Welcome to one of the January 22nd stops on the blog tour for Good Grammar Is the Life of the Party by Curtis Honeycutt, organized by iRead Book Tours. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour (schedule linked) for spotlights, other guest posts and interviews with the author, and a giveaway! (More on that at the end of this post.)
Let’s start off with the interview portion and then I’ll be back at the end with more informaiton about the book, the author, and that giveaway. Take it away, Curtis!
Interview with Curtis Honeycutt
What inspired you to start officially writing a book?
I listened to John August’s “Launch” podcast in which August writes the first book in his Arlo Finch series. He walked through his book-writing process, which does read like a publishing fairy tale. He does a great job of letting people know that his results aren’t typical. This podcast is incredibly inspiring for someone who wants a nudge in the right direction.
Who is someone who has influenced you in your writing?
I had a creative writing teacher (Mrs. Richardson) in high school who always encouraged me to enter writing contests. She would say, “You’ll never win a contest that you don’t enter.” Because of her philosophy, I’ve put myself out there quite a bit with writing, sending my work out to newspaper editors and publishers without fear of rejection.
What is your least favorite word?
“Moist.” I wrote a mini-section in the book about people’s least favorite words along with people’s favorite-sounding words. I find the word “moist” to be the ickiest…although “supple” would have to be a strong second place.
Who is the coolest person who recommended your book?
I love Cathy Heller (author and podcaster of “Don’t Keep Your Day Job”). She was kind enough to write an endorsement for my book. She wrote: “Honeycutt’s approach to grammar is hilarious and refreshing. Everyone can improve their grammar by reading this book.” I also received blurbs from many of my newspaper editors from all around the country.
How did you publish your book?
I have an agent who loved my book, but couldn’t find a traditional publisher for it. So, I started my own publishing company just to publish my book! It’s called The County Publishing—“The County” is an anagram for “Honeycutt.” I created it as an LLC so it’s a real, official publishing company. I paid a brilliant artist friend of mine to design the cover and hired my retired AP English teacher to edit the book.
What is your next project?
I want to write a humorous novel about a character who joins a cult in order to expose it as a fraud. The whole idea came from writing a book that I could label as a “cult comedy.”
About the Book
Good Grammar Is the Life of the Party
Tips for a Wildly Successful Life
by Curtis Honeycutt
Published 1 May 2020
by County Publishing
Genre: Non-Fiction, Grammar and Writing Reference
Page Count: 242
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Grammar rules! Good Grammar is the Life of the Party: Tips for a Wildly Successful Life will convert grammar goofballs into bonafide word nerds. As the writer of the award-winning humor column “Grammar Guy,” Curtis Honeycutt’s grammar advice appears in dozens of newspapers every week. His debut book—filled with witty word wisdom—is designed to make your life more awesome by improving your grammar. Do you love language, but sometimes get tripped up by confusing grammar rules? Good Grammar is the Life of the Party is like a cheat code for your social life. Level up your grammar game to become a linguistic legend—from romantic relationships to job promotions to getting invited to fancy roof parties. Climb the corporate ladder, convince people you’re smart, and win at life with dozens of helpful tips on how to master the English language.
About the Author
Curtis Honeycutt started writing about grammar in his local newspaper. His column, Grammar Guy, has since won multiple awards and now appears in newspapers across the U.S. Originally from Oklahoma, Honeycutt now lives in Indiana with his wife, Carrie, and their two children, Miles and Maeve.
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