Welcome to Wednesday, or if you prefer, Hump Day. Somehow the meaning of the hump day phrase was lost on me from the moment I watched Young Frankenstein. The image of Marty Feldman and his side-changing hump will forever be stuck in my brain.
So far, my esteemed colleagues have extolled on why they blog and the power of adding humor to their paranormals. I have no words of wisdom on either front. I blog because I love the feeling of connecting with both my friends and feature readers. I write paranormals with a hint of humor (or more accurately, snarky wit) because it feels right!
Being a born and bred New Yorker, I think being cynical and snarky is so deeply rooted into my psyche, it would impossible at this point to remove it and keep any of my personality in tact. Humor, snark and my love of the lighter paranormal side of life are entwined in who I am, my thoughts, my actions and in my writing voice.
Though only on this bumpy road to publication for a short time, I’ve come to believe your heart has to be in what you’re writing. I can’t imagine not having a ghost in my story – even if he’s not a central character. I can’t imagine a story with no snark, no hint of humor to lighten a moment here and there. I should clarify that statement - I will read something with no humor – I just won’t write it! While humor isn’t appropriate on every page or in every scene, my characters are free to see the lighter side of every situation.
Humor in my real life is just as important as it is to my fictional world. In fact, science has proven laughter is good medicine. It lightens the heart, frees the soul and makes a tough situation more tolerable. And being a vain woman – I prefer to think of those wrinkles on my face as laugh lines and not frown lines!
So, here’s a few more reasons to put a smile on your face – our new blog (where I hear a contest or two is coming soon. Ssh, you didn’t hear that from me :) ), making some new friends along the way and getting to know some up and coming authors that will make you smile while drawing you into their version of paranormal. And who can forget a hump day joke?
“Where do fashionable ghosts shop for sheets?”
Check the comment section for the answer – and feel free to share the laughter by telling us something that put a smile on your face today.