When a Romance Author Tries Her Hand at Comedy ~ GRL Spotlight Stop with Vanessa North

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Comedy is hard.

Writers say that to each other a lot—in a reverent sort of tone. It’s one of those blanket statements that meets with almost universal agreement. Even non-writers have picked up on this one. My family members will say things like “How’s that thing you’re writing? Did you ever finish the funny one? Comedy is hard.”

Comedy is hard.

There are rules.

  1. Be smart.
  2. Be timely.
  3. Be relevant.
  4. Never, ever punch down.

Okay, well, those first three should probably apply to all writing, and as far as not punching down goes, how hard is it to not be a dick? (answer: it’s not that hard—being smart, timely, and relevant? That shit is hard).

DoubleUp_400x600When I released Double Up last year, readers began declaring themselves #teameddie on Goodreads and twitter. Eddie—a secondary character. Eddie, the guy whose purpose was to lighten the mood, to provide comic relief. #teameddie needed a book. And that meant I had to make the comedic sidekick a believable leading man—or risk writing a farce instead of a romcom. And I had to make a femme guy funny without making him the butt of the joke—without punching down. I looked inward, at my own fears, my own anxieties—even my phone phobia—and I twisted them and polished them and gave Eddie power over those things.

So, Rough Road was born, and I learned for myself why comedy is truly hard. It’s not just following the rules—it’s taking all the icky-squicky uncomfortable things inside yourself, all the things that make you nervous and scared, and inviting people to laugh at them—hoping they’ll laugh at them. The thing nobody tells you, when you’re writing comedy is that it’s empowering too.

RoughRoad_400x600Not on #teameddie yet? Rough Road releases September 28, 2015. In the meantime, I’m giving away a copy of Double Up, the first book in the Lake Lovelace universe, to a commenter on this post.

~Vanessa North


Title: Rough Road
Author: Vanessa North
Publisher: Riptide
Publication Date: 09/28/2015
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Genre: Humor/Comedy, M/M Romance


Eddie Russell is many things: A wealthy pillar of the community. An outrageous flirt. A doting best friend. A masochist with a kink for brawling with his bedmates. But he is definitely not a man who invites intimacy. His friends are close but few, his lovers rarer still.

When Eddie runs his Mercedes off the road on a hot July afternoon, Wish Carver comes to his aid—and leaves his number in Eddie’s phone. Wish, a road crew worker half Eddie’s age and sexy as sin, seems fascinated by Eddie’s different sides. Mutual attraction and compatible kinks ignite the sheets, but it’s their connection outside the bedroom that Eddie begins to crave.

When the two come down on opposite sides of a local issue, Eddie finds his growing feelings for Wish at odds with his business interests and his devotion to his best friend, local wakeboarding legend Ben Warren. Torn between old loyalties and his new love, Eddie is reluctant to make a choice. But he knows he can’t make Wish wait too long to make up his mind.


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About Vanessa North

Author of over a dozen novels, novellas, and short stories, Vanessa North delights in giving happy-ever-afters to characters who don’t think they deserve them. Relentless curiosity led her to take up knitting and run a few marathons “just to see if she could.” She started writing for the same reason. Her very patient husband pretends not to notice when her hobbies take over the house. Living and writing in Northwest Georgia, she finds her attempts to keep a quiet home are frequently thwarted by twin boy-children and a very, very large dog.

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