Today we welcome Grace Mattioli, author of Olive Branches Don’t Grow On Trees, to the blog. Please make her feel welcome. She has been kind enough to offer a kindle e-book for giveaway! Giveaway details below…please read post first.
The Use of Humor in Serious Fiction
When I began writing Olive Branches Don’t Grow On Trees, I did not intend for it to be humorous, but when I read my first chapter to a group of fellow writers, I was delighted to find them laughing out loud. I was really delighted when various people read my novel and told me how funny they found it to be. Because I chose to write about the serious theme of peace, I think that the use of humor in my book was especially important. The use of humor in serious fiction is a great tool for driving a point home without sounding didactic or moralistic.
In terms of character development, it is the funny quirks about characters that make them more real, more believable, and more lovable. Vince believes that the recent preponderance of books about war is a government conspiracy. As a lawyer, Frank bartered with clients who could not make their whole legal fee. Angie is obsessed by the fact that she lives in the very same neighborhood as Bruce Springsteen and is determined to find his house. Donna is constantly plagued by some new self-diagnosed ailment that keeps her following one trend diet after the other.
Humor can really enhance dialogue. Cosmo tells Silvia that she would have better luck making peace in the Middle East than within their family. Frank finishes his monologue of complaints with the phrase “I can’t complain.” And last but not least, humor greatly adds to the fun of story. Silvia listens to her boss, a full grown man rant on about the importance of Gummy Bears. Donna is sexually harassed by the Three Little Pigs at Disney World. What fun!
I’m Grace Mattioli, the author of Olive Branches Don’t Grow On Trees. Originally from New Jersey, I currently work as a librarian in San Francisco, where I live with my husband and two cats. I started writing when I was ten years old. I knew then that I wanted to be a writer; that I wanted to tell stories and make people laugh and cry and think; that I wanted to use words to paint pictures and make music.
In college, I studied English literature, and gravitated towards contemporary fiction. Some of my favorite and most influential authors include Flannery O’Connor, Hemingway, Edward Abbey and Douglas Adams. I love beautifully written prose and humorous fiction. I have taken several writing workshops, including some in fiction writing and screenwriting, and have written several short stories and some flash fiction which can be found on The Short Humour site: http://www.short-humour.org.uk/. I always dreamed of writing a novel but was not sure I had it in me until recently. I thoroughly enjoyed writing “Olive Branches Don’t Grow On Trees” and plan on starting my next novel very soon.
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