I love books that make me laugh. If a writer can elicit a smile, chuckle or make me giggle out loud, I rate the book as a winner. Laughing makes me feel good and I like leaving a story with a smile on my face.
For those of us who write humor, I warn you, it is not an easy task. We rely solely on the power of our words. Visual cues and sound tracks are not available. We must craft the situations and reactions using just the right language and dialogue. Sometimes it works and other times the scene goes out the window.
I know I won’t always be able to make everyone laugh. After all, we each have a different idea of what’s funny. There are even people who are humor-challenged. So I just have to go with what feels right. How do I use humor in my writing? I look for the humor in everyday life. People would rather laugh than cry when faced with difficult life experiences such as death, disease or hardship. I play off experiences I’ve had, nearly had, or have happened to a friend. Most importantly, I’m not afraid to laugh at myself. I find the best humor comes from within, an honest, hair-brained moment I can share with others through the eyes of my fictional characters.
In NO ONE TO TRUST, the second book in my Lexi Carmichael mystery series, Lexi is very much like you and me. She’s trying to make a living, get a love life and cultivate friendships. But her life is far from normal. That’s what happens when you put an ordinary young woman into extraordinary situations. Sometimes she saves the day. Sometimes not so much.
So tell me, what are some novels that have made you laugh out loud?
Now, to whet your appetite, I’m offering up an excerpt from NO ONE TO TRUST:
When I was seven, my older brother Rock gave me a camera for Christmas. The science of photography fascinated me—the angles, depth and lighting. But I was more interested in how the camera worked than in what I was pointing it at. Fast-forward a few years and here I am, a twenty-five-year-old, single, white, geek girl who can’t take a decent picture of anything.
I’m also a semi-reformed computer hacker, a numbers whiz and a girl with a photographic memory. The whole photographic memory thing is totally overrated, though. Every human has the physiological capability. Most people just don’t have the film.
Lucky for me, I’ve got the film, but I’m also stuck with a geeky reputation. Counter to the stereotypical image, I don’t wear thick glasses held together by duct tape and I no longer own a pair of high-water pants. On the other hand, I’m no Miss America—just your basic tall, skinny girl with no curves and long brown hair. I double-majored in mathematics and computer science and have zero social skills. These days I’m employed by X-Corp Global Intelligence and Security, as Director of Information Security or InfoSec for short. It sounds impressive and maybe it is, but I’m so fresh in the job, I can’t be sure yet.
Buy NO ONE TO TRUST
Julie Moffett is a bestselling author and writes in the genres of historical romance, paranormal romance and mystery. She has won numerous awards, including the prestigious PRISM Award for Best Romantic Time-Travel and Best of the Best Paranormal Books of 2002. She has also garnered several nominations for the Daphne du Maurier Award and the Holt Medallion.