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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Author Interview – John Hartnett

6:30 AM Posted by James Noel , No comments

Do you plan to publish more books? Yes,  I am working on another one now and have a third one waiting in the wings.

What else do you do to make money, other than write? It is rare today for writers to be full time… I work as a headhunter in the publishing industry.   I would love to write full time but I have been unable to convince my brain, my stomach or my children that we can live without eating or by sleeping under a tree as long as it is a member of the evergreen family.

What other jobs have you had in your life? I’ve had a million and have been working since I was nine or ten years old.  If only I had saved and didn’t blow it all on Pez dispensers which I still believe will become the official currency of North Korea one day.  I was a paperboy, sold subscriptions to the New York Times,  a landscaping laborer, a Congressional page, a hospital file clerk, a bartender, dishwasher, cook, bouncer, waiter, busboy, reporter, house painter, video store clerk, grocery store worker, intake counselor at a drug rehabilitation clinic, a construction worker, a stand in, production assistant, a location manager, joke and television writer, cartoonist, a marketing, business development, product development executive, author, sold gas well investments, worked in a home electronics/stereo store and a babysitter but not in that order.

If you could study any subject at university what would you pick? I would love to study how colleges get away with charging so much for an education and nobody can get a job when they graduate.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Ireland.  I was there last August and if someone had stopped me at the airport and said I could stay as long as I wanted, I would have hugged and kissed my wife, said goodbye for now and told her I’d send for her the moment my money ran out.

How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk? Like most people,  from left to write and almost exclusively on a computer.  I rewrite so much that if I relied on notepads, the paper industry would be relying on me to keep it afloat.

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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