Welcome to the debut post on my blog. Just as you thought, given the masthead, I’m George Tisdale. Otherwise you might be feeling disappointed and it’s much too early in our delicate blogger-reader relationship for that.
Why am I blogging? My social-media consultant, Rebecca Schinsky (a.k.a., The Book Lady), told me I had to have an established online presence well before I submitted my novel manuscript to agents this year. I pay Rebecca for her advice, and rarely win an argument with her, so here I am.
What will I be writing about?
Hold a sec. I’ve posed two questions in the first three paragraphs. Let’s switch to a Q&A format where I imagine you asking me questions and me answering them. This could be fun. Or weird.
Q May I continue?
A Be my imagined guest.
Q What will you be writing about?
A It’s early days — actually, moments — here on the blog, but my plan is pretty simple: write about a variety of subjects and hope to entertain (more than I am in this current sentence).
Q Did you start writing early and were you encouraged?
A Yes, although I was writing letters and didn’t know I was becoming a writer. And yes to being encouraged, discounting the comment a certain aunt once made about my spelling.
Q Do you spell well today?
A Absolutely, with special thanks to my copy of 20,000 Words (McGraw-Hill, 7th Edition) by renowned speller Lewis A. Leslie, plus the world’s greatest spell-guesser, Google.
Q Are you a professional writer?
A I write for a living, yes (and on some days live better than others).
Q Why have I never heard of you?
A Advertising materials don’t get signed by their writers. We’re ghostwriters of a kind.
Q What made you decide to write a novel?
A Advertising did.
Q What sort of ad was it?
A I didn’t mean that in that sense. I was unclear, a painful admission for any writer. But anyway, writing advertising is writing in the voice of the advertiser. Not once in my career has a client said, “George, use your own voice when you write for us.” I know, can you believe it? I wanted to write a story in my own voice, simple as that.
Q How has a career in advertising influenced your fiction writing?
A It’s honed my sense of humor.
Q Does that mean your novel is funny?
A It’s hilarious.
Q Should I just take your word for that bold claim?
A Actually, I have a bunch of words you’re free to take. Please see my “Meet Scott … ” excerpt.
Q What’s your novel about?
A A young sculptor who stumbles into advertising to make a living while he sculpts pieces for his next show, tries to track down his lost girlfriend, worries about his mother’s relationship with a sleazy motivational speaker, and, well, I’m giving too much away.
Q So it’s autobiographical?
A It is not autobiographical! I use elements from my life. All fiction writers do. (And those using my life had better stop it.)
Q What makes your novel funny?
A If I had to guess, the voice of the first-person narrator.
Q Do I have to re-read your excerpt? I know it by heart.
A Just couldn’t stay in character for the entire Q&A, could you?