WEbooker of the WEek Laughs at Herself03:53
The WEbook Vote is underway, and we're on the lookout for projects that make us laugh, cry, or grow longer, stronger, thicker hair in just sixty days. This WEek's WEbooker, Shari, has two projects up for the vote, and while they won't improve your coiffure, they'll certainly make you laugh, and some might make you cry. Be sure to check out Shari's books, Pet Stories and Funny Little Stories about Life and Whatnot -- but first, let's get to know our newest WEbooker of the WEek.
Q: What's the brief story of your life, including your history with writing?
grew up an only child. My father was a journalist and, for a
brief time, an English teacher. He pulled me out of public school for
two years between the ages of twelve and thirteen and made me write
as my only school work. I kept a journal and that sparked my love of
writing. My parents and I
moved to a remote yoga center/ashram when I was a teenager. I learned
a lot about other cultures and also learned to have an ecumenical view
point. Not long after high school I started arranging flowers and got
a job at a local florist. That turned into a twenty-year career, culminating in the creation of my own shop. I
owned three different shops over a twelve-year period, and sold flowers,
antiques, my own handmade jewelry, and my husband’s hand-thrown
pottery. My husband is from South Africa and I had the amazing
opportunity to live there several years ago. After being diagnosed
with a rare auto-immune disease, I closed my shop and for the past two
years have been concentrating on getting well and writing. Both are
coming along better than I expected.
Q: How long have you
been working on Pet Stories and Funny Little Stories about Life and Whatnot? How did these
projects first get started? Both projects are group projects, with
contributions from other WEbookers. How are the books different than
they would be if you'd written them by yourself?
A: I started Pet Stories on MySpace. It started as a weekly blog about my dog Bodie.
My friends seemed to like to hear about his antics so I would write
something new each week and then one day I stumbled upon WEbook and
made it an official project. Funny Little Stories about Life and Whatnot started as a
collection sitting on my computer, and once I found WEbook, I turned it
into a project. I actually think it has helped having others
contribute to the project. It inspires me to write about things I
might not otherwise think of. I enjoy teamwork and think that
it's good to get a fresh perspective from fellow writers.
Q: You clearly enjoy humor. Who is the funniest person you know?
A: My dad. He has a very dry sense of humor and even though he can be sarcastic, he is always entertaining.
Q: A lot of the stories in Funny Little Stories about Life and Whatnot are self-deprecating. Why do
you think it's so entertaining to read people poking fun at their flaws
A: Well, in my case it's what I enjoy reading. I
love to see that people are human. As far as my writing is concerned,
it opens my life up to the reader and says, "Take a look". It's a very
honest approach. I struggle with fiction because I feel compelled to
tell my own story. I also think that you have to be able to laugh at
life. I don't think people want to read something that’s all about
self-pity. I say if it has to be tragic, let it also be funny.
Q: From your writing, I'd guess that David Sedaris is a source of
inspiration. You write about meeting him in Funny Little Stories about Life and Whatnot. At the
time, you couldn't think of anything good to say to him when he signed
your book. What would you say to him today if you had a do-over?
a funny question. I'm still scared to death of him. His stories are so brutally honest and
hilarious at the same time. I would ask him what gave him the courage
to get his work out there for the world to see. I would also want to
know about his family because he writes about them in a way that makes
you feel you know them.
Q: What's your favorite recipe?
make a pretty mean curry. I got the recipe from an Indian woman in
South Africa when we were living there. t's simple but delicious. You take some olive oil and fry about a teaspoon of medium curry
powder, 1 teaspoon of coriander powder, 1 onion, 1 clove of garlic, and
1 teaspoon of salt. Add 4 cubed potatoes and sauté until brown but
not burning. Add 1 large cubed tomato -- and then you can get creative.
I like to add 1 carrot, 1/2 head of cauliflower, 1 zucchini chopped and
a handful of string beans chopped. The trick is to cook it without
adding water. You have to stir it often so it won't burn. Right at
the end I add a cup of baby spinach and stir. I serve it with basmati
rice and a dollop of sour cream and mango pickle.
Q: What's your favorite project up for the WEbook vote -- other than your own, of course?
have a line on the wonderfullest writer on WEbook?
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of the WEek" to nominate your favorite WEbooker and he or she will
have a shot at joining the ranks of the immortals -- and getting a free WEbook T-shirt to boot.