck, I hop on my bike and go for a cycle in the local park.  It always seems to get my creative juices flowing.
Morgen: Having a break is the best thing to do; whether it’s moving on to another creative project or something completely different. Do you plot your stories or do you just get an idea and run with it?
Roger: It’s a combination of both really.  Though once the story starts to roll, it does gain a momentum all of its own and it often ends up in a place I hadn’t planned on going.  For example, I thought I had The Dead of Winter all worked out and finished but something kept nagging at me.  I shrugged it off and went to sleep but when I work up the next morning I had a completely new ending in my head which worked far better.
Morgen: I plotted (although loosely) my first one and it went off at so many tangents that I didn’t plot much after that, although on reflection I should have done for a series I’m working on. Do you have a method for creating your characters, their names and what do you think makes them believable?
Roger: Nearly all the characters in the Ryan Kyd books are based on people I either know or who I’ve met whilst doing my research.  South London is a very lively place and I’ve lived and worked in it for long enough to meet more than my fair share of characters and hear their stories.  For example, Ryan himself is based on an ex DPG officer that I know personally.   
Morgen: I bet he’s chuffed, and a useful contact to have for getting your facts right. We talked about editing a moment ago, do you do a lot of editing before you submit your books to your editor, or do you find that as time goes on your writing is more fully-formed?
Roger: My writing has become more assured but I think a good editor is worth their weight in gold.
Morgen: I’d agree, but then I’m a freelance editor. :) Do you have to do much research?
HardCasesRoger: I’ve done lots of research for the Ryan Kyd books and I was lucky enough to spend an afternoon in the company of the Queen’s jeweller, Geoffrey Munn, when researching the backstory for The Dead of Winter.  Geoffrey had a fund of fascinating stories to share and he even allowed me into the vaults to look at and touch some priceless artefacts that the general public never gets to see.
Morgen: Ah, the joys of being a writer. Isn’t it great. What point of view do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
Roger: The Ryan Kyd books are all told in the first person.  After all, they’re Ryan’s stories.
Morgen: That’s interesting. Most writers go with third person because they can then have several points of view but as you say, they’re Ryan’s stories. I mentioned Dean Koontz’s 500+ rejections, have you had any rejections? If so, how do you deal with them?
Roger: I have had my share of rejections but you have to try and learn from them.  However, I recently read the story of how an editor at the BBC turned down John Cleese and Connie Booth’s script for Fawlty Towers saying it was rubbish.  As John Cleese said later it just shows that nobody really knows what will be successful and what won’t.  It’s all just a matter of opinion.  I think it’s helpful to keep that in mind when coping with yet another thumbs down.
Morgen: I tell my students that it’s just the right thing for the wrong person / market. Everything good has its place. Do you have an agent? Do you think they’re vital to an author’s success?
Roger: I used to have an agent but now I represent myself.  My agent was great for opening doors and for doing hard bargaining but when she retired I thought I’d go it alone.  It’s worked out reasonably well so far.
Morgen: Oh, great. That’s encouraging for those of us without one (but who have tried to get one). Do you do much marketing for your published works or indeed for yourself as a ‘brand’?
Roger: I did an interview about being a writer for the BBC a few months back and they called me a “one man brand” but that was a pun because I’m also a songwriter and they had me playing and singing one of my songs as part of the introduction.  http://greenstick.bandcamp.com/track/poison-ivy
Morgen: How funny. The BBC is generally very supportive of new writers and their http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom has some great information / advice. What advice would you give aspiring writers?
Roger: My advice is to read as much as you possibly can and also to stop worrying about whether or not you can write and just get on with doing it.
Morgen: Yes, indeed. One of my ladies says everything she writes feels like the stories she’s read but I say unless she’s picking out specific passages, it’s not copying the author but the author’s voice. It takes time for any new author to find their own. If you could invite three people from any era to dinner, who would you choose and what would you cook (or hide the takeaway containers)?
Roger: Raymond Chandler, Oscar Wilde and Shakespeare.  If I could conjure up these three, I guess I could also conjure up the shade of Escoffier to do the cooking.
Morgen: Ah, Auguste Escoffier, bon plan. Are you involved in anything else writing-related other than actual writing or marketing of your writing?
Roger: I write songs and perform with my song writing partner.  We have had some interest from the US over a couple of our songs and we are currently negotiating a deal but it’s a legal minefield.
Morgen: I’d recommend joining the Society of Authors (http://www.societyofauthors.org). I’m sure you’d meet their membership requirement. Once you’ve been offered a contract (as I was for my chick lit novel), you can apply to join, and once accepted, you get free legal advice. It costs about £100 a year to belong but that advice alone is worth it.
I’d love to write songs. If your partner would be interested in writing a guest post about how to do it, I’d love to host him / her. Where can we find out about you and your writing?
Roger: I have a website: www.roger-hurn.co.uk. If you want to listen to my songs go to: http://greenstick.bandcamp.com.
Morgen: Thank you, Roger. It’s great chatting with you again.
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I then invited Roger to include a synopsis of his latest book, The Dead of Winter…
It’s Christmas Eve and, while the rest of London is celebrating, Private Investigator Ryan Kyd is drowning his sorrows in his local pub.  On his way back to his office to crash out on his sofa he sees a woman being mugged in the street.  Her handbag has been stolen and it contains a priceless necklace she’s borrowed from the auction house where she works.  If she can’t get it back she faces not only losing her job but a jail sentence as well!  Gallantly, Ryan agrees to deal with the problem for this damsel in distress but he soon comes to regret his decision as nothing about this case is as it seems.
Then, as Christmas Day unfolds, Ryan is caught up in a conspiracy of passion, lies, theft and murder.  Can he unravel the mystery of the missing necklace or will he end up amongst the Dead of Winter?
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Roger Hurn is both a writer of crime fiction for adults and a writer of books for reluctant readers. He has had over 90 books published as well as musical plays, CD-Roms and the Oxford English eQuest digital literacy series. His book: The Beast of Hangman’s Hill was selected by The Book Trust for their Bookbuzz List 2012/13 and his collection of folk tales: East of the Sun, West of the Moon was chosen by Scholastic as one of their Great Reads for World Book Day 2009. His first crime book Business is Murder, featuring London based private investigator Ryan Kyd, went to number one on the Amazon Kindle Singles chart. The following two books in the series Hand of Darkness and The Dead of Winter have been equally successful.
Roger is very much involved with the Read to a Million Kids campaign and with The Book Trust's drive to promote literacy.
Roger is also man who enjoys keeping fit and he has written a book and DVD on fitness and dance for A & C Black, 101 Dance Ideas. He co-authored it with Cush Jumbo a young Olivier Award nominated actress who won the Evening Standard’s Best Newcomer Award 2013.  The book is aimed at fighting the obesity epidemic that is plaguing so many of our children but Roger says that even someone with two left feet like himself can use the DVD to have fun and keep in shape!
Back in the dim and distant past, Roger was an actor in the Exploding Trouser Company and he also won The Weakest Link on BBC TV.  He was the drummer and chief lyric writer of a band that once had a hit record in Turkey (though sadly nowhere else!) and, on a storytelling trip to West Africa, Roger was given the title Mallam Oga (Wise teacher, Big Boss).  Or, at least, that’s what the locals assured him Mallan Oga means! 
In his spare time he plays seven-a-side football for a local team and, to the horror of music lovers everywhere – his words – plays guitar in a band.
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Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Author interview with Shirley You Jest Fiction Winner Amy Sprenger (revisited)

Back in January 2014, I interviewed author Amy Sprenger for my WordPress blog. I hope you enjoy it...
Welcome to another of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, biographers, agents, publishers and more. Today’s is with writer and blogger Amy Sprenger. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further.
Morgen: Hello, Amy. Please tell us something about yourself, where you’re based, and how you came to be a writer.
Amy SprengerAmy: Hi, Morgen, thanks for having me! I’m Amy Sprenger, mother of three, wife of one (so far, although we could always up and go polygamist some day), house frau, and when I actually stop procrastinating, author. I live in Chicago, where I used to be a sports writer and editor, then horrified Sheryl Sandberg by leaning waaaaaay out to stay home with my kids. While full-time mothering was rewarding (and also unpaid) and we made special, special memories (like my daughter pooping on my leg when she was potty training and my son coloring on the hardwood floors with a Sharpie), I needed something more before my brain turned into a soggy Cheerio. I had hilarious material in our everyday life, so I started blogging about my family as a creative outlet. Eight years later, I’ve published two books based on my mothering life and I’m still blogging irregularly about the crazy stuff my kids do.
Morgen: I love the image of a soggy Cheerio’d brain. What have you had published to-date? Do you write under a pseudonym?
cover_finalAmy: My first book, Baby Bumps: The Almost, Barely, Not-Quite-True Story of Pregnancy, Bed Rest and One Batshit Crazy Family, was published in July 2012. My second book, Over My Dead Potty, a short collection of humorous essays about potty training, was published in October 2013. Considering the embarrassing things I write about my children, I probably should use a pseudonym, but I don’t. Someday they’ll probably pay me back by changing their names to avoid association with me and my slanderous musings.
Morgen: Or, hopefully, be very proud. Which authors did you read when you were younger and did they shape you as a writer?
Amy: Believe it or not, I started reading Erma Bombeck when I was in seventh grade. I would take her books out of the library and devour them, finding the stories she told about her family hilarious and touching. Really, she was the first “mommy blogger” out there – not afraid to tell everyone that parenting isn’t all hot chocolate with marshmallows on snowy days and unicorns pooping rainbows in the backyard. It’s hard and real and funny and tragic and confusing and mind-boggling, usually all on the same day.
Morgen: Definitely an influence then. What are you working on at the moment / next?
Amy: I am just finishing up my third book, a memoir tentatively called, Yes Mommy. I didn’t say “no”, “don’t”, or “stop” to my kids for thirty days. Spoiler alert: I’m still alive, so they didn’t actually kill me; it just felt like it most days. It was an interesting experiment that I would recommend to every parent. Well, every parent who enjoys giving in to each and every deranged demand of a five-year-old mind.
Morgen: I’m only a parent to a 13-year-old Jack Russell / Cairn-cross but he has his moments of derangedness. Do you manage to write every day, or ever suffer from writer’s block?
Amy: Now that all three of my kids are in school all day, you would think I would be cranking books out like term papers. But you would be wrong. There’s just too much fun to be had now that I’m alone all day! I play tennis, go to yoga, have coffee with friends, take thirty-minute showers without anyone banging on the door, pee by myself with the door closed, eat cookies without having to share them and go to the grocery store without anyone ‘helping’ me by throwing random things in the cart. Somehow, I’m getting the third book done, but probably not on the timetable my agent was envisioning. In all seriousness, however, I do try to write each day while my kids are at school so I can play the role of Super Mom / Chauffeur / Referee / Chef / Maid when I pick them up each afternoon.
Morgen: It’s certainly satisfying to write something and as I told my creative writing students, 300 words a day is 100,000 words a year. Do you have to do much research?
Amy: Thankfully, as I write memoirs, I don’t have to research anything. But I am constantly making little notes to myself in my phone about things that happen or funny stuff that comes out of the kids’ mouths. Occasionally, if I am writing about something that happened several years ago, I will have to look up some pop culture reference to coincide with the time period I’m writing about, which usually results in me losing myself in a haze of YouTube and the Us Weekly website for six straight hours.
Morgen: Ah yes, the downside of the joy that is the internet. Have you had any rejections? If so, how do you deal with them?
Amy: Is there any writer who HASN’T had rejections??? My first book, Baby Bumps, went on three rounds of submissions and we kept hearing that they loved the writing and thought my voice was hilarious, but that they couldn’t buy another mommy blogger book because they weren’t selling anymore. In typical me fashion, I missed the window on that by six months. Six months earlier and I would have been the darling of the publishing world. Sigh. But I knew this book could sell, so my agent, Jessica Faust, and I decided to self-publish it together, and it’s done very well. Writing is a tricky business and you need a thick skin. First, you get rejected by agents. Then, once you get an agent, you get rejected by publishing houses. And once you are published, you’re rejected by readers all over the place. You just have to focus on the next thing and keep grinding away. Writing well is the best revenge!
Morgen: Absolutely. I love getting mine! And the fact that Dean Koontz had 500 rejections is always encouraging. Thank you, Amy. It’s been great chatting with you.
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I then invited Amy to include an excerpt of her writing and Amy said…
This is a post where I live-blog my husband’s vasectomy. Oh yes, I witnessed it and wrote about it. He got to witness the birth of our three children, so I thought it was only fair…
2:25 p.m.: We arrive downtown at the doctor’s office in typical Snarky Family fashion, that is, 10 minutes late. I drop Josh in front of the building and go to park the car. In the parking structure. Which sets him off because he can’t understand why I won’t drive around looking for street parking for an hour. Answer: because I am not him and I would rather pay the $20 and annoy the living hell out of him.
2:45 p.m.:  They call Josh back for his scheduled 3:15 appointment and I tag along. The nurse ushers us to a room and says the doctor will come in to meet with us and then they’ll have me go back to the waiting room. Little do they know, I am planning to blog about this and there is no way in hell I am leaving that room. I tell her I would actually like to stay and she stops dead in her tracks and looks incredulously at me.
“Well, umm, we really don’t have many people want to observe and I’m not sure what the doctor will say about that, but you can ask him,” she says.
You mean most people don’t want to see their husband’s balls get sliced and diced like a hibachi shrimp? Why the hell not?
2:47 p.m.: A rather attractive nurse comes in and tells Josh to remove all of his clothes and he gets super excited, thinking she’s hitting on him.
2:50 p.m.: Josh wonders where the scalpel is. I tell him they actually use a butter knife from the office kitchen, so the doctor will probably grab it out of the sink on his way in.
2:51 p.m.: A different nurse comes in and busies herself opening all the various surgical packages and cloths. She does this without latex gloves and without washing her hands. Awesome. After she leaves I point this out to Josh and he looks ill.
2:55 p.m.: We play a rousing game of “Name that Scrotum Part” utilizing the handy wall-mounted diagram.
3:05 p.m.: Still waiting.
3:10 p.m.: Yep, still waiting. Josh is looking more pale by the minute.
3:13 p.m.: The doctor arrives. Finally. Handshakes all around. He looks hard at me. “This is highly unusual to have a spouse want to witness the procedure,” he says. “Are you squeamish? Are you going to pass out?” Dude, if I thought I was going to pass out I would most certainly not have asked to watch. I assure him I am good to go. He asks, again, “Are you SURE you won’t pass out?” Now I am offended. Do I look like a pansy-ass wuss who can’t stomach seeing someone’s balls splayed open? “I used to be in hospital PR and I have witnessed brain surgery and open-heart surgery,” I say. “I feel confident I won’t pass out. In fact, if you need me to scrub in, let’s do it.”  Josh says, “Doc, as long as you don’t pass out, she can do whatever she wants.”
3:16 p.m.: Josh is locked and loaded. The doctor assures him that if the pain is too bad, they’ll stop because there’s no need to be a hero. Excuse me? Be. A. Hero. Josh. Seriously, suck it up because I can assure you any pain you feel right now will pale in comparison to the pain of hearing the phrase, “I’m pregnant” again.
3:17 p.m. The doctor asks Josh if he’s overly sensitive in the general region of the surgery, and Josh shrugs and says not really. The doctor aggressively begins washing the entire region with sterile wash, causing Josh to wheeze, “Wow, that’s … cold. I guess I am a little sensitive when it comes to my testicles.” The doc then pulls out a needle and announces that he’s going to numb the area now. Josh asks if they use any topical pain relief for the needle and the doctor waves his hand dismissively. Nope.
3:20 p.m.: The needle goes in and Josh’s breath whooshes out. Three different times. I actually watch his toes curl, but he doesn’t cry. He’s Ford tough.
3:22 p.m.: Doc is narrating his actions for the crowd, and while my view is partially obstructed, I have a direct line of sight of Josh’s face. And when the good doc reaches in and grabs the actual tube out, I see Josh’s ass leave the table he flinches so hard. Now, I actually do feel bad. When the doctor sticks the needle in to the tube to numb it, I suggest going to his happy place. Josh grits his teeth and doesn’t laugh.
3:27 p.m.: The first side is done. Josh’s toes haven’t uncurled since things got going, but I am on the edge of my seat. This is kinda cool. How many people can say they’ve seen the inside of their husband’s balls? I am a pioneer.
3:28 p.m.: Aaaand we’re starting Round II.
3:29 p.m.: This would be a great place to tell all the women reading to hide the following paragraph from your husband. I had no idea that there would be so much pain associated with this surgery. I feel really sorry for Josh right now. Not sorrier than I felt for myself when I was having a cerclage removed with no numbing shot, but pretty sorry. Josh says I can shove my sorries in a sack.
3:34: “I’m just sewing up the incision now,” the doctor says. “You really shouldn’t be feeling much of anything. Josh replies, “Really? Because… Yeah… I’m still feeling it.” The doctor says it’ll be over soon.
3:40 p.m.: The doctor helps Josh sit up. I’m not sure how he’s going to get his shoes on with his toes in a permanently curled position. I wonder if he can even walk like that. But more pressing would be how he’s going to walk after having his balls sliced like a loaf of bread. He looks pale, but he’s alive.
3:41 p.m.: The doctor hands Josh a wad of gauze and me two prescriptions. Painkillers!? These are totally for me, right? No? Oh. Oh right, for Josh.
3:42 p.m. The doctor tells me Josh is not allowed to do any chores around the house for the next year. I fake laugh. Josh winces. Are you kidding me? We have three kids — he’s totally giving them their baths tonight and the recycling needs to go out and someone has to take Jack to soccer tomorrow. It’s not like he had an angioplasty, for Christ’s sake.
The next few hours are a haze of rotating bags of frozen vegetables (organic, natch) and Tylenol doses. Josh spends the rest of the night in bed, icing his balls. “Who’s up for some loving?” I quip. His eyes light up. Really? REALLY? Don’t be absurd my friend. I get out the brochure and show him where it specifically states he has to wait a week. He says rules are made to be broken. I quickly run away.
But the big man was up walking around early the next day.  He showered, dressed and took Jack to his soccer game, then to the playground afterward.  As afternoon arrived and college football was about to begin, suddenly Josh complained of soreness and insisted he rest and watch some football.  The next day again he was up and at ’em early.  We went out to brunch and everything was fine.  Then NFL football was about to begin, and lo and behold, soreness once again in the groin region for Josh.
I let that line work on me for two days, but I sure as hell won’t be letting it fly next weekend.
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And a short synopsis of her latest book…
If your potty training checklist includes training pants, flushable wipes, plastic tarps for covering furniture, a stack of US Weekly magazines and a case of wine, then this is the book for you.
The author of "BABY BUMPS: The Almost, Barely, Not-Quite True Story of Pregnancy, Bed Rest and One Bat Shit Crazy Family" and the award-winning blog "Snarky Mommy," Amy Sprenger is sure to have you howling with laughter and cringing in sympathy as she slogs through the toilet training trenches.
From unsuccessfully convincing her six-week-old baby to pee in a toilet to Cloroxing her own excrement-encrusted leg, Sprenger rolls with the punches and takes readers along for the ride in this short collection of essays.
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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000031_00006]Amy Sprenger is the author of the award-winning blog, http://SnarkyMommy.com, where she tells it like it is and isn't afraid to make fun of herself or her questionable parenting prowess.
The author of Baby Bumps: The Almost, Barely, Not-Quite-True Story of Pregnancy, Bed Rest and One Batshit Crazy Family and Over My Dead Potty, she has three kids under eight and a penchant for getting herself into ridiculous situations.
A former news and sports reporter, Amy lives with her husband and children in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood where she silently judges all the other parents.
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Morgen’s Online Non-Fiction Writing Group
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Morgen’s Online Poetry Writing Group
Morgen’s Online Script Writing Group
Morgen’s Online Short Story Writing Group
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