A Little Bit of Comic Relief by Wendy H. Jones

Type 'quotes on laughter' into a google search and you will get more than you ever bargained for. Well maybe not, this is google after all. The healing properties of laughter are well documented in the medical literature. A jewish Proverb says

"But," I hear you say. "We're talking of writing here. What of that?" Good Point. The benefits to writers are twofold. Firstly when you laugh the brain releases a number of chemicals that relieve stress, reduce pain and make you feel good about yourself. Aint the body a wonderful thing? I can assure you if you feel good about yourself your writing is going to flow better. 

Another benefit to writers is that you can use it in your writing. Humour can be used in most fiction books to provide moments of light relief. Even in the most high-octane book a little humour can be sprinkled in. This allows the reader to relax and draw breath. Some fun facts about humour that might give you inspiration 

  • K is the funniest letter
  • 37 is said to be the funniest number
  • Hamsters are funnier than dogs
  • Most toilets flush in E Flat (If you're writing YA or kids books you're on a winner with this one)
  • use the rule of three - set up, establishment, punchline. That's how all jokes are formed.
These are just a few facts to get you going. 

But, why am I talking about humour today? The answer - the first book in my humorous crime series is out today. Antiques and Alibis is available in Waterstones, CLC, Amazon, Nook, Kobo, iBooks and all good bookstores. It is in the vein of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, with fewer exploding cars. 

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'Cass Claymore, a red headed, motorbike riding, ex-ballerina inherits a Detective Agency, and accidently employs an ex-con dwarf and an octogenarian. Hired by a client who should know better, Cass has no leads, no clue and a complete inability to solve a case. Still a girl needs to eat and her highbred client’s offering good money. Join her as, with bungling incompetence, she follows a trail littered with missing antique teddies, hapless crooks, a misplaced Lord of the Realm and dead bodies. Will Cass, and Scotland, survive?'

I'm joining a long line of ACW writers who write humorous books, Adrian Plass, Fiona Lloyd and Fran Hill to mention a few. I am sure there are many others. 

I excited to introduce you to Cass Claymore and hope you like her. It's always a nervous time for an author when a new book is launched. 

About the Author 

Wendy H Jones is the Amazon Number 1 best-selling author of the award winning DI Shona McKenzie Mysteries. Her Young Adult Mystery, The Dagger’s Curse was a finalist in the Woman Alive Readers Choice Award. She is also The President of the Scottish Association of Writers, an international public speaker, and runs conferences and workshops on writing, motivation and marketing. Wendy is the founder of Crime at the Castle, Scotland’s newest Crime Festival. She has edited a Lent Book, published by the Association of Christian Writers


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  1. Congratulations on the new book Wendy - I've ordered my copy and look forward to reading it!. I so agree with you that humour can be sprinkled into any genre. But to write a laugh-out-loud novel which is funny all the way through... that is a great gift. I await Cass's adventures with great anticipation!

  2. Thank you, Wendy! we certainly need all the comic relief we can get at the moment, and to be able to make people gift is a real talent and a major blessing to those who need that light in the darkness, or just need to see the lighter side of life. Your comic novel will be perfect after I've finished your darker crime one. Blessings, Martin

  3. I look forward to reading your new book. I loved this post too. Laughter is indeed good medicine. Sadly I haven't the skill to be funny myself.


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