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Rave Reviews Book Club’s “SPOTLIGHT” Author Blog Tour: Larry Hyatt

Today I welcome Larry Hyatt on a RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB “SPOTLIGHT” Blog Tour featuring his book, How to Reach for the American Dream… (And not get it). Take it away, Larry!

Are My Struggles The Same?

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I have to be humorous. It’s my nature. I’ve had this problem since I was a kid. I know because I remember my mother saying, “Larry, that’s enough. You don’t know when to stop.”

In group therapy as a kid they thought I didn’t take it seriously because I saw the humorous side of all us kids with problems. Trying to explain why I was a people pleaser, hated conflict to a fault, and had the fear of impending dome was easy for me. I went with self-deprecating humor. We were all supposed to be freaking crazy anyway.

Through the years though I learned there is a time and a place, to know your audience, and don’t attack someone’s faults unless they know they have a big nose. It’s also good to know that they don’t have a problem with knowing they have a big nose. I don’t blurt out in an employee meeting. Having to be PC isn’t easy.

I do remember my first funny joke, believe it or not. I was about 10 years old I’d say. My mother was talking about a place in Florida called Apalachicola. I said, “Mom, do you know where Apalachicola is?”

She said, ‘No. Where?

“It’s right next to half a glass a cola.”

“Larry, that’s enough! You don’t know when to stop!”

But now that I try to write Humorous Fiction and I never know how much comedy and how much fiction go together. In Humorous Fiction novels you have to paint a picture to go along with it and that’s where I get confused.

How many shades of green do I have to convey without destroying the joke? In some cases I’ve edited down to the title and that doesn’t make for good reading. As far as I’m concerned, I write for the person who doesn’t like to read, so, there.

They call it “Humorous Fiction,” and Humors Fiction I’m told should start with good fiction. Then they should call it “Fiction with Humor,” but that would be too wordy.

See my dilemma? How much should a writer inject? Can there be too much? I would think with too much it would be monologues such as Ellen DeGeneres or a comedian writing down their stand up routine.

I guess the good “Humorous Fiction” authors know, and guys like me have to figure it out, writing for people who don’t read.

Self-deprecating, I learned it first.

Author Photo 2Author Bio:

Larry Hyatt has written radio comedy, sketch comedy and plays, produced television and radio, worked as a creative director for an arts and entertainment magazine, and published numerous humorous articles and essays. Originally from New Orleans he’s a former graduate of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and attended Loyola University’s School of Music as a vocalist, went into radio broadcasting, has been a nightclub in house entertainer (Where he did theatre in a bar), produced and hosted television shows for LCN-TV, and started an entertainment magazine called the “The Tri-Parish Navi-Gator,” featuring theatre, music, dinning and the arts in South Louisiana. He hosts “Larry Hyatt is the Morning” on C-96.7 KCIL Radio in Houma, La.

Book Blurb: How to Reach for the American Dream… (And not get it), is the fictional, comedic account of the life of an entertainer who from childhood had what it took to “make it.” You’ll laugh, cry, and cheer him on as he struggles to achieve what only a select few can through his television kid show debut, glee clubs, remedial college studies, gaining weight as a “starving” artist, dating women out of his league, nightclub entertainer, and romps through radio, television, and publishing.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/How-Reach-American-Dream-Not-ebook/dp/B00FSKCGTU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1439568159&sr=8-1&keywords=larry+hyatt

Find Larry Online! Twitter: @hyhattlarry Facebook: www.facebook.com/larry.hyatt.967 Website: www.hyhatt.blogspot.com

Congratulations to Larry on being in the “SPOTLIGHT” with RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB. Please take a few moments and look over the book.

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. Sign up for my Archer’s Aim Digest mailing list to receive the forthcoming edition of my newsletter with announcements about upcoming releases and events. You’ll receive my a FREE coupon for my short story e-book, The Black Bag which contains a sample chapter of The Bow of Destiny. You’ll also be the first to have news about my books, especially some free offers this summer related to the upcoming release of The Bow of Destiny, the first novel of The Bow of Hart Saga. Speaking of which, it is now available for pre-release orders on Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks (via the iTunes app) & NOW Amazon – Kindle. Additionally, August’s free e-book: Trading Knives is now available on Kobo, iBooks, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble & Amazon.

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The Week in Review – 8/21/15

BTR-BTC BadgeHere’s another review of the week for those interested in what’s appeared on the blog this week and what I’ve been reading.

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New From Archer’s Aim This Past Week:

Blog Tour Featuring Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko

On Your Mark! Get Set! Start Using Scrivener!

To the Bleeding Edge and Beyond!

Fantasy Authors Unplugged: Meeting Authors from Brain to Books Blog Tour Pt. 4

Shake the Shakes, Don’t Sweat the Sweats – Preparing for an Interview

Goodreads: Books I’ve Reviewed Recently

5 Ways by Rachel WatsonReblogs From The Past Week:

5 Ways to Stimulate Your Creativity by Rachel E. Watson

Write Anything Wednesday – August 19, 2015

#RRBC’S BETHANY TURNER “PAY IT FORWARD” WEEK – Mistral Dawn

7 things you can do with Evernote and feedly [Pro]

Brain to Books Blog Tour Echo Fox

 

What I’ve Been Reading:

I’ve been reading two posts from Michael Hyatt this week: How to Create the Ultimate Online Media Kit & What Every Author Should Know About Radio and Television Interviews.

For my fellow Scrivener fans: 6 Reasons Scrivener is Better than Word.

Here’s some good information about fighting scenes from Fantasy Faction.

Need to create a fantasy language? Here’s some tips from a Daniel Adorno’s guest post on Mythic Scribes. If you are a fantasy writer take some time on this site where there are a number of very thoughtful and helpful posts.

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The Week Ahead:

Scrivener will be featured twice this coming week as I shift from a Monday to a Friday schedule to accommodate all the book release events during the month of September. There will be an RRBC Spotlight Blog Tour on Wednesday as well as more authors featured in Fantasy Authors Unplugged.

The Bow of DestinyWriting News:

I’ve uploaded a preliminary manuscript version of The Bow of Destiny to Smashwords already. This weekend I expect to upload to Amazon and put that into pre-sale status so those who have been waiting to reserve a copy there should see it soon. Follow my Amazon page to receive updates on the book and shelve it on Goodreads to be reminded when it’s available. For those who missed it, here’s the link for the interview on Beyond the Cover. Also, the Brain to Books Blog Tour appearance is coming up on 8/31. I have another interview coming up in December so check the News page for more event announcements. See below for all the links to Trading Knives. The biggest news of all on the week is that the last beta-reader was extremely positive about The Bow of Destiny. There are a few tweaks to work on but I’m really enthused about the release and the events next month.

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. Sign up for my Archer’s Aim Digest mailing list to receive the forthcoming edition of my newsletter with announcements about upcoming releases and events (this months volume has already gone out). You’ll be the first to have news about my books, especially some free offers this summer related to the upcoming release of The Bow of Destiny, the first novel of The Bow of Hart Saga. Anyone who reserves a copy by 8/7 on Barnes & Noble, Kobo or iBooks (via the iTunes app) and emails me the screen-shot of the order will also receive a free coupon to download my e-book short story, The Black Bag containing a sample chapter of The Bow of Destiny. Additionally, August’s free e-book: Trading Knives is now available on Kobo, iBooks, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble & Amazon.

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Shake the Shakes, Don’t Sweat the Sweats – Preparing for an Interview

You’ve agreed to do it. But now you’ve got the shakes. Maybe you feel like your going to faint. You’re going to do a LIVE interview. What were you thinking? What are you going to say?

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BTR-BTC BadgeIf you’re like most of us, you’ve never been asked for an interview – certainly not one live. But if you are going to publish books then you should get used to being interviewed on the web, internet radio and regular radio.

Don’t let that initial flash of panic scare you. There are ways to prepare for an interview. It’s good for you to start thinking about what you will say. Michael Hyatt has shared some great tips on making just such preparation and it’s not so difficult.

I was recently asked to do my first interview on Rave Waves and found it quite a lot of fun to do. In fact, I wanted to share what my thoughts are on preparation and how I think I can do better in the future.

First, I listened to several of the Beyond the Cover archives and got a sense of what to expect from the host, Beem Weeks. While listening to these, try to imagine how you would answer the questions and why.

Usually hosts like to contact you ahead of time to give you more information. You also are expected to call in early so they can make sure everything is well with you. That’s the time to have some pre-interview discussion and get a feel of who your interviewer is. This is also a time to find common ground and get cozy. I would also advise that you find a comfortable, quiet location where you’re fairly sure you won’t be interrupted.

Now for what I did wrong and how it can be fixed. I thought that I did a mediocre job of introducing myself and the book. Likewise, I didn’t tell as much as I could about what I like to do.

How will I fix these? Simple, next live interview that I do I’m going to go over my author information and my book blurb and even keep some note cards handy for reference. It’s important not to ramble on but it’s equally important to take your time and say enough. Practice the details that you feel are important.

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RaveWavesSo why is it that I didn’t do as well on these questions but did on others? After all, I know myself and my book, right? Simple, most of us aren’t used to talking about our lives and our books in this kind of format so we don’t say enough. So being thoughtful about the basics as well as other types of questions you are likely to get are equally important in preparation.

But there’s one more important thing to remember when doing an interview: be yourself. Seriously, your author-ness and your book will shine through just by giving yourself permission to be who you are. I found my time on Beyond the Cover incredibly helpful toward developing my public side as a writer. Being a member of Rave Reviews Book Club has been extremely helpful and being privileged to be a guest on one of the Rave Waves shows was important to me for honing a new skill as an author.

Have you done an interview as an author? How will you prepare for you first (or next) interview? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. Sign up for my Archer’s Aim Digest mailing list to receive the forthcoming edition of my newsletter with announcements about upcoming releases and events (this months volume has already gone out). Want to be listed in The Bow of Destiny credits? Join the Street Team to share upcoming links. Either way, you’ll be the first to have news about my books, especially some free offers this summer related to the upcoming release of The Bow of Destiny, the first novel of The Bow of Hart Saga. Anyone who reserves a copy by 8/7 on Barnes & Noble, Kobo or iBooks (via the iTunes app) and emails me the screen-shot of the order will also receive a free coupon to download my e-book short story, The Black Bag containing a sample chapter of The Bow of Destiny. Additionally, August’s free e-book: Trading Knives is now available on Wattpad until the final version goes to retailers (remaining free).

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