Friday, May 7, 2010

Author interview and great giveaway with C.L. Beck and D.N. Giles

I've previously mentioned the fun collection of anecdotes my friends D.N. Giles and C.L. Beck put together called Mormon Mishaps and Mischief. I've known these ladies for several years through a writer's group we're all part of and we've grown to be friends. they even let me submit a story for their book (It's called Jardin de Ninos).

It's a fun collection of funny stories about the kinds of things we encounter every day--though we might not always consider them funny when they happen to us. Nichole and Cindy were happy to come to my blog to discuss their book today.

Q. What prompted you ladies to write Mormon Mishaps and Mischief?

Cindy: The moon was full, Aquarius was on the cusp, and the chickens were molting, all of which combined to make this the right time for a book of humorous anecdotes. Well, that and the pantry was empty, so a book that might actually sell a few copies seemed like a good idea.

Nichole: What Cindy says might be true. Or it could be that one sunny spring morning, one of us woke up and said, “I think I’ll write a book of humorous anecdotes today.” Then there was email involved. Lots of email. And brainstorming and collecting and chocolate eating. And maybe some Twinkies. Thus, the proposal for a book of humorous anecdotes was born.

Q. I know you spent months collecting and editing the stories. What’s your favorite story in the book?

Cindy: There’s this fantastic story about a crotchety old man who gets visited by three ghosts at Christmas, and by the end of the story, he vows to keep Christmas … oh wait, that’s Charles Dickens’ stuff. All right then, my next favorite is “A Good Impression” contributed by Cathy Witbeck. It’s about a little girl who gets all decked out for Easter and puts something interesting into her purse to take to church. (But I’m not going to tell you what, because it would ruin the fun.) On the other hand, I do have to tell you that because they’re all so funny, my favorite story changes about every five minutes.

Nichole: I’m with Cindy. Choosing just one favorite would be like playing favorites between my children. Which I’ve never done. Ever. I’m a good mother. I promise. Oh, but speaking of motherhood, there are several stories about children doing funny things, like licking worms and bringing a head of lettuce to pray. Love all of those.

Q. Those were funny stories. Kids are such an inspiration for books like this, aren't they? Where do the stories come from? Did they really happen?

Cindy: From the demented … er … I mean, the creative genius of our minds. And from the funny events that we, and our contributors, saw happening at church, home and everywhere in between. Rest assured, however, that all contributors to the book signed a statement that the stories were true, and so even though real names were seldom used in the anecdotes, the situations actually happened. Which means if you think you recognize your bishop in there, well … we’ll never tell.

Nichole: None of them came from my current ward. They all came from other people’s wards, which I visited while wearing my invisibility cloak. So if you happen to be in my ward and recognize a story or five or twenty, well I didn’t see those things or write them down in my handy-dandy notebook. Er. Um. I mean…I plea the fifth?

Q. Okay, now for the really good questions. What are your favorite things to eat?

Cindy: I’m not particularly fond of witchetty grubs from Australia or puffer fish from Japan— not to mention Brussels sprouts from my mother’s kitchen—but otherwise I like most food. Especially Twinkies. Yes, I think Twinkies count as a very nutritious snack. Which reminds me, I’m almost out of ‘em.

Nichole: Chocolate, licorice, carbonated beverages, and cheese. And snow crab. But not all mixed together. Fondue is great and all, but only if you have the right recipe. Sometimes I like Twinkies, but since Cindy loves them so much I try to give her my share to be nice.

Q. Okay, I'm in complete agreement on the chocolate, though I can take or leave a Twinkie, myself. Now, if you could choose to be any animal, what would it be?

Cindy: I’d choose to be pixie dust. Oh wait, dust isn’t an animal. Okay, I’d choose to be the pixie. In fact, I think I probably was one in a previous life. At least I had a haircut that made my look like a pixie when I was a kid.

Nichole: If Cindy gets to be a pixie, I want to be a mermaid. Then I could swim around from island to island and eat all the snow crab and mango I wanted. Plus, I think mermaid fins are beauteous.

Q. And to think I was thinking of mundane animals like lions and giraffes. I guess I should have known better. Pixies and mermaids sound pretty awesome (and hey, if you're going to answer a question like that, it might as well have a fantastic answer!) Thank you for letting me interview you. Do you have anything you’d like to add?

Cindy and Nichole: It was our pleasure! Readers can visit us at our website, MormonMishaps.com, or laugh with us at our humor blog at ldshumor.blogspot.com. In addition, there are our personal blogs—follow Nichole at nicholegiles.blogspot.com or Cindy at bythebecks.blogspot.com. We really like having followers. It makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Plus, we like to post funny stuff and make you laugh.

Now, for a great announcement of a giveaway, which I'm totally bummed I can't enter because it's a fabulous prize: LIGHTING THE WORLD WITH LAUGHTER!

Mormon Mishaps and Mischief: A collection of true, humorous anecdotes about Latter-day Saint goofs and gaffs.


In celebration of Mothers, and all they do for us, Mormon Mishaps authors C.L. Beck and D.N. Giles have put together a giveaway in conjunction with a week-long blog tour. If you aren’t interested in winning a fantastic advertising package valued at $150, you can stop reading now.

Wait, you’re still reading. That must mean you want to hear about our prize package, correct? Well. Okay then.

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Entries will be accepted between May 4th and midnight, MST, May 16th. On May 17th, (or as close there about as possible) the winners will be chosen and announced on the LDS Humor blog. Although it's not required for entry, please take a minute to read the Mormon Mishaps and Mischief review/interview I've posted. Then, you must do the following four things to enter (but don't worry, they aren't hard):

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3. Follow the LDS Humor blog.
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Extra entries:

1. Blog about this contest, then come back and leave either a url address or a link in a comment.
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You may enter this contest here, as well as on any of the tour posts at the following blogs:

May 4th Rachelle Christensen
May 4th Shirley Bahlmann
May 5th Karlene Browning
May 5th Heather Gardener, Fire and Ice Book Reviews
May 6th Kellie Buckner
May 6th Rachel Rager
May 7th Shauna Chambers
May 7th Heather Justesen
May 10th LDS Humor Blog
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3 comments:

CL Beck, author said...

Heather: Thanks for your kind comments about Mormon Mishaps, and we love your story that's in it.

Thanks for being a stop on the blog tour/giveaway and for posting the interview. Sorry to hear you don't like Twinkies ... but that leaves more for me, ha ha. :)

Nichole Giles said...

Thanks for this interview, Heather. And I'll keep that Twinkie thing in mind next time it's my turn to do snacks for critique group.

It's been fun!

Danyelle Ferguson said...

Ooh, I totally want this!!! =)

So, I follow your blog, the LDS Humor blog, and the YLDSN blog.