Where Honesty Never Ends.
Hello and welcome to The Review Board. Today we’d like to bring you the October Author Spotlight, featuring LaRae Parry and interviewer Mr. Controversy.
“Hubba Hubba Santa Claus” STILL makes me smile to this day! How did you come up with the concept?
Honestly, the entire concept is based how my mouth gets me into so much trouble. I speak before I think. Does that make sense? I mean, in reality one must think first – that’s been scientifically proven hasn’t it? Well . . . except for me. No one has scientifically proven me, so, I guess what I said is . . . Hmm. What were we talking about?
I bet if I saw you, I’d say, “Hubba-Hubba.” No kidding. That’s how my mouth works.
While writing your book, did you get a feeling that it would have given off an air of “Holiday Special” to you and/or your readers?
Hmm . . . I don’t think so. I just knew I wanted to write a fun Christmas story that my teenage grandkids could read without permanently scaring them. But, I am thrilled with how it’s been received.
When you finished “Hubba Hubba Santa Claus”, what were some of your reader’s impressions?
My thirty-something daughter hit the palm of her hand to her forehead, but she doesn’t count . . . she always does that. The impressions of the readers I’ve heard from have all been positive. Some have said, “It’s refreshing to be able to read a Christmas romantic/comedy to my children.” That was my goal . . . so . . . yay.
How long have you been writing?
I was born with the umbilical urge to write. I mean it. I told stories ever since I can remember. Most of them sent me to the principal’s office . . . but I digress. I was first published in 1991. Been telling stories since 1961.
Do you have any other projects in the works?
Yes, yes. I’m finishing up another Christmas Rom/com, titled, “The Bah-Hum-De-Bugger . . . The Case of Broken-Heart Christmas Eve.”
It’s about a little critter that Santa sends around to people who “Bah-Hum-Bug” Christmas. Santa can’t stand “Bah-Hum-buggers,” you know. So, he sends the Bah-Hum-De-Bugger to those who really need help. The characters in The Case of Broken-Heart Christmas Eve, were engaged to be married on Christmas Eve until a jealous room-mate ruins it. It breaks the heart of the would-be groom and bride because they were unaware of what the jealous roommate had. The couple began to hate Christmas, thus Bah-Hum-Bugging it. Until, Santa, a romantic at heart, sens the Bah-Hum-De-Bugger to mend their hearts.
The great part of the Christmas Critter is that he has a special bell that allows him to perform magic. It also gives him the power to wipe away any memory of him away after he rings the bell (Think Men In Black).
The Bah-Hum-De-Bugger comes out every Christmas Season to help those who hate to see the holiday come, but, because of his extraordinary bell, no one knows it.
Who knows? Even YOU may have been visited by the Bah Hum-De-Bugger and not know it.
To you, how important is it to have an extra pair of eyes on your work?
If a writer doesn’t use an extra set of eyes, it’s akin to going outside naked as a jaybird. No one wants to see that. I can’t express the importance of more than an extra set of eyes on my drafts. I don’t look good nude. I mean it.
Do you or your siblings (if you have any) resemble any of the characters in your story?
Yes. Always. In “Hubba-Hubba Santa Claus,” Shelby Sam was characterized after me. I know. It’s sad. My sister Rhoda was three of my sisters blended together, although, the trouble Rhoda had to get Shelby out of really happened. I know. It’s sad.
What are some of the ways where we may contact you?
I’m always THRILLED to hear from readers, reviewers, etc. People can contact me at:
What Words of Wisdom do you have for aspiring as well as experienced writers and authors?
“Never give up. The first ten years are the hardest.”
“Write first. Polish later.”
Always print out your manuscript and read it aloud. You can’t believe what a difference that will make. Also, read your manuscript aloud along with your beta-reader. Huge benefit.
Write at least 500 words a day. No matter what. After your manuscript or chapter is finished, step away from it for a few days, then come back to it. You’ll see your writing in a new light that way.
Oh, and one more thing. Remember this: “There are several rules to writing. The trouble is no one has discovered them yet.” Truman Copote
Do you have a guilty pleasure while you write?
Guilty pleasure? What’s a guilty pleasure? Does that mean I can eat chocolate while I write? If so, then yes. I have a guilty pleasure.
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