Get Ready to Laugh: Lindsey Brookes on Hick Lit
Posted by Trish Milburn Jul 27 2012, 12:03 am
Yeah, you read that title right — hick lit. Lindsey Brookes’ new book, Jimmie Joe Johnson: Manwhore, debuted earlier this month, and if you’re looking for a hilarious read then you’re in luck. I’m happy to host my faboo friend Lindsey today. Give her a big ol’ Bandit Lair howdy!
Jimmie Joe Johnson: Manwhore — now that’s a title that has to have a story behind it. Do tell.
Lindsey: Jimmie Joe comes from a long line of ‘hound dogs’. His granddaddy, his daddy, and now Jimmie Joe. It’s ‘g-netic’. Or so he thinks. But one sexy, sassy female named Baylee Jean Brown is about to prove to Jimmie Joe there’s only one female for him.
You’re marketing this as hick lit? Umm, is that what it sounds like?
As ‘hick’ as it comes. Set in Possum Hollow, Alabama with a cast of sassy, southern characters guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. There’s big trucks, drinkin’, diddlin’ (a.k.a. redneck sex), shootin’ pool, more beer, more diddlin’, fallin’ in love, and a touch of magic.
I hear you had quite the fun launch party recently. Tell us about it.
I wanted to celebrate the upcoming launch of Jimmie Joe Johnson: Manwhore, and I wanted to do it ‘redneck’ style. So I invited all my friends and family, telling them to ‘dress down’ for the festivities. A lot of them came dressed like the characters in my story. I loved it! I rented a life-size fake cow with 4 udders, 2 benches and 2 buckets that my guests could actually milk and have milk-offs. We had a potato gun (a homemade potato launcher) which shot the taters really high up into the air. Several of the kids at the party waited in a nearby field with ball gloves to catch the veggie missiles. I served several of my ‘redneck’ dishes under toilet seats (new ones, of course). And there was a toilet with a potted plant in it, an old bowling ball, and a plastic flamingo garnishing my front yard lamp post. We had ‘redneck’ laundry hanging out on a clothelines complete with long johns, ornery t-shirts, and faux roadkill. Tables were decorated with ‘Billy Bob’ teeth and beer bottles with flowers in them. I took tons of pics. You can see the fun in my Facebook picture album.
Where did you get the inspiration for this story?
It started as a joke. I wrote several silly redneck scenes to entertain my friends from Writers at Play. They loved them and kept asking for more. Then my good friend, Janice Lynn, told my agent, Michelle Grajkowski from 3 Seas Literary Agency, about it. She had me send it to her to read. I did. She loved it and sent it (unfinished) to several editors who also loved it but didn’t know what to do with it. (That’s what happens when you start your own genre <g>.) But Alicia Condon never gave up on finding a place for Jimmie Joe. When Kensington decided to start an e-book line, she contacted Michelle to see if I’d be interested in having Jimmie Joe Johnson: Manwhore be one of the launch books for their new line. I jumped at the opportunity. Alicia is wonderful editor to work with. Oh, and the characters are loosely based on my own pool team which made it to Las Vegas one year. What a blast that was. I gave all Jimmie Joe’s friends/pool teammates my team’s nicknames. Yes, there really is a T-Bone, a Marcus Erectus, etc. And they are every bit as nutty as Jimmie Joe’s friends.
Is this book part of a series? If so, what can readers look forward to next?
Yes. Kensington is wanting two more books in the Possum Hollow Series. I’m working on the second book now. It’s Skeeter (Jimmie Joe’s best friend) and Randi Lynn’s (Baylee Jean’s younger sister) story. All the same wacky characters return with a few more added to the mix.
Lindsey’s question for the Romance Bandits and Bandit Buddies (aka everyone reading this): Rednecks have some really fun nicknames. I’m always looking for more. Can you suggest some fun redneck names of your own? They might even end up in a future Possum Hollow story! One lucky commenter will receive an adorable possum mirror for your purse along with a Possum Hollow pen, button and a Jimmie Joe Johnson: Manwhore bookmark.
To learn more about Lindsey and her books, visit her website.