Today’s book promotion comes from Norm Spitzig and his book called Soul on Nice. If you like humor novels, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!
Book: Soul on Nice
Author: Norm Spitzig
Genre: Humor/Golf Club Life/Political Satire/Travel
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
Format: Paperback & ebook
Released: August 7, 2013
Soul on Nice chronicles the latest and greatest adventures of the Old Bunbury Golf Links & Reading Club’s waitress extraordinaire Esther, the highly eccentric but undeniably lovable protagonist of his previous epic works. This time Norm’s scintillating tale is truly global in scope, with Esther opening the novel zooming her merry old way to beautiful New Zealand. This titanic clash between good and evil is part playful and evocative travelogue, part staunch conservative manifesto, part clever and poignant mystery, part whimsical exposéof the madcap world of private clubs, and alltreasure trove of quirky good cheer. While anyone with a decent sense of humor will surely love Norm’s latest story, readers who also understand and appreciate the fascinating world of private golf clubs will be doubly pleased.
Buy from Amazon: Here
The best thing about writing this book?
Private golf clubs (the background setting and recurrent underlying theme permeating Soul on Nice as well as my previous three books – Private Clubs in America and around the World, Murder and Mayhem at Old Bunbury, and How Now, Norm’s Tao) are inextricably woven into the very fabric of America’s history, traditions and culture–and for that matter, those histories, traditions and cultures of ALL free societies around the world. However, despite all the good they do, private clubs and golf are often misunderstood, unappreciated, and even denigrated by the public at large. Soul on Nice is my latest attempt to rectify this unfortunate situation in a clever and humorous manner.”
Where did you get your idea for this story?
I consider my writing a success if I can make my readers laugh and also use my stories as a method of teaching. As sex expert Dr. Ruth Westheimer once said, “A lesson taught with humor is a lesson retained.” Accordingly, my first book, Private Clubs in America and around the World, is a very sarcastic (and, I like to think, perceptively accurate and knee-slappingly funny) look into the wonderful and unique world of private golf clubs.
In my “day” job (as a Principal and Senior Partner of Master Club Advisors) I have the honor and privilege of working with hundreds of fine private club owners, boards of directors, and senior managers both here in the United States and all around the world on assorted operational and governance issues. Let’s just say that not everyone I work with “gets it.” Private Clubs in America and around the World was my first attempt to use humor and sarcasm as an enjoyable, easy-to-understand teaching tool for implementing appropriate improvements to one’s private club. I am proud to say that the book, now over four years old, continues to sell well, so I must have gotten something right!
All that is a roundabout way of say that all four of my books – including my latest, Soul on Nice – are inspired attempts to teach people the truth about the wonderful world of private clubs in a manner that also makes them laugh.
What would you tell aspiring writers out there?
At the risk of sounding pretentious, I do have a few suggestions that have worked particularly well for me. First, I think it is essential that all writers write only about what they know and love. Otherwise the task becomes an unwanted, near dreaded, assignment. Ugh! Second, I think it works best, once one has settled on a general topic or theme, to just to sit down at the old computer and start banging out the words. The first draft is just that—a draft. Oftentimes there are nuggets of literary gold in one’s first efforts that, over time, can and will be duly massaged and polished into something truly worth reading. Third, make sure you hire a proven professional to edit your manuscript. A plethora of grammatical and syntactical mistakes will drive most any potential reader to drink.
What is your favorite book?
It’s certainly been an eclectic group of writers that I have enjoyed and emulated over the years. In my latest four books I pay special tribute to the literary genius of Richard Brautigan, the talented but troubled author of the novella Trout Fishing in America – his subtly comical and occasionally scathing critique of mainstream American culture and values (or lack thereof) -by purposely making the very last word of each tale “mayonnaise.” (Richard Brautigan did the same in Trout Fishing in America.) This is harder to do – at least without sounding totally arbitrary or just plain stupid – than one might think.
And then there is Oscar Wilde. How can one not like The Important of Being Earnest, one of the greatest works of social satire, double (and sometimes triple) entendre, and clever wordplay ever penned? I also enjoy the biting sarcasm of Nelson DeMille’s John Corey, the charismatic intellect of John LeCarre’s George Smiley, and the irreverent wit of Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch. (I wonder if these three literary giants like my books. Hmmm…)
Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate?
Chardonnay. Ha (Okay, coffee in the early morning, the time I think and write best!)
Anything else you wanted to add?
In recent years, I have re-discovered the critical importance of being active politically. I sense that more and more Americans of late have similarly awakened from their stupor of naiveté toward and/or purposeful avoidance of politics—a good thing, to be sure. (As Plato so wisely observed over two millennia ago, “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”)
We have become so bitterly divided politically that those original core principles that I personally believe have made America the greatest country in the history of the world, bar none (e.g., determined self–sufficiency, cocky self–reliance, rugged individualism, and minimal government interference in the lives of its citizenry) are under full–blown attack, both internally and from beyond our (woefully unguarded) borders.
Factual knowledge of American history and the accompanying pride in our country’s many great accomplishments and contributions to humankind seem to have been conveniently forgotten or, worse yet, purposefully dismissed by a world of political correctness. Rational, hardworking, and patriotic American citizens can no longer sit idly by while our rights and freedoms, as set forth in the United States Constitution, are systematically assaulted on all fronts.
I believe it is our moral right as well as our civic duty, no matter our varying political persuasions, to become actively involved in regaining control, actively monitoring, and significantly reducing the size and influence of all levels of government. By so doing, we substantially increase our chances of preserving all that is uniquely good in America as well as making continuing reasonable (and well-reasoned) improvements to our collective lives consistent with those core principles so superbly enumerated and forever preserved in our landmark Constitution.
I want to thank Norm Spitzig for allowing me to promote his book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read Soul on Nice!