L.A. Nuts. Humorous essays about crazy people in Los Angeles. (It’s a thick book.)
Tell us something about yourself.
The first time I got drunk was by accident. I was 17 and crashed a grad night party hosted by one of the cool kids. I finished most of the three beers I snagged, and in an hour I was higher than Batman.
Oh, born and raised in L.A. Proofreader, editor, writer, and for a couple of weeks in college, I was a little-league umpire, which may be the worst job ever invented.
What inspired you to write this book?
Same as the apostles: to meet chicks.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
I’m still not sure I want to be a writer. I’m thinking of taking another shot at acting for the relative career stability it offers.
I got started by picking up a pen. I didn’t start taking myself seriously until college. Other people didn’t start taking me seriously until my 30s.
Do you have any writing rituals?
Yes. Every day, I send exactly zero query letters to agents. Then, in the afternoon, I do not check for rejection letters. Real time-saver.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
Leap in and do it. L.A. Nuts is self-published. If I’d waited for a traditional publisher to take my book on, I’d still be waiting. This way, I have a book, I did it exactly how I wanted to, and I don’t answer to anyone.
I also learned just how good I was; it’s earned seven honors in five competitions, including first place for humor in the Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
It’s about Dan Brown and Stephenie Meyer stranded on an island with a gun and one bullet. No, wait, I’m sorry. That’s a reality TV show I’m trying to develop.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Writing: Just do it. The act of writing itself is the best teacher.
Publishing: It is more about marketing than you realize.
If no publisher will take on your book, and you really believe in it, then self-publish. Don’t be intimidated by self-publishing. Just think about self-publishing like traditional publishing except without all those other people there to help.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
Someone who likes a snarky sense of humor and/or who hates Los Angeles. Also, anyone who’s looking for holiday gift ideas and who has thousands of friends who like the above qualities in books.
It’s also for readers who prefer books that they can digest in short bits. A good friend of mine called my book “perfect toilet reading,” meaning it was great to read while sitting on the toilet. Other reviewers have also used the word “toilet,” but none of them were complimentary.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
Also, if you join the facebook group page for L.A. Nuts and/or “like” the facebook fan page for “Joe Dungan,” you’ll get occasional updates that are as humorous as this interview. And if you think my interview answers are lame, then you’ll get occasional updates that are equally lame. That’s a promise.