As part of #ComedyBookWeek, I’ve lined up some of the freshest, funniest writers around, and subjected them each to the Dirty Dozen treatment.
Today, it’s the turn of Jenny Green to take the Dirty Dozen hotseat!
1 – Hi Jenny, welcome! Tell me, how did you come across my blog?
I heard about your blog through the #ComedyBookWeek thread on Kboards.
(AL – I follow Ana Spoke’s blog – https://anaspoke.com/ – she’s the organiser of #ComedyBookWeek. I emailed her offering to help, and here we are!)
2 – You, in three words?
Strange, nerdy, friendly.
3 – The last book/ film/ or album that made you cry
Everest. I knew the story, knew exactly what happened, still watched it, still cried. Crying a little bit again remembering it. Thanks for that!
(AL – Sorry… nobody mention E.T. at me… that one gets me every single time!)
4 – Where are you now on your writer’s journey ?
Since publishing the third book in my Carrie Hatchett, Space Adventurer series, and my sixth book in total, I feel like I’m finally getting a handle on this self-publishing malarky. I brought out two short story collections, There Comes a Time and Dawn Falcon, and a novella, Death Switch, last year. The collections and novella are three or four years’ worth of published and unpublished work I wrote while I was taking the traditional route to publishing. Then the news that the world of publishing was changing finally got through to me. The idea of self-publishing really appealed, and now I’m having great fun writing about my ditzy heroine, Carrie Hatchett, who manages to save the galaxy despite her many flaws.
I love connecting with readers, so I created an author page on Facebook and a Twitter account. I also started up a mailing list for readers who want to hear about new releases (I always discount new releases for the first week), book promotions by author friends and other news. My website is mostly for directing readers to venues where they can buy my books. I’m not a much of a blogger, unfortunately. I prefer chatting with readers on Facebook, Twitter and via email. Apart from writing, this is my favourite part of being a writer. It’s great to hear that Carrie Hatchett gave someone a laugh when they were going through a rough patch.
5 – One piece of life advice that you are sick of hearing, or that really doesn’t do it for you?
I really hate the phrase ‘it’ll happen when the time is right’ because it can make people wait too long before reaching for their goal. There’s a Chinese saying: the best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago; the second best time is now. I’m big on planning ahead, but I have to be careful not to let planning take over from actually doing something.
6 – Two true facts about you, and one lie….
Lena Headey, who plays Cersei Lannister on Game of Thrones, is my second cousin.
I’ve lived in the UK, Australia, Laos and Taiwan.
I can move both my ears independently.
(AL – I think you and Ritu Bhathal need to have an ear “wiggle-off” to settle this one!)
7 – The zombies rise and take over the world. You have five minutes to pack a bag and hit the road… You’ve got the essentials – water, tent, sleeping bag, vitamins, toothpaste, copy of Al’s zombie haiku book (coming soon to all good Amazon websites)… What else do you grab?
My Moleskine notebook. I’ve got to get the details down!
8 – Who would play you in the movie of your life?
Catherine Tate or Tina Fey, depending on whether it was a British production or the Hollywood version. It would be a hilarious comedy.
9 – Doc Emmett Brown pulls up outside your house in the DeLorean from Back to the Future… He’s got a few hours to spare, and fuel for one return trip… Where and when in time are you heading?
Wow, what an opportunity! I’m going 250 years into the future, please Doc. I want to be around when we colonize new planets, so book me a ticket on a starship, too.
10 – Your beloved partner is out for the evening, and your celebrity “pass” is popping round for tea. Who knocks on your door?
I’m going to skip this one – much too romantic for me. I’d rather be home with a bottle of wine, some dark chocolates and a good book.
11 – The producers of the Marvel Avengers films are worried they don’t have quite enough superheroes already crammed into the series… They call you up to play an original character. What would your character’s name be? What’s your superpower?
I’d be called 20/20, and I’d have the superpower of going back in time to fix things with the benefit of perfect hindsight.
(AL – The world sorely needs this superhero!)
12 – You are hosting a (very small) dinner party for the deceased… You can invite three dead people to your shindig, but you only have enough spectral energy for one mega-star “A-lister”, and any two others. Who do you summon, and why?
I would summon Richard Feynmann, Douglas Adams and Joyce Grenfell.
13 – Any regrets?
No. Why waste time regretting things you can’t change? Onward and upward.
Wise words, indeed, to end on. A huge thank you to Jenny Green for her time. Now, go and check out those Carrie Hatchett books! https://amzn.com/B019F0SJ1M