Normally, it’s not a good thing when people read your work and start laughing but for me it’s the Holy Grail. I’ll hand my book to my husband for a first read through and disappear into another room. If I don’t hear at least a chuckle by the end of Chapter One, I know I’ve missed my mark and it’s back to the computer.
In my head, I see my books as movies, specifically romantic comedies, where the love story is paramount but humor is around every corner. What do I find funny? Just about anything, even sex. Seriously, sex can be very funny. Clothes really don’t melt away, body parts don’t always slide perfectly into position, and being slammed against a wall for a passionate kiss can hurt!
When I write contemporary romance, I make it as real as possible.
I look at what us normal, average people go through and find the humor in the situation. After all, we don’t have a movie director choreographing our every move so noses can get in the way of that perfect kiss, zippers jam and kicking off your shoes just might break a lamp.
When I receive feedback from readers saying—Oh my God, I loved your characters, they are so like me—then I’m the one who gets to smile.
Remember the book/movie, Eat, Pray, Love? I had a problem with that book. I’m sorry, but I wanted to slap that woman. Were we supposed to feel sorry for her? Here she was off to Italy, India and Bali, to find herself! Poor thing! Most of us have to be satisfied with the grocery store, a good book, and a walk in the park. If I had written that book it would have been called, Eat, Fart, Giggle. That’s how my mind works. What do you find funny or love to laugh at in your everyday life? If you want to laugh, cry and have a happy ending, check out any of my novels at http://christiewalkerbos.com/