Monday, January 21, 2008

In the Coop with Jessica Swaim

Today we are forgoing our usual cluck-cluck-clucking to give up a mighty AH-ROOOO in honor of our guest, Jessica Swaim , author of that dog-gone hilarious book, Hound from the Pound. She also has the world's best bio:

"Short-haired and feisty, Jessica Swaim is part Jack Russell terrier, so is it any wonder that every book she writes has a dog or dog relative (fox, werewolf, etc.) in it? Jessica's favorite activities include long walks on a loose leash, napping in front of the fire, and rolling belly-up in the grass. When irritated, she yips at the top of her lungs and has been known to bite the mailman for delivering rejection letters. When Jessica jumps the fence in search of adventure, she invariably finds it, but the best part is always coming back home."

Without further ah-roos and ado, onward to the interview!

How do you know when what you write is funny?

I write to amuse myself, which is a pretty simple task.

Do you have any tips for writing funny books?

Not a one. Do you?

Has being funny ever gotten you into or out of trouble?

No. But lying has.

What are some of your favorite funny books?

Diary of a Worm and Diary of a Spider by Doreen Cronin
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
anything by Lisa Wheeler
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

If you could live in one of your books, which one would you choose?

Since my most brilliant books are not yet published, I would choose The Hound From the Pound. It's a fantasy of mine to be owned by an unlimited number of dogs and not get arrested.

Do you prefer the Marx Bros or Three Stooges?

Monty Python, please.

What was your best Halloween costume ever?

When I was in first grade, my mom made me a little Red Riding Hood costume. The red crepe paper cape lasted slightly longer than the basket of cookies.

What is your Dream Job for a day?

It's a toss-up between dog trainer on a movie set or taste tester at the Cadbury chocolate factory.

Clown v. mime deathmatch. Pick your winner.

My father always said, "You can't run a circus without clowns," so I'd let the clown win. At least the mime would suffer silently.

Funniest dead person you'd like to meet.

Mark Twain, who said, "Be good and you will be lonesome."

BONUS QUESTION: What is your favorite funny dog breed?

Wiener dog. Love those faces, love those buns.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I heart Jessica Swaim books because they ARE Jessica, warm, funny, with no pretension and not a false note.

Love the interview...thanks, silly chicks, thanks Jessica.