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Author Interview – John Hartnett @johnjhartnett

Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it? Writing this book taught me to never, ever, ever quit my day job.

Do you intend to make writing a career? At this stage of the game, I think that question should be directed at the person who might hire me and if you know who it is, I’d appreciate getting a phone number.  Otherwise, I’d say it’s more of a hobby at present.

Have you developed a specific writing style? I’d like to think so.  My first person work is generally very consistent in tone and rhythm and the jokes reflect certain comedy rules, at least where such rules exist.

What is your greatest strength as a writer? I think it’s being able to see the humor in everyday situations and conveying that humor in a way readers can relate to and identify with.   My other great strength as a writer is using spellcheck.

Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? I have had writer’s block and find the only way to deal with it is to just sit in front of the computer until something comes, no matter how mundane, that you can work with.  I often start my blog posts without having the slightest idea what I am going to write about.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? These are some jokes that will be part of my next book
~ I don’t know why people say you should follow your dreams. In almost every one of mine I’m being chased to the edge of a ravine by a pack of headhunters from New Guinea.

~ If I was on a jury where someone was being tried for murder and their defense was that they had sunscreen in their eyes at the time, I would vote to let them go because I’ve had sunscreen in my eyes and let me tell you, it’s no picnic.

~ Monopoly isn’t fun anymore. As soon as I start winning, people just walk away from their mortgages.

~ I purchased a Magic 8 Ball in Little Italy and every time I asked it a question it said, “I don’t know nothin’.”

~ I wonder, if Jesus were alive today, how many of the disciples would be texting during the Last Supper.

~ If I was going to murder someone, I would use a pumpkin because it’s hard not to laugh when you hear that word, especially in the context of a very grave situation, and that could come in handy at the trial.

~ I thought I would be one of those few people who didn’t need yoga but my doctor just told me I have to stop drinking WD-40.

~ According to a national survey, 4 out of 5 cardiologists agree that people who jog in place while waiting for a traffic light to change look silly.

~It was so hot today in NJ, three Jehovah’s Witnesses rang my bell and offered to convert to the religion of my choice if I would let them sit in front of my air conditioner for 15 minutes.

~Just launched my new line of “Big Screen TV Dinners” available at supermarkets everywhere. Don’t worry about asking for them by name. Just look for the handsomely packaged 52-inch box in the freezer section.

How did you come up with the title? “The Barber’s Conundrum and Other Stories” includes a story of the same name that chronicles my 50 year plus history of never getting a really decent haircut.

The Barber’s Conundrum and Other Stories has been nominated for a 2013 Best Indie Book Award by The Kindle Book Review

The Barber’s Conundrum and Other Stories is more than just a collection of thirty-seven short literary humor pieces and humorous jokes that will make you laugh. It provides a treasure trove of tips and invaluable advice to help you navigate safely through marriage and relationships, raising kids and to finally understand the more peculiar aspects of day to day living that up until now, had been tossed into a big heap as just another one of God’s mysteries.

For example, did you ever wonder why weather reporters continue to stand in the middle of raging hurricanes to tell us what hurricanes are like when everybody else already knows what hurricanes are like? Did you ever wonder why people stop their cars in the middle of the street to let geese walk past even though geese have been flying long before Cro- Magnon Man was in knee pants? Did you ever think that if aliens do exist on our planet, most of them work in customer service? They do!

All of that, and more is in the book, so what do you say? At $8.99, you’re guaranteed to receive at least $10.50 worth of terrific advice and life extending laughter, which as we know is the best medicine, and there’s never a co-pay with laughter so you’re up well over $20 already and this is only the back cover. Think of the possibilities to save when you read the whole thing.

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Genre –  Humor

Rating – PG

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Website http://monkeybellhop.com/

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