Interview With A Syndicated Humor Writer & Author CAPPY HALL REARICK
- 2. What do you love about writing? I love that it lubricates my brain. I don't ever want to get to the point where my interaction with friends and family revolves around old lady ailments, knee replacements and hearing aids. I'd much rather bore them into the middle of next week by telling them about the exploits of my current character, Bailey McGee. She's much more interesting than organic diets and fiber pills.
- 3. What do you find most challenging about it? Some days the challenge is simply stringing sentences together that make sense. In column writing, the challenge is always, ALWAYS to come up with a subject with universal appeal. As a grandmother, I gag when authors write about their adorable children or grandchildren. In contrast, I write about my Grandkids from Hell, and you know what? I get more positive feedback than I do when I write about other things. I also enjoy writing nostalgia but find that as I get older, it becomes a challenge to remember experiences as they really happened. So what do I do? I lie.
- 4. What advice do you have for struggling writers? I often advise them to begin by writing short pieces for local newspapers, even fish wraps. Those are great venues to help one find his/her voice and to learn about what William Zinsser called "word clutter." (That's particularly difficult for Southern writers, both newbie’s and those of us who have been around the block.) Writing for local papers is such a good way to build a readership, or platform as it's called today. And I'm pretty convinced that the small, local newspapers in this country will survive the larger ones like the Trib and the Times. Folks in small towns all over America have a habit of reading the obits if, for no other reason, to make sure their own name is not listed.
- 5. Where do you see the publishing industry heading? Everything will go electronic and it won't be long in coming. My author friends all say that their e-books are outselling print books three to one. I see that in my own books as well. We live in a mach-speed world and although there will always be people who prefer to hold a book in their hands and turn the pages themselves, they are becoming fewer in number. I have a vast home library and love every one of my books. They look so pretty on the shelves. That said, these days I read everything on my Kindle and I dare anyone to challenge me on it! Electronics is the wave of the future so we might just as well accept it like that movie title: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Well, kinda, sorta.
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