Monday, March 7, 2011

Suzanne Tyrpak & Jeni Decker

Suzanne Tyrpak ran away from New York a long time ago to live in Colorado. Her debut novel is Vestal Virgin, suspense set in ancient Rome, available on Kindle and Smashwords—and soon to be released in trade paperback through Amazon.  Her collection of nine short stories Dating My Vibrator (and other true fiction) is available on Kindle and Smashwords. J.A. Konrath calls it, “Pure comedic brilliance.”  Her short story Downhill was first published in Arts Perspective Magazine. Rock Bottom is published in the Mota 9: Addiction anthology, available on Kindle.  Her short story Ghost Plane was published by CrimeSpree Magazine. Venus Faded appears in the anthology Pronto! Writings from Rome (Triple Tree Publishing, 2002) along with notable authors including: Dorothy Allison, Elizabeth Engstrom, Terry Brooks and John Saul. Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers awarded her first prize in the Colorado Gold Writing Contest, and Maui Writers awarded her third prize in the Rupert Hughes writing competition.
*New York Times bestselling author, Terry Brooks says about her writing: “...a writer of real talent...a promising new voice.”
*New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen says, “Suzanne Tyrpak weaves a spell that utterly enchants and delights. Her writing is pure magic.”

Dating My Vibrator and other true fiction is a collection of nine true and almost true short stories all based (unfortunately) on my own experience. After nineteen years of marriage I was thrust into a brave new world of dating: online, offline, standing in line, listening to lines. And I have survived to tell these tales. Dating, divorce, desperation—all that good stuff. CAUTION: if you’re contemplating divorce, these stories may convince you to consider marriage counseling. If you’re out there dating, chances are you will relate. OMG! Here’s a scary thought: maybe you’ve met some of these guys. Names have been changed to protect the guilty. Joe Konrath gave it 5 stars and says, “Pure Comedic Brilliance.” 
What will readers like about the book?

You get to laugh, and you can be happy (and relieved) that the stories aren't about you.

Why did you go Indie?
What traditional publisher would publish a collection of nine short stories for .99 cents? Also, I'm a control freak.

Favorite Author in this genre:
Chelsea Handler is really funny--but I didn't read her until after I'd published my stories. I love Dorothy Parker's short stories, Raymond Carver, Flannery O'conner.

Link to my Blog "Who's Imagining All This?"
Jeni Decker--The Wisdom of Repugnance
Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
Hopefully the unexpected.  I think the best way to get any point across, where the subject matter itself might be...ahem...questionable, is to infuse it with humor.  Obviously sexual paraphilia is a dicey topic, so it was important to me that the reader be comfortable - hence the humor.  But, more important to me, as the writer, is that in the end the reader might ask themselves a question or two about their own proclivities, their own moral compass and how they judge others.

Q: Why did you go indie?
I have one novel that will be released this year, traditionally, and a few others being considered by small and larger publishers.  But I've wanted to dip a toe into the self-publishing, independent arena for a while now.  There's something intriguing about being in full control of the product.  This book might have been edited within an inch of its life, given the content, so it was a no-brainer using it as my indie guinea pig.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
I don't write or read in a particular genre.  Some of my favorite authors are David Sedaris, Augusten Burroughs, Oscar Wilde, Edward Albee...
I've read everything from Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series (I tried to resist, but succombed quickly...) to Room by Emma Donoghue.  Over the years I've read Djuna Barnes, Stephen King, Harlan Coban, Felice you can see, it's a real bridge mix of writers.  I don't read much fantasy, and will fully cop to having an issue with suspension of disbelief, but if it's got humor, whatever the genre, I'm in.  I also love memoirs.  I'm kind of a junky in that regard.

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