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?

Book CoverLarry Hyatt

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.

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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

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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.

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  1. Larry, they say that humor is the food for the soul. It is a gift to have humor, so keep on sharing your gift. 🙂 Thank you P.H. for hosting him.

  2. It’s easy to get carried away with the funnies when you’re on a roll (or are 10 sheets to the wind…). I think your way is wise, Larry – don’t get too personal with people or peer groups you don’t know. Making a crack about your godfather when you’re with a couple of Good Fellas isn’t too clever! 😉
    Thanks for having us around PH 😀

  3. I’ve learned that sometimes it’s easier to make a joke of your problems than trying to deal with them. I’ve known many people who joke a lot who are actually deeply burdened. Much better to be one who can seriously laugh about life in order to not let misfortune rules their lives.

  4. I don’t get comedy most of the time. I’m one who may get the punch line an hour or two later. It can be very embarrassing. My husband loves it. Good luck, Larry, and thanks for insights into your struggles with writing Humorous Fiction. Thanks, PHS for hosting.

  5. Larry you are so talented! Even the way you talk in this post is so entertaining. You are a natural so don’t beat yourself up. lol I dream of turning my first book into a documentary. Its a different ballgame trying to write a screenplay. Good luck on your tour.

  6. Rave Reviews by Nonnie Jules on WordPress. SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR          LARRY HYATT       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.

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