When I first chat to my guests about their guest post I often suggest that, if their books are more in the entertainment genre than in the more serious or non-fiction category, their posts are light and amusing. (I am being very selfish here as I like laughing). Well, this week’s guest John Howell has taken me at my word and written a very funny dialogue which shows a brilliant use of words. Read on and see for yourself but first a little about John.
John W, Howell began his writing as a full-time occupation after an extensive business career. His specialty is thriller fiction novels, but John also writes poetry and short stories. His first book, My GRL, introduces the exciting adventures of the book’s central character, John J. Cannon. The second Cannon novel, His Revenge, continues the adventure, while the final book in the trilogy, Our Justice, launched in September 2016. Circumstances of Childhood in October 1st, 2017. The latest, The Contract between heaven and earth, his fifth book, is written in collaboration with award winning author Gwen Plano and will be launched the week of June 4th, 2018. All books are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions.
John lives in Port Aransas, Texas with his wife and their spoiled rescue pets.
Hello everyone. I would like to thank Lucinda for having me as a guest today. When Lucinda and I first discussed a visit, I asked what kind of post she expected. She thought it would be fun to have a zany, fun, fluffy, and light submission. I told her if there was anyone who was light it was me. So, I hope you enjoy this little bit of craziness. Oh, and class you may put down your pencils. This will not be on the test.
A word about what you’re going to read. 1. It is all dialog. 2. There are no tags on purpose. 3. It is totally made up.
The writer and the Psychiatrist by John W. Howell.
“Please have a seat, Mr. Sampson.”
“Seat? I thought there would be a couch.”
“I’m afraid a chair is all I have, Mr. Sampson.”
“Couch too passive for you?”
“You chose an interesting word, Mr. Sampson. What made you say ‘passive?’”
“Oh, I don’t know. It just came to me. You know the idea of someone reclining on a couch while someone asks questions about how things make them feel.”
“Have you been in psychotherapy before?”
“Boy, I’ll say.”
“Tell me how that made you feel?”
“You’re kidding, right?
“I never kid on important subjects, Mr. Sampson.”
“I don’t know. I guess it made me feel like not answering questions anymore.”
“Now that sounds like we have a little aggression around the subject.”
“Oh, I see. You are trying to couple passive and aggression together. I think it is a little more complex than a simple label.”
“Hmm. What makes you say that, Mr. Sampson?”
“What makes me say that?”
“A question of a question is not an answer.”
“So, I’ve been told.”
“My last Psychiatrist.”
“Why did you leave the last Psychiatrist?”
“I didn’t leave.”
“He checked himself into a clinic.”
“For what reason?”
“He felt overwhelmed.”
“Surely not by your case.”
“What makes you say so?”
“I’m asking is all.”
“Is there a question in there somewhere?”
“Okay, did you drive your Psychiatrist nuts?”
“Interesting word, ’nuts.’ Why did you pick that word?”
“You turning this conversation around?”
“I do that for a living.”
“You do that for a living?”
“Yes, I do.”
“I used ‘nuts’ to imply an unnatural state of mental health.”
“Okay. Yes, I drove him nuts.”
“I’m beginning to get a sense of how you managed that, Mr. Sampson.”
“After all you were the one who wanted me to come in here.”
“I don’t think that is accurate.”
“You called my office and asked for an appointment, Mr. Sampson”
“Sure, I did. But you gave me an appointment.”
“Okay. I concede. I wanted to talk to you.”
“See how I did that?”
“Turned the conversation.”
“I see now. You are good, Mr. Sampson”
“So, you interested in writing my life story?”
“I have to think about it.”
“You could title it, the nutty Psychiatrist.”
“Been done before.”
“Come on. We’ll have fun together.”
“I think it will be more fun for you.”
The covers for two of John’s books and if the writing in those is anywhere near as clever as his short piece above they are must reads.
Altogether John has written 5 books, one in collaboration.
I for one am certainly going to investigate John’s books. And here is where you will find him. Oh, and by the way, I avidly read John’s blog posts every week, it’s nice to put a name and face together with his ‘Ten Things not to do …” They are so funny!
Like all of us these days John has several addresses and you can find him at any one of these.
Blog Fiction Favorites, http://johnwhowell.com/
Amazon Author’s page –https://www.amazon.com/author/johnwhowell
Thank you for being my guest this week John and for the laugh too 🙂
Till next time, take care.