Life in a Nutshell – Author’s take

I write romantic comedy, but  comedy is often dredged from some of the least humorous of life’s events.   In my book, Life in a Nutshell, you meet Riley Jones, a newly divorced, mid thirty-ish woman, who is trying to pull her life back together.

Beneath the sting of the shower she heard traffic grumbling by, coming to a slow rest at the stop sign on the corner, then gearing up and crawling away. If only it were as easy to wash away the memories…

Riley pressed her forehead to the shower wall, resting, just as traffic had, her thoughts slowing to a dull grind. Pulsating water melted the stress from her neck, back and shoulders, spiraling it silently down the drain. She let herself slide down the wall to form a puddle on the shower floor, melting a little herself, it seemed.

If the entire book had been written in the above context, it would have been a depressing story.  That’s too much pressure to put on any reader.

She woke to the sight of her panties flying round and round, waving like a banner at the end of a ceiling fan blade, and she knew, she just knew, it was going to be a really strange day.

When you add a little levity, as I did in the paragraph above, it allows the reader to come up for air, to shed some of the weightiness of a situation.

A good romantic comedy will put the pressure on, take it off, and put it on again.  Reading should be like a roller coaster ride, fast paced,  with a series of high and lows to move the story forward.

What are some of the qualities you think a good book should  have?  Feel free to comment, I’m open to discussion.

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James Kahn reviews Life in a Nutshell

I was over the moon delighted for my book, Life in a Nutshell, to receive a review from a man of James Kahn’s caliber.  If you’re a fan of Return of the Jedi, Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom, Goonies, Melrose Place or Poltergeist, then you’re a fan of James.  Right now, I’m fan girling him hard!

“Life in a Nutshell” is “Bridget Jones” meets “Bright Lights, Big City.” It starts breathless and keeps you running to the finish. Funny, sexy and smart – this is your next must-read romance novel.”

– James Kahn, writer-producer, Melrose Place

James Kahn’s newest feature film, Wrongside Bob, is shooting next year.  If you’re looking for more GREAT entertainment, follow his progress at https://www.facebook.com/wrongsidebob (like and follow the page for updates)  and check out his website at http://thatjameskahn.com/  .

The CD , Man Walks Into a Bar, that his new feature film is based on can be heard and purchased there. I’d encourage you to take a listen.  While you’re there, hop on over and check out his newest book releases.  I promise, you won’t be disappointed.

This thing called Life

One of my favorite quotes from Steve Jobs: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else´s life.”

Apparently Mr. Jobs has never had to contend with the people that exist inside of my head.  By virtue of my writing I AM living someone else’s life.  A life that couldn’t have been given birth to without first gestating inside my brain.  In my mental womb a small seed takes root, suckles upon gray matter and grows into it’s own existence.

As I spend hours and days hammering away on my keyboard I live another life, I see life through a different lens and I experience my existence via an altered reality.