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
- 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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