This is always the hard part—talking about myself—which, if you think about it, doesn’t make sense. I mean, I’ve had plenty of practice. At least fifty-three years worth, minus the year or so it took me to learn to speak.
When I was a pre-kindergartner, I used to pretend I was writing while my friends begged me to make mud pies instead. This should have hinted to my parents that one day I’d grow up to be abnormal. Looking back, I’d say my behavior definitely foreshadowed a future direction toward unemployment. Unless, of course, you call writing freelance columns and articles for wages that don’t quite cover the cost of paper and printer cartridges “employment.”
Fed up with making next to nothing for my work, in 2006, I decided to write and publish my first book of humor stories. This gave me a superb tax deduction that year! But the advent of eReaders has managed to turn that situation around. Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road made the top 100 Kindle Humor Books list, as did my second book, Deedee Divine’s Totally Skewed Guide to Life. My latest book, Stilettos No More, was released in December 2010. I am currently working on a fourth book of humor essays and completing my first novel.
If you want to learn more about my work and background, please visit my website, www.TotallySkewed.com. And if you feel inclined to support this insane dream I have of making a living as a writer, I hope you will consider purchasing one or two or ten of my books.
Why I write humor
The world is a scary, confusing and absurd place—one that often fails to exhibit kindness, sympathy or any type of logical rewards (especially in the form of paychecks). I can’t answer the big questions. Most of the time, I can’t even answer the small ones. All I can do is chuckle at my efforts to succeed in spite of whatever life throws at me. And believe me, it’s slung a lot of fecal matter my way.
I firmly believe that laughter changes our vibrations and opens the doors to new awareness and possibilities. Humor is my method for coping with loss, anxiety, pain and embarrassing facial hair.
I’m currently working on a collection of stories about IBS “accidents.” These essays, titled Crap Chronicles: When IBS Strikes in All the Wrong Places, will be offered in Kindle format sometime in late July 2011.
My first novel will be released in November 2011.
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