Tuesday, February 19, 2008

In the Coop with Bruce Hale


Author Bruce Hale won us over long ago with his snort-out-loud-funny Chet Gecko series, about an intrepid reptilian detective with great taste in snacks (stinkbug pie, anyone?) and sidekicks (e.g. Natalie Attired, one of the coolest sidechicks of all time). Who can resist the allure of titles such as The Malted Falcon and The Big Nap? Not us, dear readers, not us. We are fools for that gecko.

And now Mr. Hale has brought us a brand-new series called
Underwhere to keep feeding our need for silly. The Prince of Underwhere, the first title in this half-novel, half-comic book series, truly has something for everyone: zombies, spies, talking cats, science experiments, rappers, and of course, lots and lots of undies.

Ladies and Gents, please help us welcome Bruce Hale to the coop!

How do you know when what you write is funny?

If it makes me laugh, grin, or feel a tickle in my funny bone, I think it's funny.

Do you have any tips for writing funny books?

Write what YOU find humorous. Everyone's tastes in humor are different. I may love Monty Python, you like the Three Stooges, and we both wonder what *she* sees in Adam Sandler. Follow your tastes.

What are some of your favorite funny books?

I love so many of them. Here are a few...

BUCKING THE SARGE by Christopher Paul Curtis
FLAT STANLEY by Jeff Brown
DEALING WITH DRAGONS by Patricia Wrede
WHALES ON STILTS by MT Anderson

Do you prefer The Marx Bros or Three Stooges?

Marx Brothers, no contest.

What was your best Halloween costume ever?

One year, I went as the Wolfman, complete with torn shirt and spirit-gummed hair sprouting from my face. I was quite a sight, riding to the party on a friend's moped.

What is your Dream Job for a Day?

Being a chocolate chip cookie taster.

Clown V. Mime Deathmatch.? Pick your winner.

Clowns rule. I think Bozo could kick a mime's butt any day.

Funniest dead person you'd like to meet?

It's a tie between Mark Twain and James Thurber. Although they wouldn't be much for conversation after all these years.

BONUS QUESTION: Hanes or Fruit of the Loom?

Neither. I'm a Calvin Klein kind of guy.

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