Writing about Cooking With Fernet Branca and coming across a book called Highballs For Breakfast : The very best of P. G. Wodehouse on the joys of a good stiff drink (Richard D. Kelly, ed.) made Gert think about memorable drink scenes. Continue reading The demon drink
As readers who have read about the way we write know, our process is nothing if not spontaneous. Sometimes they find it hard to believe we do not have any idea how our characters will come out of the comedy we weave them into. But I have found a piece of evidence of our process and I publish it here just as it was written from one to the other in 2008.
This is about as much planning as we ever do.
Continue reading Behind the Scenes
Guy Savage of His Futile Preoccupations has followed up his review of Writing is Easy with an interview with us about Gert and how she operates. You can read it here:
A blurb for Writing is Easy has appeared on Goodkindles (www.goodkindles.net)
Writing is Easy is for you if you love to laugh, love to read, love to write and love to eat. Marcus the egotistical best-seller author, Lester, his blackmailing secretary, Lilian, the Gertrude Stein lookalike performance poet and John, the fitness fanatic who doesn’t believe in drinking fluids or in sitting down, are just some of the members of a writing workshop at a gourmet country retreat . Will Marcus succeed in killing Lester before he divulges Marcus’ guilty secret? Will John convince stout, lazy Lilian to be the guinea pig for his book Superhuman Fitness in 26 days? Will the would-be crime writer Rex shake off his obsession with Raymond Chandler’s dames? Will Andrew, the anal-retentive, chef, get through the seven days of the retreat without strangling someone?
I imagine the book is funny enough, wrote one reviewer, but anyone who has ever tried to write, or has ever taken any interest in the nuts and bolts of literature, will find it particularly delicious. Talking of delicious, I must just mention the food and drink again: I’m sure you could put on a few pounds just by reading this – you’ll see what I mean if you do.