Lexi George on Writing Funny–Even When Life Isn’t (and #Win!)

I always love having fellow authors on the blog, but today’s especially awesome because Lexi George is here to celebrate her new book Demon Hunting With a Dixie Deb. Not only is Lexi an extremely talented writer, a very funny and smart woman, but also a friend. Not the “I chat with her on Facebook” kind of friend but the kind who actually lives nearby. Oh, the bitch-session emails we have had!

I first met Lexi about five years ago when some wise soul paired us to co-sponsor a table at the Southern Magic RWA Luncheon. Now we each have our own tables but we still have time to conspire about a collaboration. We’re two or three chapters into a co-authored book that we shall, one of these days, finish, barring the Second Coming or the zombie apocalypse.

But in the meantime, enjoy Lexi and her wonderful sense of humor. ’Cause we grow ’em funny here in Alabama. (And read on for a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!)

ABOUT LEXI: Lexi George writes snarky, Southern-fried paranormal romance for Kensington. Her debut novel, Demon Hunting in Dixie, was released in 2011, and a novella and two more demon hunter books followed. Demon Hunting in a Dive Bar, the third book in the series, was nominated for a RITA in 2014. The fourth book, Demon Hunting With a Dixie Deb, is due to be released May 24, 2016. Lexi enjoys reading and writing romance, but her first love is fantasy. A Meddle of Wizards is the story of Raine Stewart, a sheltered, sickly young woman who comes into her own when she’s transported to a magical world, discovers her burgeoning powers as an adept, and faces the evil wizard who killed her parents.

Lexi’s day job as an appellate attorney requires reading transcripts filled with murder, mayhem, and worse. Perhaps this is why she enjoys stories filled with humor, action, adventure, and magical creatures. She has a violent aversion to sad movies, having been scarred by Old Yeller at the age of nine. She drinks tea, not coffee, and has never seen The Exorcist because she is a world-class chicken. She is the third of four children, with all the attendant neuroses.

Find Lexi on her website, on Twitter, and on Facebook.

demonABOUT DEMON HUNTING WITH A DIXIE DEB: Deep South legends. Deep fried curses. Deep dish revenge . . .This Debutante Is Having A Ball! Way down south in the land of cotton, one belle’s plans are soon forgotten–when Sassy Peterson drives her Maserati off the road to avoid a deer and lands smack-dab in the proverbial creek without a paddle. The Alabama heiress should have known something weird was going on when she saw the deer’s ginormous fangs. Hello, Predator Bambi!…..But nothing can prepare her for the leather-clad, muscle-bound, golden-eyed sex god who rescues her. Who wears leather in May? That’s just the first of many questions Sassy has when her savior reveals he’s a demon hunter named Grim. Also: Why would a troop of fairies want to give her magical powers and rainbow hair? Why would a style-challenged beast called the Howling Hag want to hunt her down?…..Most importantly, what’s a nice debutante like Sassy doing in a place like this anyway? Besides feeling Grim . . .

You can find the book at: Amazon  iTunes    Google    Kobo    Nook

And now, here’s Lexi!

Southern Eccentrics: Writing Funny When Life Isn’t

Lexi George

I had to smile when I saw the title of this blog post. Ah, Madame Johnson, you know me too well!

Hi, I’m Lexi George, and I write funny. Or, at least, I hope I do. But, as the title of this post suggests, life isn’t always funny. So, why humor?

Because.

Because my day job involves the ugly underbelly of mankind. I’m a criminal appellate lawyer for a large state agency, a prosecutor on paper. That means I spend my days reading criminal transcripts that set out, in graphic detail, the various, inventive, and extremely rude things humans do to one another. Humor is a coping mechanism that keeps me sane.

Because my dad was a very funny guy. When a young cousin of mine died and we were left sweltering in a hot car outside the funeral home while the grieving mother said her last goodbyes over the casket, my daddy quipped, “When I die, shove a hambone up my ass and let the dogs drag me off.”

(Turns out, Daddy didn’t get that funeral. We couldn’t afford it. He was a big guy, and three-dog funerals are pricey. We cremated him, instead, and threw ink pens into the hole when we buried his ashes. But, that’s another story . . .)

Because I was a tall, skinny, awkward teenager with big feet and glasses. Think Olive Oyl from Popeye with pale skin and dirty-blond hair. Humor was my way of fitting in. If I laughed at myself, that was okay. Far better to make the joke than be the joke.

Because Southerners are funny people and I was raised Southern. We talk funny, slow and sweet, like caramel, and we have a funny way of looking at things, and an encyclopedia of funny expressions. Southerners are highly descriptive and full of wise sayings. We can’t just say somebody’s ugly. We say, “She’s uglier ʼn a mud fence daubed with lizards.” We don’t say someone lacks intelligence. We say, “He’s dumber ʼn a bag of frog turds.” Southerners can’t get right to the point. Language is the point, and ours is rich and colorful, and ever-changing. We don’t talk. We sing, slow and syrupy, our voices caressing each word and drawing it out, taking a one-syllable word and making it into a sonnet. “Damn,” becomes day-yumm. “Lord,” becomes Low-ward-duh, and “hell”, becomes hay-yull. And don’t even get me started on the “S” word. That one goes on for days.

I tried to write dark and angsty. I really did. When I sat down to write Demon Hunting in Dixie, the first book in the demon hunter series, I thought it was going to be a different book, brooding and dramatic. Gothic, even. Dark Encounter was the original name. Hoo boy, talk about your epic fails. When the dog starting talking, I knew I was toast.

Humor took a backseat to life in 2013, when I went through a divorce. I had started Demon Hunting with a Dixie Deb. Having worried myself to a frazzle over book three, I was excited about book four. This one was going to be a piece of cake. Easy. Lighthearted. The words were going to flow. A few chapters in, my life imploded, and I became the poster child for the writer no one wants to be, the one who misses her deadline. By, like, a year and four months. The writing stopped and the muse went to Albuquerque. For a while there, I didn’t think she was going to come back. When she did slink home, she was bloated and sulky, and her tail feathers were dragging. To this day, I don’t know what she did in Albuquerque, but whatever it was made her cranky as . . . well, as hay-yull.

We finished the book, by the hardest, and I found my laugh track again.

See why she’s kinda my hero? I too tried to write angsty with my Sentinels series—it was about Hurricane Katrina, for goodness’ sake. But the funny just won’t contain itself. So we laugh.

Although Lexi will be off during the day dealing with legal mayhem, please leave questions or comments. In addition to entering for the gift card Rafflecopter giveaway below, I’ll provide one commenter with a choice of one of the earlier books in the Demon Hunting series. I’ll even get it signed!

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53 thoughts on “Lexi George on Writing Funny–Even When Life Isn’t (and #Win!)

  1. oh i love it!! Since you made me discover demon Hunting in Dixie i’ve been a fan and i laughed a lot ( which i’m in deep need lately) and i definitively want to discover this new book
    thank you a lot for this blog post Lexi!

    • Thanks for the rush. That’s what I feel every time someone tells me, “Hey, I read your book.” It’s a thrill and terrifying, all at the same time. I think humor is highly underrated. Hope Demon Hunting with a Dixie Deb gives you a chuckle!

    • Yay, Debby! I like it to. I came to me one day walking to my car after work. I’d actually started another book, but when the Dixie Deb title came to mind, I knew I had to write that book next.

  2. I also discovered Lexi here on Preternatura. I have Demon Hunting with a Dixie Deb pre-ordered. You two need to get on that collaboration.

    • I am a complete and total Suzanne fan girl. She is the best! I really hope we get to finish that novella one of these days. Should be fun! Thanks for preordering. Fingers crossed it makes you laugh!

  3. Well, tres cool…another author to keep me laughing…must go order some books!! Suzanne and Lexi….go thee to the writing desk and finish your book!

    • Thanks, Suzanne. Madam Johnson is so talented and prolific, it’s like trying to hang on to the tail of a comet! And I work and other boring life stuff, but I hope we finish that story together one day!

      • Ah, Sue and Roger, we’ll definitely get it done one of these days. The stars will align and there we’ll be, writing mad characters doing mad things (probably in some crazy place like Alabama)!

          • People always fantasize about what they would do if they won millions in a lottery. I would subsidize my favorite authors, give creativity grants and say, ok, you can pay your bills and feed your families, get writing! I’m fine with a modest lifestyle. Recent history is full of stories of big money winners buying all this expensive stuff and ending up in a worse place than they started. I’d pay someone else to do my chores, but other than that, I’d go for what I really want in life – more good books!

          • Pattie, I dream of being able to retire and write full time. Alas, I cannot! I have a kid in college and bills to pay. Maybe one day . . . I must say, you are my kind of reader, willing to spend your winnings on your favorite writers. Ah-mazing, girl!

  4. Paranormal, romance and, most important, humor – Lexi George is on my radar. Thanks for introducing us to another awesome author!

    • Hey, Jane! Thanks for stopping by. I am always thrilled when people say they like funny, cause that’s what I write. It’s always a pleasure to be here. Suzanne is a great hostess.

  5. I was so happy to see that another Demon Hunting book was coming out as I thought that series was finished. I remember downloading a sample of the first book with absolutely no expectations and then being so entertained by the writing that I just had to buy it. Sorry to hear that you were experiencing personal difficulties the last couple of years but it’s great that you’ve worked through them and are writing again. Best wishes on the new release.

  6. This series sounds like something I will love. I’ve been in mourning since Kimberly Frost ended her Southern Witch series. Sassy southern heroines are my favorite. (Hello, DJ)!

    • Guess what? The heroine’s name in book for IS Sassy! She was a challenge to write, given my personal circumstances, because she is terminally perky and upbeat, but I love her sparkly personality, and the fact that she sees the best in people. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Many, many thanks, Suzanne for having me as a guest. You are one of the most generous people I know, always ready to lend a shoulder and an encouraging word. You have a wealth of knowledge that you don’t hesitate to share, and you are my hero. I am AMAZED by your talent, your zany sense of humor, and your work ethic. You’ve talked me down off the ledge more than once. Thank you again for being my friend.

  8. I’ve been reading this series since it first came out and love them sooo much. Cute sexy and fun! Thanks for sharing with us today.

  9. I’ve read the first couple of books in this series but didn’t realize she had a new one out. It’s a funny series.

  10. I enjoyed Demon Hunting in Dixie and look forward to reading the other books in the series. Love your sense of humor! Who are some of your favorite authors and how have they inspired your writing?

    • Good question, book lady! In romance, Georgette Heyer has been a HUGE influence on me. Amanda Quick, Julia Quinn, Julia Spencer Fleming, Mary Balogg, and Lisa Kleypas are a few of my favs. Right now, I’m rereading Loretto Chase’s Lord of Scoundrels. Le sigh. It always gets me!
      In fantasy, I’m a huge Harry Potter nut, I am blown away by Martin’s Game of Thrones, and I adore The Hobbit.
      In urban fantasy, our sublime hostess tops the list, along with Kevin Hearne and Charlaine Harris. I also enjoy Janet Evanovich, although I am behind on Stephanie Plum. The last one I read was 16, I think.

  11. Humor has long been a coping mechanism for me, as well. But when I can’t find my sense of humor on my own, I am so grateful to read something that can make me laugh, again.

    • I know what you mean, Lil. Good books are like comfort food. Whenever I’m in the dumps, I pull out one of my favorites to cheer me up. I think humor is a coping mechanism for many people. I know it is for me!

  12. These books look really fun, and I’ve had them on my TBR list for a long time. I’m really going to have to move them up on my list!

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