Today John Vorhaus is here to talk about his latest book, Banana Pants Crazy, releasing on April 1st.
I wouldn’t want to sleep with him but I’d certainly buy his book.”
– Annie Duke, poker diva
John is giving an e-copy of Banana Pants Crazy to the first three people to post a brand new word (authentic neologisms, please, no retreads) in the comment box. AND be part of Team Banana Pants! Join THE NOISELETTER and receive a prize!
Q: What’s the premise of your new book?
That funny nuggets, curated oddities and explosive moments of real drama can add up to a satisfying, quick read. It’s math: ½ comic + ½ serious + ½ strange = all fun. (It’s the third half that makes all the difference.)
Q: What would you like people to know about the book itself?
Well, it’s an exploration. Into language. Humor. Deep word play. A romp inside the author’s mind (if that’s a place anyone needs to be). Just now I used the word “curated,” and that’s how I like to think about the book: as a museum exhibit, but one that you get to take home.
Q: What do your characters have to overcome in this story? What challenge do you set before them?
Like a politician deftly pivoting away from a tough question, I shall answer a different one instead: “In 100 words or less, what is really in this book?”
Some fiction, some flotsam, some dances with words, some heart-stopping anagrams, many found objects, things I’ve said about dogs, mashed metaphors and manhandled clichés, twitter tales, sad tales (at least one), true facts, bar facts, hilarious headlines (wait, you’ll see), wisdomettes, a whiff of poker, names needing rock bands, a noun fight, a museum of lies, a war of random words, a bit of wizardry, bad ideas for children, some new dirty words, a brief interlude where writing in the passive voice is done by me and much more, all in fewer pages than you might expect.
Q: What unique challenges did this book pose for you, if any? [Read more…]