We would like to welcome author Lacy Camey to the blog! Her adult romantic comedy,The Last Page (Living, Loving and Laughing Again), is on tour with CLP (Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours) and we are very pleased to have her stopping here today! My guest post topic dealt with something I’ve wondered every time I read a book with humor. Are the writers themselves funny in real life?
Thank you for having me! When I saw the prompt from Samantha that you requested I talk about how I keep humor in my work, I first immediately took the question as a huge compliment! I am happy to find that some humor is perceived in my book.
The next thing I did was ask my husband who was siting next to me when I received the e mail, “Do you think I’m funny?” Because I think like anyone, when they’re asked to talk about humor, unless they’re Tina Fey or Steve Carell, may be a little hesitant to talk about it because there is always that fear of someone saying: well, you know, you’re really not that funny now that I think of it!
But, honestly, I live my life pretty upbeat. I like to laugh and I’m very optimistic.
You see, I don’t consider myself a funny person; I consider myself light-hearted, free-spirited, and goofy/silly. I do have a contemplative side, I guess that’s the writer side of me, but I prefer to stay light. Put me in a crowd and have me tell a joke on the spot, besides telling the joke about there was this one time where this blonde…and did you hear about that Aggie? Besides one liners, and probably choking on the delivery!- I don’t really set out to be funny. I think it comes down to just saying what comes to my mind without really filtering it with, “Oh my gosh, what will they think if I said this?” I usually just say it. I find that real humor is spontaneous and not really thought out too hard. It’s just natural. Maybe that’s why “Whose Line is it Anyway” was so funny, because everything was improv, organic and natural.
At the heart of who I am, I just like to have fun. I’ve had a few people tell me I’m funny and I’m always taken by surprise. I don’t let it sit too long because I’m around a lot of funny people all the time. My husband is the funniest person I know. He is always making me laugh and is just so quick and witty. So, I guess that’s the atmosphere of our home.
Some of my favorite movies are those movies that make me feel good and laugh. That’s the feeling I want to project to my chick-lit/romantic comedy readers.
I also think situations can be created to be funny, and sometimes it’s not even involving dialogue that’s comedic. It involves the plot.
When it comes to my writing, I really felt like the tone of voice with The Last Page should be light since the subject matter was so heavy that Norah went through.
When I was in college, I took a script writing class where we learned through Robert McKee’s book, “Story” to start the book in polar opposites. If the book starts out sad, end it with a happy ending, etc. Naturally, I thought, well if my story is dealing with a horrible dramatic matter at hand, I don’t want to depress my readers; there needs to be comedic relief! So I tried my best to keep it light and I really interjected my personal voice into the story.
For someone to say my book made them laugh at all, is a huge honor and I’m very happy to hear. I don’t know if I just got lucky with The Last Page and a light voice, but hopefully since Proverbs says out of a man’s heart he speaks (or in this case, writes), hopefully, since I try to stay goofy and light at heart, my other books will portray that. I guess you and I will both see, in a few months when the next two books release, huh!
If you would like to enter for a $10 Amazon Gift Card, please leave a comment on Lacy Camey’s tour page at CLP Blog Tour.
Lacy Camey is a fiction writer and lives in Houston, Texas with her musician/producer/songwriter husband, Joel, and has a cat who acts like a dog, named Blue. When she isn’t writing, or collaborating with her husband, she enjoys being outside, running, working out, reading, cooking, is a huge movie buff and loves watching reality shows on Bravo, especially The Real Housewives franchise. She loves having fun, enjoying the life God has given her and loves to encourage others to follow their bliss. She secretly dreams of going on the Amazing Race with her husband on CBS but is still trying to convince him to audition. Every book written by Lacy Camey purchased by others, a portion goes to supporting an orphanage in Southern America. Lacy has plans to build an orphanage very soon with proceeds from her books. You can stay updated on the process at her blog at www.lacycameywrites.com.
Lacy would love to stay in contact with her readers. Feel free to visit her blog and website at www.lacycameywrites.com or follow her on twitter @lacycamey or e-mail: lacycameywrites (at) gmail (dot) com