Welcome to the next stop on the Frat Boy & Toppy Blog Tour Extravaganza! *confetti*
On this tour, I'm writing a series of posts on how I cook up a story. Not a how-to manual, just a how-I-do manual, wherein I reveal all the dirty little secrets about how I approach a story, using Frat Boy & Toppy as an example.
For a schedule—with links—of all the places I'll be on my tour, visit my blog, http://annetenino.com. There you will also find information on my tour contest—I'll be giving away a Frat Boy & Toppy notebook, signed paperback copy of 18% Gray, and e-book of my next release, Turning Tricks. To enter the contest, you must ferret out the three questions (each in different blog tour posts) and answer them in one email sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will chose one winner at random from all the emails received by 11:59 pm (PDT/GMT -7:00) April 3rd.
The Snarky and the Snarkless
Comedy is a finicky art. I abso-freaking-lute-ly love to write funny stuff. Some people think I'm hilarious, others think I'm not. Here's what an acquaintance from Goodreads said in her review of 18% Gray "an attempt at being almost always funny in a quite simplistic way" (she gave me a 2-star rating, FYI).
Well...yeah. I don't know what else to say, really. I'd like it if she thought it was funny, but I accepted before I started submitting work to publishers that not everyone could like what I wrote. It's impossible. There are books I think are brilliant which others just don't get (The Screwed up Life of Charlie the Second for example, which I've been pushing like it's meth and I'm a stockholder in Crystal-R-Us for a year now. Yet someone still gave it a 2-star rating on Amazon). Then there are the bestsellers and classics that leave me with a feeling of "huh?" when I'm done. I mean, have you ever read Moby Dick? Talk about a misleading title.
Here's the thing; I like the absurd. I really did watch Monty Python from inside the womb, that's not just some cute thing I made up for my bio (Compulsive Romantic Disorder is totally made up, though. My therapist...not so much). I also like snark. I tend to have snarky characters with absurd (sometimes naive) counterparts. I don't mean to keep doing that, but it just keeps coming out that way. I find it amusing.
And that's my secret to writing humor: I write what I find funny. I have no guarantee my audience will find it funny. I've often been surprised at what people find funny—frequently it's something I wrote unthinkingly. In Whitetail Rock , this happens a lot. That line Sam has about all those romance novels lying? I kind of—in a way—meant that. I thought the breakaway funny line was when Nik tells Jurgen he thinks he'll taste like wienerschnitzel. Yet when the Goodreads M/M Romance group gave out their Member's Choice awards, I took second place for the romance novel line and not the wienerschnitzel.
What I'm telling you is, I don't have any tips for you, or a magical formula. I'm sorry. I don't know how the hell it happens, I'm just having fun.
What do I have for you, you ask?
Weeeell . . . Today, I have an extra special treat—I'm going to ask the second of the three questions that qualify you to win the Frat Boy & Toppy Blog Tour Extravaganza contest. For more contest details and a schedule of my blog tour, check out my blog, http://annetenino.com.
Before I ask the question, of course, I'm going to talk about Frat Boy & Toppy. After all, this is the Frat Boy & Toppy Blog Tour Extravaganza. *confetti*
Both Sebastian (Toppy) and Brad (Frat Boy) have some funny situations or lines in FB&T, but their comedic delivery is different. Sebastian has this mischievously snarky thing going on, and Brad's sort of unintentionally funny. He's oblivious to his own humor, basically. I hope, when you read it (cause you will, right?) you'll see I wasn't making fun of Brad so much as taking advantage of this personality quirk.
Need an example? Here you go, then. This is from about Chapter Six, when Brad has been called to Sebastian's office—it hasn't quite hit him that he's in trouble. All he can think about is some other reason Sebastian might want to see Brad alone.
“I have a kind of important meeting.” Sebastian’s voice, drifting down the hall.
Brad’s heart thumped a couple of times, reminding him it needed some oxygen. That’s me. He started walking toward the door, listening for more. He didn’t hear anything else but Sebastian’s voice, murmuring. What did he have to say to his officemate in such a quiet voice?
Then Brad was standing in the doorway, clearing his throat. He wasn’t doing it to attract Sebastian’s attention. He needed to clear it. It was dry as a desert. Sebastian turned toward him at the sound and smiled.
Brad thought he might faint. Man up, dude.
“Hey, Brad,” Sebastian said, walking his way and smiling that smile.
Brad swallowed. “Hey,” he croaked. Sebastian cocked his head a second, studying him. He stopped a couple feet in front of Brad, still looking at him like he was trying to figure something out.
“Um, hey, I thought the office was going to be free, but it looks like it’s not. I’d kinda like to talk to you in private, so . . .” Sebastian raised an eyebrow at him.
Could this actually be about what Brad wanted it to be about? Like, a hook-up? “Private’s good,” Brad blurted. Then felt himself go red.
“Yeah,” Sebastian agreed immediately. He looked like he was trying not to smile. “Yeah, so I think we can probably find a semi-deserted coffee shop on Sixth Avenue, and probably get a table with enough privacy to talk there.”
The bow-chicka-bow-bow soundtrack in Brad’s head stopped playing. Either the dude was way kinkier than Brad was ready for, or this wasn’t going to be about sex.
That’s when it hit Brad’s testosterone-addled brain what else this meeting might be about. ”
Okay, ready for the Frat Boy & Toppy Blog Tour Extravaganza *confetti* contest? Question Number Two: Where is Sebastian's office located?
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Raised on a steady media diet of Monty Python, classical music and the visual arts, Anne Tenino rocked the mental health world when she was the first patient diagnosed with Compulsive Romantic Disorder. Since that day, Anne has taken on conquering the M/M world through therapeutic writing. Finding out who those guys having sex in her head are and what to do with them has been extremely liberating.
Wondering what Anne does when not writing? Mostly she lies on the couch, eats bonbons and shirks housework.
Check out what Anne’s up to now by visiting her site. http://annetenino.com