Thank you so much, Nikki, for inviting me onto the blog! I’m Lucy Woodhull, and I write romantic comedies full of women being driven crazy by men, and not always in the good way. My latest book is The Dimple of Doom, book one in the Samantha Lytton series — it’s the harrowing tale of a secretary and the thief who both screws up and fixes her life. Here’s the blurb~
Failed actress Samantha Lytton is getting along just fine in her lonely little life when a charming criminal called Sam or Nate or maybe even Richmond kisses her, square dances most provocatively, opens his not-so-wicked heart, and gets her in trouble with not one, but two international art theft rings as well as the LAPD.
She’s either gonna end up in jail or famous. Maybe both.
Along the way, she fights for her life, falls for this funny, sexy disaster of a man…and learns that finding happily ever after with yourself is the first step to real contentment. A cute dimple is just the second.
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Nikki asked me an interesting question — how much of my humor comes from real life? A lot of it, actually. Life is inherently absurd; one look at the evening news will tell you that. Humor, in its purest form, is incongruity:
not in harmony or keeping with the surroundings or other aspects of something.
One of my favorite examples of this is a scene from Blazing Saddles, the brilliant Mel Brooks movie. In the movie, Sheriff Bart (played by the dreamy Cleavon Little) travels across the plains on his horse to save the residents of Rock Ridge. The orchestra swells in the background, giving his ride majestic swagger. And then, he passes the orchestra. The literal orchestra, sitting in the desert, playing just for him. That is incongruity, and it’s funny as hell.
I adore mining incongruity from real life. In The Dimple of Doom, our hero, a taciturn art thief who rarely betrays emotion (unless you count calling the heroine a pain in the ass an emotion), positively gushes over his pet cat, Captain Taco. Gushes. Over a cat. As in I wuv my widdle pretty baby. Our heroine, Samantha, is both jealous and besotted by this display because it’s so out of character. Now, I gave the hero a cat to humanize him in the face of his thief-y misdeeds, sure, but I was also inspired by my husband and our resident feline. Our cat loooooves my husband, but most of the time he rolls his eyes at her antics and grits his teeth when she yaks all over the carpet (an inch away from the tile, which would be too easy to clean, of course). But sometimes I’ll catch them in a love cuddle so endearing and adorable, my brain practically explodes. The trick to making something funny is to set up an expectation and then destroy it, much like my cat enjoys destroying our fine rugs.
Sometimes I’ll just take weird episodes from my life and throw it in a book. Just like Samantha and her BFF in The Dimple of Doom, my best friend and I have dressed as Patsy and Eddie from Absolutely Fabulous for Halloween. For a sixteen-year-old, I made an terrifyingly good Patsy in my Goodwill 80s dress and hair teased to the ceiling. Of course, I make up tons of stuff for a book (I don’t actually know any art thieves — that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.), but I think bits of reality here and there lend an air of verisimilitude, for nothing could possibly be weirder than the truth of our lives.I should state publicly that Suzie, Samantha’s mom in Dimple, is nothing like my mother. Suzie is a piece of work who makes criticizing her daughter into an Olympic sport. My darling mom would never win the 400 Meter You-Need-To-Lose-Ten-Pounds Dash, and thank goodness. My mom also does not have a twenty-something trophy husband like the one I gave Suzie Lytton. That choice was a deliberate flipping of the popular younger second wife/older husband trope. Ladies like to get it on with hot, young things, too, amIrite? Trophy husbands for everyone!
So, I guess I mine humor from my life, from blasting away expectations, and destroying gender stereotypes. Damn, I love my job! If there’s something better than making people laugh, I don’t know what it is.
You can pick up The Dimple of Doom from these fine retailers:
**GIVEAWAY I’m giving away all three books in my backlist — one winner will get The Dimple of Doom (epub), and another will win my Ragnar and Juliet series (pdf or epub). Open until 10-31-13 @ 11:59pm EST with winner announced shortly after. Simply comment to enter! **
Here’s the blurb for those books:
RAGNAR AND JULIET & sequel RAGNAR AND JULIET 2: CONCUBINE BOOGALOO (sci-fi): Juliet is a bounty hunter with a penchant for pie, himbos, and shopping at Sluts ‘R’ Us. Ragnar is a sweet, hunky alien dude who’s wanted by one seriously assy emperor. She’s totally going to turn him over to King Jerkface… if she can stop falling for him. And his surprisingly-sexy tail. Or maybe she’ll just overthrow the government of a planet in order to rescue hundreds of unwilling concubines. Yeah — definitely the latter. Amazon, Liquid Silver Books, B&N, AllRomance, iTunes, Sony.
Thanks again, Nikki, for having me!
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