Hi, Carol, welcome to, Getting To Know the Author.
Let’s get right down to it, your book, the one about killing off someone … is it non-fiction? Are you a hitman/woman/person? Tell, please, tell!
Haha! Tempted though I am to bump off my Grumpy this book is designed to save the sanity of women like me, who have a grumpy old man, especially a grumpy old retired man, under their feet. It is non-fiction but humorous. It’s full of ideas, some far more ridiculous than others, to tempt your man out of the house. At worst, he’ll be able to read the book and absorb some of the trivia and jokes that are scattered throughout it. Actually, I’d rather like to be a hitman!
Where on earth did you get the idea … who inspired such a title?
I have to confess that my publishers came up with this title. I wanted to call it How to Make a Grumpy Happy, or, 700 Ways to Entertain Your Grumpy. Their choice is much better. Mine made it sound dull and it certainly isn’t that.
Tidy desk? Writing room? Where is it you write? (send a pic to insert if you wish)
I now have my own office with a proper desk, printer and cupboards. I used to type in my son’s old bedroom, on a very dodgy desk that he had used for years. When we moved house last year, I had a room set up just for me and my writing paraphernalia.
Jokes. You have a knack for telling a joke on your site, do you have one about writers? A clean one please!
Okay, let;s try this one. I have a stack of others but they are already on my blog.
A writer died and was given the option of going to heaven or hell.
She decided to check out each place first. As the writer descended into the fiery pits, she saw row upon row of writers chained to their desks in a steaming sweatshop. As they worked, they were repeatedly whipped with thorny lashes.
“Oh my,” said the writer. “Let me see heaven now.”
A few moments later she ascended into heaven where she saw rows of writers, chained to their desks in a steaming sweatshop. As they worked, they too, were whipped with thorny lashes.
“Wait a minute,” said the writer. “This is just as bad as hell!”
“Oh no, it’s not,” replied a booming voice.”Here, your work gets published.”
(Ha! Ha! Thanks for the giggle)
Have you been to, or planning to go, to a writing conference?
I studied both English and French at University and almost did a Master’s degree in Linguistics. I figured I was qualified enough to write, so haven’t attended a writing conference. Maybe I should go. I have my own unique style though and I don’t want to pick up new ideas that might confuse me. I’m easily confused.
Have you written any other books?
Yes, apart from a bunch of books for children years ago, I wrote Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines in 2010. That has picked up quite a few awards for humour now and was taken on by ThornBerry Publishing earlier this year. They released a new edition. The sequel, Surfing in Stilettos was published in 2012 by Thornberry Publishing and a third in the series will be published much later this year. I also have two more books including, Just Add Spice, in the pipeline with Safkhet Publishing, but no release date for them just yet.
What are you currently writing?
I’m writing two books at the moment. One is the third in the Amanda Wilson books and is called Follow You, Follow Me. I am also preparing a special project that will appeal to all men of a certain age. I have been assisted unwittingly again, by my ever present Grumpy. Can’t give out any clues yet.
Do you have hobbies?
Apart from writing, blogging, writing and oh yes, writing, I still enjoy travelling and am trying to teach myself Russian. I’ve been trying for a couple of years now but keep losing the thread of where I am in the course.
I’ll be taking up some of my other usual hobbies when the weather improves and I am able to get outside rather than lose my head thanks to the wind and rain every time I set foot outside. I want to get fit again and will no doubt attempt some ridiculous activity to help me in my quest. I am somewhat tempted to take up a crazy hobby too. (Must be an age ‘thing’.) I have a burning desire to pole dance and to abseil, but not at the same time.
Stiletto shoes, or comfy scruffs?
Do flat walking shoes count? I prefer stilettos every time but we walk for miles and miles and I would soon wear the heels down. Besides blisters are jolly uncomfortable.
I was on my way to the supermarket, when … Do you have a tale to tell relating to an everyday, boring event?
I was on my way back from the language school where I taught, when I swerved to miss a donkey and fell of my motor bike into a truck of oranges. The rabbit that was in my panier escaped and hopped off between all the bikes and people, into the distance. You mean that sort of story? Yes, it happened. I had better explain that it happened when I lived and worked in Casablanca, Morocco so it wasn’t too mundane a start to the story. I rode about on a VeloSolex motorbike which was years old. I was waiting at traffic lights when a donkey beside me at the lights (it was pulling a cart) got spooked by a backfiring scooter and careered off in front of me causing me to fall. Why did I have a live rabbit in the panier? A student had given it to me as a thank you present. I’d been intending to free it anyway rather than eat it. Lucky it wasn’t the guinea fowl the same student had given me the week before. That would have made a heck of a noise as it ran off.
(Oh my word!)
Tell us more about Carol Wyer … who is the woman behind Grumpy?
There isn’t a lot more to tell. I am the woman behind the Grumpy. If I didn’t have him I wouldn’t have any writing material. Still, if I didn’t have him, I’d probably be the woman behind the hunky toy boy!
Where can folk find you in Cyberspace?
I am everywhere. You can find me on almost every social website. Here are some links to the most popular and other sites: