Monday, December 20, 2010


I recently had another wonderful opportunity to talk about my hilarious series. It was a joy to talk about my wayward nun who loves her bourbon and her Marlboros. Along with the Reverend Mother, a reformed prostitute, and the convent's chef, a gay cowboy who is a self-described sex maniac, I had the chance to talk about my other deliciously dysfunctional characters of Bucksnort, Wisconsin.

While the interview focused on my newest book in the series, "Babes in Bucksnort", I was able to talk about my motivation behind developing the series. Years ago, I entertained a colleague by leaving voice mails doing impressions of my delightful characters. She loved it and would burst out into cascades of laughter. Once I retired, I thought that I could write a book. That led to "The Misadventures of Sister Mary Olga Fortitude" which was soon followed by Babes and a host of other books waiting to be published.

Listeners of the interview will find out how the books will entertain them if they have an open mind. While the books speak to a few specific audiences, it has been highly reviewed by a cross section of diverse readers who have said they couldn't wait for more. Fortunately, they won't have to wait long for the other books to be published.

I spoke of a few zany scenarios from my book. There's the story of Baby Burpee and Junior Rathbone who get married by reenacting their first meeting on the shores of the mighty Mississippi. There, in nothing but their birthday suits, they part the waters of the great river with their mammoth forms. This almost catapults the preacher off the swimming float where the ceremony is going to take place.

Then there's the story of little Fartley Dinkledorf who gets a thrashing from Lula Mae Bunsaplenty when the little pooper covers her shrubbery in a most foul manner. The little boy couldn't help it because a mischievous classmate had given him a chocolate bar that was a laxative.

The African American woman with an attitude was further unamused when her paramour gave her an ultimatum to apologize to the boy. Having first incurred a indignant caning by Fartley's great grandfather, she takes off in a huff. The question remains as to whether she will ever return to Dinkledorf Drive in Bucksnort.

I was able to talk about the nuggets of spiritual wisdom in the book, dispensed by Sister Mary Olga in her Advanced Holiness classes. While Sister Mary Olga doesn't always agree with the pope, she preaches and practices the Golden Rule – to do unto others as you would like them to do unto yourselves.

I was further able to tell how the readers might get to learn about themselves through the antics and very human aspects of my characters. It takes one to know one. Just beware of what you might find out about yourselves. Don't worry, it will help you embrace your humanity once you realize that you are only human too.

I was especially grateful to be able to talk about the opportunities for recovery for alcoholics and sex addicts who might be part of the listening audience. As is the case with my characters, many people suffer from these addictions and help is available. The bottom line is that the books will help people to look at themselves and life without taking themselves too seriously. Take your own delightful joy ride to Bucksnort and see for yourselves. You won't regret a side-splitting moment.

Author Interview Held By Christian Avalon of Tartarus Radio ( a GLBT station)

Click Link to hear the interview: and the Inteview appears in the player under Textual Voices, ep 1: Interview with David Cowdery (Front Page of Website)

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