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Fairy Tale Lies (Opposites Attract) By: DK Marie

Johnny- Thank you for taking the time to talking to me today, I’m in love with your book Fairy Tale Lies,  I’m also a huge fan of your Twitter poetry and IG poetry reading, if you could only pick one to describe yourself, would you call yourself  a writer or a poet?

DK- A writer. I’ve been writing books for a few years now, whereas poetry is much newer to me. I’m more confident and comfortable as a writer. However, I find poetry very rewarding and inspiring. Mine focuses solely on emotions, and it allows me to either release pent-up feelings or to use them to motivate them to fuel my daily writing. In fact, each morning, I begin with poetry to get the creative juices flowing, then switch to my WIP. (Work in Process book).

Johnny- I’m currently reading Love Songs (not wanting to give any spoiler away) but, it about a rock and roll band and relationship between the singer and lead guitarist, your description of the members of the band and normal tension that exist in that element is pretty spot on, now when I read Fairy Tale Lies, your dealing in a corporate world, once again, spot on, my question is do you have past or current experience in the either of these or was it just well researched?

DK-Some are from experience, most from meticulous research and asking knowledgeable people. For example, in Love Songs, I had two musicians read it to help with mistakes. I also contacted a CPA to make sure those scenes in that book were accurate.

With Fairy Tale Lies, the research was less as their careers were more in the background of the story and also similar to my own. With FTL, my research focus was more on location accuracy. Petite Bois was fictional, but the rest of the places are real, located in Michigan, and I wanted everything to be accurate. That research was fun. Letting me revisit places I’ve been to, but focusing more on surrounding, small details.

Johnny- I’d like to talk poetry for a moment, I’ve read some of your poems that deal with human interaction and sexuality, I’ve also read some that are just as desirable dealing with nature and other thought-provoking notions, what inspires the Poet inside of you?

DK- Emotions and people inspire me. Sometimes the feelings and thoughts are my own; other times, I gather them from strangers, loved ones, music, and even places.

Johnny- How many books have you published?

Dk- Two, with another one coming out in July. (The third book of the Opposites Attract Series)

Johnny- Do you have any off-limit topics that you just refuse to write about?

DK- Nope. Stories allow us to explore any topic we wish. Either to be entertained, to live vicariously through them, or to learn about new and different experiences. I don’t want to be closed off to anything.  Also, for me, I never have an issue with any topic, but do in how it’s presented.

For example, in a few of my books, drug addiction plays a minor (and major one, in an upcoming book) role in the story. I’ve read books where it’s treated as a fun game without consequences, or worse that those who become addicts are weak and just need to “man-up.” See, as a topic, it should be explored. It is prevalent in our society, and many readers would relate or want to understand the struggles. As such, treating it like a simple bad habit or a conflict easy to overcome is a disservice to the reader. If an author is going to tackle a serious or taboo issue, they should make sure they understand their topic (and do their research first).

Johnny- At what age did you first discover that you wanted to be a writer?

DK- It was recent, in the last five to seven years. I’ve always loved to read but didn’t think I’d be able to write a whole book from start to finish. I gave it a try and wrote a complete story in about a month (It was awful, drowning in adverbs and plot holes, but I could do it. From there, I immersed myself in writing and improving my craft, writing Fairy Tale Lies). 

Johnny – Where do you draw your inspiration from?

DK – Everywhere. However, my stories and music are the biggest ones. When I say my stories, I mean the characters in them. For example, as I wrote Fairy Tale Lies, the secondary characters became more alive and demanded their stories. Tanner’s quiet, internal struggle begged to be told, so I did and wrote Love Songs. 

As for music, songs help set the tone of my writing (both novels and poetry). I also hear stories in the lyrics and melodies. For instance, the idea for the third book was born when I was idly listening to music. Before then, I knew I wanted to write Will’s story (Jacob’s brother from Fairy Tale Lies), but hearing this particular song gave me a burst of inspiration and a rough idea on how to do it.

Johnny- What are you doing during this covid-19 era we are experiencing? Are you self-quarantining?

DK- Cases are rapidly on the rise in Michigan. I don’t want to become part of the problem, so, yes, I am self-quarantining. To keep the stress of uncertainty at bay, I’m doing lots of reading and writing. Both keep me very busy and stop me from going stir-crazy. I also have plenty of projects at home to keep me occupied and a camera by my side for walks around the neighborhood and parks within driving distance.

Johnny- What is your biggest take away from this corvid-19 situation we are in?

DK – Since we are still going through it, it’s hard to say. I guess, enjoy the simple moments. The joy of reading a good book, or watching spring bloom as we take solitary walks (or with our families). Also, and most importantly, plan for the long term, but don’t forget to enjoy today, because who-the-hell knows what tomorrow will bring. 

Johnny – What have you got planned for future projects? Anything in the works?

DK – I have a few things in the works. As mentioned above, I have the third book of the Opposites Attract series coming out in July. I’ve also finished the fourth story, and it releases sometime in the start of 2021. 

As for future projects, I’m writing a loose outline for a new series and have begun character development for the first book. Once I have most of that written, I would love to write a romantic suspense. I actually have most of the outline for it written. It was a fun experiment I’d tried on Twitter in 2019. Every day that year, I wrote a small flash-fiction piece of the story, each day moving it along, but at the end of December 31, 2019, I had my three main characters, most of the conflict, and eighty percent of the story. Now those characters are demanding center stage, and I can’t wait to give it to them.

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REVIEW

FAIRY TALE LIES

What a pleasant surprise this book had turned out to be.

If you like well written romance with a good story line and interesting characters then you need to look no further. DK Marie does everything right in her debut novel, Fairy Tale Lies. Having recently started reading romance this book would have been enough to get anyone addicted to the genre.

Filled with sexy people, relatable relationships, and real world connection her narrative never slips, when the steam is turned up the sex scenes are enough to leave a body aching for relief.

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There was a moment when I had first started reading this book that I realized that this was as refreshing to me as my favorite television program, there was no effort absorbing the situation as the chapters opened up before my eyes, when an introduction was made I felt as though I have known the person already. It was just a pure joy to be living in the moment of this romantic adventure.

I’m giving Fairy Tale Lies 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars as well as 5 stars to this amazing author, DK Marie.

Highly recommend this book to anyone not afraid of a little heat, but desires to be left a little bothered and craving more. A debut novel from an amazing woman, poet, and writer who has a voice and is not afraid to use it. I loved it!

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LOVE SONGS

Just finished book two of DK Marie’s Opposites Attract series and before I get started please let me say that I’m relatively new to reading romance novels and I was a little nervous starting Love Songs right after finishing Fairy Tale Lies. Well… shame on me.

What I carelessly forgot was DK Marie is an amazing writer and her story telling abilities greatly surpasses a single genre.

I’m in awe by her abilities…

Entering this world I felt the energy, tension, and passion of a rock and roll band. The descriptive narrative pulled me in while the chemistry penned out before my eyes silently stole my heart.❤ Desirable dialogue along with a well structured characters did everything right to sell me on this book, believable situations matched the day to day challenges facing a touring band and when the chemistry was right DK brought out the flame thrower with sex that is guaranteed to make you ache, (in all the good ways).

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I’m giving Love Songs 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars, it’s gritty, sexy and full of passion, most of all it was fun to read.

DK Marie is a total class act, her writing has made me a fan for life, I am so excited to see what the future holds from this amazing individual!

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Amy Lyle

The Amy Binegar-Kimmes-Lyle Book of Failures

A Funny Memoir of Missteps, Inadequacies, and Faux Pas

Comedy is surprises, so if you're intending to make somebody laugh and they don't laugh, that's funny. -Norm MacDonald

Johnny– Amy Lyle is an author, comedienne, actor, and screenwriter, in her spare time she’s married and a mother to 4, (are you kidding me)! That is absurd, (lol), (other than finding short titles for your books), how do you find time to do anything? Is your whole day pretty much a scheduled routine?

Amy– YES! Two of the four kids are in college now and the two at home drive so it is getting much more manageable. I try to get most of my work done during the day. My husband is a fabulous cook, so we try to get all of us together as much as possible for dinners.

Johnny– With everything going on in your busy world, what do you do to keep yourself grounded?

Amy– I grew up in Appalachia, and when I’ve done independent films, my compensation was tacos, I’m pretty grounded.

Johnny- You have a very comedic outlook towards life, how does that affect you as a parent? 

Amy– People are often shocked that I’m so silly yet so strict (as a parent). I think they see that everything, given enough time, can be funny. We have been lucky that they have never taken themselves too seriously and have a “this too shall pass, and my mom will tell this story in a stand-up routine within six months” attitude. 

Johnny– That’s awesome, do they ever make suggestions to you about adding something into your stand-up routine?

Amy– Yes. They text me stories all the time, normally about their siblings.

Johnny– Did your parents have a sense of humor?

Amy– No. 

Johnny– What was your parents’ reaction when you went into comedy?

Amy– My mother was mortified that I was “airing my dirty laundry.” When I told my dad that I was co-hosting a tv show, he said, “Interesting. Have you guys had any rain there?”

Johnny– Do your kids think your funny?

Amy– It depends on the day.

Johnny– Are any of them planning on following in your footsteps?

Amy– Not to my knowledge.

People are often shocked that I’m so silly yet so strict (as a parent).

Johnny– How important of a role does social media play, with your career?

Amy– I don’t have any proof, but I do think social media has helped me land speaking engagements, film roles and sell a lot of books. I rarely pay for paid advertising, other than on Amazon for my books, so the social media must be helping.

Johnny– Do you have plans on increasing your presence YouTube?

Amy– I would love to increase my YouTube presence, I think I only have 9 followers. 

Johnny– This book reads different than most memoirs, did you write your chapters as skits? 

Amy– That is an interesting observation. People have left reviews stating that my books read like SNL skits.  I was a screenwriter and a stand- up comic before becoming an author so I have been trained that if you can say something in 5 words, do not use six. I try to get to the point quickly. I did have a firm ask me if they could turn The Book of Failures into a sitcom or film. I replied to their email in less than five seconds and have not heard back from them since. So, no. I did not set out to write the chapters as skits but it seems as if they have that flavor. 

Johnny– When I’d first started read your book, I was thinking you had written it with an essay format, then I watched one of your stand-ups on YouTube, that kind of tweaked my thought process and pushed me towards skits, is auditioning for SNL a dream of yours?

Amy– Only every waking moment.

Johnny– This book is brutally honest, and honestly that is one of the reasons it’s so appealing to me, (it actually helped me with issues that I have). When you wrote this, did you realize or intend for this to be a self-help book also?

Amy– I did not. I wrote the book because of a Hollywood attorney rejected me as a client because I was a nobody that did not have any money or know anyone. He told me to write a book and get lots of press. Immediately my thoughts went to, “I have had a lot of failures, I could write about those.” In hindsight, and in writing my second book, I DID realize the healing power of sharing your worst moments. People were writing to me saying how they had felt so much shame for getting fired, or dumped in a relationship when really, all of these terrible things that happen to us just get us to where we need to be. I’m not saying it is easy. I cried in the bathtub every night for a year after my husband divorced me. But now, (over a decade later) I see that our time together was not wasted, we just wanted different things.  

I wrote the book because of a Hollywood attorney rejected me

Johnny– You mention early on in your book that you have issues, one of them is pronunciation, how does that affect when you are writing and performing your Stand Up?

Amy– I write my own stand-up so I keep the GRE words for print use only.

 Johnny– After I read this I went and purchased it on Audible, was this the reason you didn’t narrate your book?

Amy– I tried to record it on my own, but I sounded like a second grader and telling a story is different than reading a story.

Johnny– When did you first know, or make the decision, that you wanted to be a stand-up comedienne? Was this something you wanted to do since you were little?

Amy– My parents were strict German protestants that reminded my sister and me how very un-special we were since our births. They did this by saying, “Remember you are not special.” Comedy was a survival tactic for us. We used to put on complete “Late Night Comedy Shows” in our basement for our friends. They were a combination of imitating our parents, lip-synching to Barbara Mandrel, and roller skating to the soundtrack of Grease.

Johnny– Do you think that being raised by strict parents triggered you to be as focused or determined as you are now?  You seem to be pretty thick skinned.

Amy– I do not know anyone with thicker skin than authors, comedians and salespeople and I’m all three. I pick on my parents frequently, but I have to admit that they both have incredible work ethics.

Johnny– Let’s talk about your “unconscious zone” you wrote about an improv performance during a class you took, it happened, and “was appreciated by the audience but I was mortified by exposing what I suppose is my dark side.” Why were you mortified by this? 

Amy– People that perform improv well are geniuses. I can write stand-up, books and screenplays because I can rework it, again and again, there’s no such luxury in improv. I do think improv can be studied and practiced; your mind would adapt to the medium. I have only taken one class and did one performance.  And as you know, I was humiliated by what was flying out of my mouth- complete storylines about STD’s and little people.  Improv is not for me.

Johnny– Is improv important for a stand-up comic? (It seems like it would be if there was a heckler in the audience.) 

Amy– I love Paula Poundstone, she’s able to work the crowd really, really well on the fly. However, now that I have seen her perform several times, I have noticed that even her “on the fly” has tried and true jokes. It’s interesting, every comic must address hecklers and such, but each performer seems to handle them in their own way, which is the same way, every time.

Johnny– Have you ever been heckled?

Amy– Only by my teenage children that were sitting in the front row at The Basement Theater when I was telling a joke about them.  The audience was shocked when I said, “All of those people (pointing them out) are my children,” The kids and the audience loved it.

Johnny– There was an incident that happened with your friend Shannon at Chipotle, by far one of the funniest scenarios I’ve ever read, how did you not just laugh-your-ass-off when that happened to your friend? Or did you?

Amy– I checked to make sure she was breathing and then laughed.

Johnny– Not to be a spoiler, but when she goes to refill her drink, the Russian Businessmen cleaning their ties… To steal a line from Kenny Bania “that’s gold, Amy… Gold!” Now the screen writer in you has got to be salivating over the possibilities of what you can do with that?

Amy– I’m so thrilled that you were able to “see” that story in your head. I would love to make my books into films or sitcoms. 

What does not kill us will eventually make us laugh

Johnny– Using your philosophy, “everything, given enough time, can be funny” is there an exception to that? Take away human suffering, death, misery, etc… let’s say, there’s a situation that happens with friend or family, even though no physical harm occurred, just great embarrassment, would this be off limits to you to use as part of  your material, even though you know it’s comedy gold? 

Amy– Nothing is off limits. Think of it as “What does not kill us will eventually make us laugh.” I’m don’t do insult comedy so I’m not offending people on purpose, I just prefer more self- deprecating bits.

Johnny– You had said earlier you love Paula Poundstone, is she your favorite stand-up comedian? (If not who?)

Amy– I cannot pick just one. What is incredibly crazy to me is that many of the stand-up comedians, and comedians in general, that I love have bestselling books on Amazon and are next to my books. The list includes Tina Fey, Kevin Hart, Jim Gaffigan, Paula Poundstone, Trevor Noah, Mindy Kaling, Carol Burnett and Betty White, to mention a few. A few days ago, all of the “Amy’s” were lined up in a row on Amazon’s bestselling Humor & Entertainment books; Amy Schumer, Amy Lyle and Amy Poehler- that was a very good day.

Johnny– I bet it was. You deserve it Amy! Thank you for taking this time to talk with me, I’ve really enjoyed this time together.

REVIEW

Every so often you come across a book that will literally make you “laugh out loud” Amy’s Book of Failures had done that to me, at 4am.

This book is laugh packed and a fun read. It was created out of a rejection, turning a negative situation into a positive result. From this result I find it hard to believe that Amy will do nothing but succeed.

Written as a memoir Amy is brutally honest. She truly embraces her own philosophy of: “what doesn’t kill us will eventually make us laugh” and goes for it. Her light heart spirited approach to current life situation has become an inspiration to many, myself included.

Written in a different format than most memoirs, (another advantage Amy has going for herself), her narrative flow across the pages as a witty satire, allowing the readers an escape, as the scenes play out before them. Her refreshing style is a sheer delight.  

Never taking herself too seriously Amy reveals to us that we should never be so critical about our lives that we forget that sometimes, it’s alright to laugh. If recognizing and exposing our flaws only makes us stronger, she’s Hercules on steroids. If your talented and creative enough, it makes an interesting memoir. Great job Amy, I’m a fan!

BEWARE: VERY FUNNY LADY AHEAD!

I’m given Book of Failures 5 stars on Amazon and Goodreads for creativity, originality and plain AWESOMENESS.

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Now read her book: The Amy Bingar-Kimmes-Lyle Book of Failures

Fresh and amazingly funny. Check her out for yourself.

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