High on a hill was a lonely goatherd; but not for long, because they were kidnapped, hidden in a bathtub with pink ribbons on their heads! But more about that later.
As artists, be it, in any of the arts; we have first been influenced by those that have gone before. In my case, it was Jerry Lewis, Red Skelton, The Marx Bros, Jackie Gleason and Art Carney. Later, Bill Cosby, Bob Newhart, the Monty Python crew and the highly influential: Robin Williams.
Artists do not so much mimic their influences early in their career than learn from them. Of course something 'rubs off' and stays with them while they develop their own niche, their own style.
So what has this to do with a lonely goatherd?
In 2012 I discovered the writings of Sharon Ruggieri; a married mum with six kids, seven if you count hubby, and numerous varieties of vermin they classify as pets. Definitely NOT the von Trapp family!
It only took a couple of paragraphs reading Sharon's blog to have the influence of that wonderful, satirical writer of family life:
When the big day arrived I was one of the first in, credit card in hand, typing details furiously, clicking the confirmation button more times than my browser could handle. Download Complete. Two little words that sent me into a world of hilarity, OMG situations and pure joy.
Sharon had come of age.. again. But this time as an author with her own style. A style that takes her readers not only into her world but into her mind. Each story peppered with ounce of reality and a pound of her humour.
The road to a best seller
As with most newly published works, especially self published, and inaugural publications; this road is more a dirt track than paved.
Sharon's avid readers, myself included, rallied to get her book jump started out of the driveway and on it's way up this road. Sales commenced, promotion abounded, word of mouth spread. Then the puff turned to huff as momentum slowed and the band packed up and went home.
In case of emergency - Relaunch!
As Sharon pen's more misadventures of the
Author: Greg Bepper © 2013
Greg Bepper's Thunderbolt Theatre & Film Productions