Hi and this week, I’d like to introduce Diane Epps, a comedian who has written her fifth book, Just Because I’m Not Effin’ Famous, Doesn’t Mean I’m Not Effin’ Funny. She says, “this effin’ book came about as a result of extreme frustration – accompanied by liberal usage of the eff word – when I heard for the umpteenth time I needed to be famous to attract a well-known book publisher!”
What is one thing that no one would usually know about you?
That I’m in the Witness Protection Program. Oh, wait a minute. LOL! I guess I’d say that I was “going for it” as a small-time actor in the 80’s, which netted me one part as Demi Moore’s stand-in for an action movie no one has ever heard of called Wisdom. The hilarious part about that part is that you never saw me because I was only brought out when Demi was going to be blown up, thrown from a car, or it was just going to take too, too long to set-up a scene.
What did the best review you ever had say about you and your work?
Because I’ve appeared frequently as an author and speaker I’ve often had “on the hoof” reviews, which are just as (un)fabulous, or memorable as the written ones. On the written ones it’s a toss-up between “I laughed until I peed my pants…almost…” and “I bought this book after I heard Dr. Laura Schlessinger tell her audience that it was as funny as anything Erma Bombeck had written. Dr. Laura was partly correct…only comment I have is that this book is FAR more humorous than what I recall from the wonderful Erma. I echo Dr. Laura’s comments: You simply have to buy this book. If you’re a Mom, you’re going to laugh, and laugh and laugh.”
How did you choose a title for your book?
When I railed one day, “Just Because I’m Not Effin’ Famous, Doesn’t Mean I’m Not Effin’ Funny!” after yet another rejection from one of the big boy humor publishers, this bad boy pretty much began writing itself and I knew I had a winner of a title. Side bar: All of my books derive from terms I’ve coined, or things I’ve said. The title for this Effin’ humor book also works because it calls out the irony that is not being famous for writing books because I’ve been told I’ve got to already be famous to be famous writing books.
Are there any occupational hazards to being an author?
Eating. LOL! I’d say the occupational hazard is that, initially, I wanted to make my living writing books, but unlike other occupations you can’t quite hang out your writer shingle and begin making money. I suppose you could say we interview with agents or publishers, but the problem is the opportunity is so much narrower. As a humor writer, I absolutely feel I’ve chosen the most difficult genre because it’s filled with published writers who were already known. They have name recognition, a fan base, and social media followers that are so far and above anything I can offer up. In summation, the occupational hazard is that you love what you do, but it can’t always be your day gig.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I’d say many things. I hail from an extremely funny family and storytelling is our high-value currency. We sometimes spend minutes doing that silent laugh thing when you’re laughing so hard you can barely catch your breath, let alone talk. I’ve tried to capture these episodes from my life, the frequency and hilarity of which demand a public sharing outlet.
What is the strangest thing you have ever had to do to promote a book?
Oh, gawd, how will I choose which experience? I’d say when I was doing a book signing at a mall they actually had me up on a stage, in the middle of the mall vortex, where everyone man, woman, and ice cream-eating child converged, ending up right, smack, dab at my “you are here” mobile book signing station. It was the most awkward, weird, and surreal experience. My mom was there and she was so stoic, but I knew she felt really sorry for me. No more so than I did myself. Hahahahaha.
You can find Just Because I’m Not Effin’ Famous, Doesn’t Mean I’m Not Effin’ Funny in Kindle and Paperback format here: :
You can meet Diane on her website here: https://dianedeaneppswriting.wordpress.com
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