Not my most recent book, but one of my most recent books (I’ve had eight e-books released in the last two months) is Dust Bunnies Ate My Socks, which I co-wrote with a good friend (actually a former boyfriend—I think if a guy is worth having a romantic relationship with, he should be worth staying friends with afterward, and that’s certainly true of this guy), George Moyer. Dust Bunnies Ate My Socks is a bachelor’s guide to housekeeping and was written with tongue planted firmly in cheek.
Tell us something about yourself.
I’ve lived in South Florida since 1984, when I left the frigid winters of New York in search of a more hospitable climate. I’ve been writing since I first learned how to spell C-A-T, but didn’t have my first book published till 1993.
After 54 conventionally published (that is, paper) books, I realized that e-books are the future, and while I haven’t totally abandoned print books, I’ve now had roughly 50 e-books published. A bunch of them were released by a company that went under—hey, I guess those are the risks when you’re out at the edge of a new frontier—but I’ve since succeeded in interesting four other publishers in my writing, and so far they’re all still in business. I’ve even made a friend out of one of the four publishers and recently my Significant Other and I spent a weekend as her houseguests.
My writing past includes a two-year stint (while I lived in NYC) as a theatre editor and reviewer. I played it fair—I didn’t keep all the best shows for myself to review. I let my other staffers review some of the goodies, and I got stuck with a couple of MAJOR stinkers that still, after all these years, resonate unpleasantly in my memory.
In my current professional life, I’m a full-time freelance writer/editor, taking in wildly diversified projects, so that I may be editing books, writing commercials, editing a magazine, writing web copy…or, when there isn’t a more pressing project at hand, writing books. I’m a serious workaholic who works seven days a week (and loves it!) and who never plans to retire.
Writing is one of my hobbies, too. (My other main hobby is cooking.) I write all the plays produced by the Palm Springs Players (that’s Palm Springs FL, not its richer and more famous namesake city out west), for which I’ve never received a penny…though one of the plays the PSP put on was produced in New York some time back (it was a kids’ show—the PSP puts on both adult- and kid-oriented shows), and I did make a little money (emphasis on “little”!) from the NYC production. I’m also into punnery (wordplay), as one of the members of PUNY, an online punsters’ group, and when I can afford it I travel to Austin in May for the annual O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships, sometimes as a contestant and sometimes as a judge. One of my forthcoming books (Betcha Didn’t Know, an April release from SynergEbooks) is pun-based and pun-filled.
What inspired you to write this book?
Dust Bunnies Ate My Socks grew out of a series of hysterically funny emails from George. Now, I have a good sense of humor, but George is a really funny fellow. Like I said, we’re post-romantic-relationship friends, but George moved to Pennsylvania a while ago, so now we communicate more by email than by phone. He started sending me these emails that were a total hoot, and after a while I said, “You know, hon, we really have the kernel of a book growing here.” He disclaimed, “I’m not a writer.” I said, “You’ve got some funny stuff going on here.” Well, we back-and-forthed about it, and the upshot was that I convinced him to work with me on a book. Now, I am a writer. George is not. But George has a wild sense of humor, waaaaaay wilder than mine. Together we make a good team. We sent stuff back and forth and back and forth…and eventually a book evolved.
How did you choose the title?
Actually, I owe the title to one of my punster friends, Tiff Wimberley, who originally intended for me to append the title to a totally different book—one that never got written. (I don’t even remember, now, what that book was supposed to be.) But the title stuck in my head, and I realized it was the perfect title for George’s and my book.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?
I mostly read nonfiction. I have a preference for humor, but it’s not absolute. I do read plenty of nonfiction that isn’t humorous. I don’t have a fave author. My tastes are eclectic, and I spread my reading around among authors, humorous and serious.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
I am not currently working on a book—but I am sooooo longing to start one. I do have a huge bunch of forthcoming and recently published ebooks: go to http://secretcravingspublishing.com/CynthiaMacGregor.html to see a bunch of them. My pun book on synergEbooks is not showing up on their site yet as for sale. Dust Bunnies is at http://www.uncialpress.com/Humor/ And I have some romances (not my usual thing…but I’m always trying out new media) at http://www.bookstrand.com/cynthia-macgregor
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
In three words: DON’T GIVE UP.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
Someone with a sense of humor. Seriously. If you don’t have a sense of humor, you’re not going to enjoy Dust Bunnies Ate My Socks. Seriously.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
They can put a picture to my face and learn a little more about me at www.cynthiamacgregor.com. If they have need of a freelance writer or editor or just need encouragement at no cost from one writer to another, they can write me at Cynthia@cynthiamacgregor.com or call me at 561-963-5199 (daytimes only, please – Eastern Time Zone – 7 days/wk).
And they can order the book…and I hope they will…at http://www.uncialpress.com/Humor/