#IWSG – No More Apologies

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It’s the first Wednesday of the month (already!) and it’s time for Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group. It’s a safe place throughout the blogosphere where we writers can be completely vulnerable and bi*ch and moan about all that ails us. Please click here to discover some of the other marvelous bloggers that participate every month.

So without further adieu (and with chattering teeth)…

Lately, I recognized something while telling people about my upcoming novel. “It’s a romantic comedy,” I say, as if that somehow devalues it. “And it’s well…more of a comedy. Really light. A quick read,” I say, almost apologetically, as if somewhere, a great American author is turning in their grave at the thought; comedy? But what of litra-ture?

Yes, I write humorous fiction. It’s not something that I even try to do, but sometimes when I write, funny stuff happens. I also write in other genres, but when it comes to my humorous fiction I always feel like I should give people a disclaimer. I’ve felt this way since grad school. “I write funny stuff,” I would say as we went around giving our introductions, shrinking further into my seat and wondering why I just couldn’t write something profound like Toni Morrison. A funny writer? The horror!

So today I’m going to go on record and say that I will never intimate that my novel is anything other than my best effort.  And just because it’s humor doesn’t mean it’s less than anything else. Besides, who wants a book that comes with an apology???  A wise woman once said: Ain’t nobody got time for that. And I concur.

Here is the blurb for my upcoming novel, “It Ain’t Easy Being Jazzy” (without any apologies! ).

Jazzy secretly wants to get back together with her ex boyfriend, Curtis, so when he calls and reveals that he’s got something important to tell her, she’s got no idea that he’s about to propose—to her first cousin and bitter rival, Mercedes.

The annual family dinner is coming up, and fearing that she will spend the evening seething while Mercedes flaunts her four carat engagement ring in her face, Jazzy asks Reggie, an Adonis she met at the mall, to accompany her. As fate would have it, not only did Reggie and Mercedes used to date; that backstabbing, leopard print wearing cow is still carrying a torch for him! Revenge. It’s never been so sweet.

But falling for Reggie? Holy crap! That wasn’t part of the plan! She’s got enough on her plate as it is with a mother who spies on the neighbors and a sister and best friend with man problems that could land them on Jerry Springer. So when Curtis comes sniffing around again—this time, with an accusation that sends her blood pressure shooting through the roof—the one good nerve that Jazzy’s got left has just about run its course.

It will be released October 15, 2013. Bites nails in 3, 2, 1…






24 thoughts on “#IWSG – No More Apologies

  1. OMG THAT BLURB SOUNDS AMAZING!!! I definitely want to read your book.

    And btw, never insult yourself by thinking humor writing is inferior. I’d give my left eye to be able to write comedy.

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  2. Quanie, this is my first time stopping by your blog and I can already tell that you have a fantastic wit about you. You should cherish that quality and take it as far as your writing will let you go. Who cares what others think?! Use your humor and go with it! Your book sounds awesomely clever and I’m looking forward to learning more about you and your work.

  3. I think humor in writing difficult to pull off, and that you’re a natural at it makes me a little jealous. Just kidding. I have a gal in my crit group who’s also a natural with humor. Personally, I think it makes for a better story.

    I, too, tell people I write paranormal romance with a bit of an apology in my tone and it’s for the same reasons you mentioned above. So, I think I’ll drink your Kool-aid and say, “My novel is nothing other than my best effort. And just because it’s paranormal romance doesn’t mean it’s less than anything else.”

    …and I LOVE your blurb. Would totally read that!
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  4. You’re novel sounds great! I especially loved the part about the leopard print wearing cow… I giggled, yet could completely picture Mercedes after that. HA

    Don’t be ashamed of what you write. We aren’t all meant to write Ulysses– and just because it isn’t Ulysses, doesn’t make it any less valuable to the Literary World!

    That being said– if you need any CP’s or Beta’s for Jazzy’s story- ummm PICK ME!
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  5. I would rather read your funny stuff than literature (said with my very plumy accent.) “I write funny stuff” sounds like a great way to describe what you write.

  6. That sounds like SO MUCH FUN! I love comedy, Quanie. In fact, I’m terrible at writing it, and I kind of wish I could Vulcan mind meld with you and maybe learn how to do it.

    I apologize a lot for my writing, too. When my ex-publishing house picked up my book, the lead publisher called it a “girly book,” and so he wasn’t interested in reading it personally. Ever since then I would tell people I wrote “girly books,” in almost a shameful tone of voice.

    But why?? I love reading books with female heroines and romance in them–if that means “girly book” to someone, that’s not my problem.

    Great job coming to terms with your own writing style and loving it!
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    • Girly book??? If that so called “girly” book had fattened his pockets I bet he would have cashed the check! I read the first chapter of your book and thought it was great so forget that botchagaloop. Let him eat cake. Anyway, thanks so much for the kind words. I’m up to try that Vulcan mind meld if you are….
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  7. Comedy (done well) is one of THE hardest things to pull off, in fiction, in movies, in standup. Drama is comparatively easy, especially if you zoink your characters with the disease-of-the-moth, a kid hit by a bus, whatever. So, don’t apologize for your genre.

    Good luck on the release, exciting times! 🙂
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  8. Wow, once again, the things we deal with on this writing journey are very similar. I’ve struggled with the type of writing I do as well. And I’ve come to the realization that I’m not going to be Maya, Toni, or Zora. My stories are not going to be on the list of books 11th graders have to read for English. I consider my way of writing to be along the lines of “Black chick-lit.” Funny, entertaining, light. I’m standing in the reality of the type of writer I am (finally) and it’s good to know I haven’t been alone in this.
    Your book sounds great. I can’t wait for it to come out. Apology not necessary. 🙂
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    • Yep! Same brain this week, huh? lol. It’s so true! We have to embrace who we are. What’s the point of having a voice if we stifle it in order to mimic someone else’s? I’ve tried to write like others to impress people and ended up with a souless piece of you know what. No more apologies, honey! And your work sounds great. We need chick lit in every color:)

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