HumorOutcasts Interview with Lee Gaitan Author of “My Pineapples Went to Houston”

My Pineapples Went to Houston: Finding the Humor in My Dashed Hopes, Broken Dreams and Plans Gone Outrageously Awry 

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Lee Gaitan is a multi-award-winning author of three books. Her work has been featured on The Huffington Post, Yahoo News, Erma Bombeck Humor Writers’ Workshop, The Good Men Project, Mothers Always Write and Bella Grace.

Lee Gaitan

The story that resonates in My Pineapples Went to Houston, is Lee Gaitan’s personal and powerful tale of surviving a decade of relentless chaos and loss, or what she refers to as, “shock and awfulness.” Told with a batch of honesty and humor, My Pineapples Went to Houston both inspires and entertains readers along with offering hope and encouragement to those struggling with their own “plans gone outrageously awry.”

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Ken Stark, Award-Winning Horror Writer, Talks About What Makes a Good Scary Story

Ken Stark

Our guest on this episode is award-winning horror writer, Ken Stark.

According to Ken’s Twitter bio he is a questionable painter, unapologetic nerd, and committed beer enthusiast.

During this episode Ken shares many of his insights into writing, the importance of relatable characters, and what makes a good scary story.

Ken Stark’s books are available on Amazon including, “Arcadia Falls.”

You can find more about Ken Stark on his website and on Twitter.

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Samuel Moore-Sobel “Can You See My Scars?”

Samuel Moore-Sobel

Billy’s guest on this podcast episode is Samuel Moore-Sobel, an author, speaker, and columnist. His debut memoir, “Can You See My Scars?” is the story of a harrowing encounter with sulfuric acid, trauma, and severe burns.

Samuel writes about his experience as a burn and trauma survivor. Samuel has a degree in government and international politics and currently lives with his wife in Northern Virginia.

You can find Samuel’s website here www.samuelmoore-sobel.com and his Twitter account here @smoore_sobel.

This episode may contain triggers for survivors.

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HumorOutcasts Interview with Linda D’Ae-Smith “Standing Against the Rage”

Linda D’Ae-Smith is the author of, “Standing Against the Rage,”
based on the true story of Mildred Flatau’s miraculous escape from domestic violence.

Based on newspaper accounts and historical records along with Mildred’s own diary, author Linda D’Ae-Smith tells Mildred’s story of survival from a horrific day of violence that occurred on March 17, 1933 and how Mildred’s faith was pivotal in her perseverance.

During this podcast episode Linda discusses the writing of Mildred’s story and other aspects of domestic violence.

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Kevin Barhydt Author of “Dear Stephen Michael’s Mother: A Memoir”

Kevin Barhydt is the author of, “Dear Stephen Michael’s Mother: A Memoir.

The book is a memoir of how a young boy who was abandoned, abused, and addicted; transformed into a man with the hope, courage, and resilience to seek his biological mother.

At 45 and after many years of recovery, Kevin began a painful journey to uncover his origins and search for his mother. A quote Kevin often uses is,

“When the bird falls out of the tree, the bird is traumatized.

So is the mother.”

Kevin now leads a happy and fulfilling life. He does interviews to help fight stigmas that plague survivors of various hardships and conditions.

You can Find Kevin Barhydt on YouTube.

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Underprivileged Overachiever – A Crenshaw Story

Our guest on this podcast is Yohance Salimu who is the author of, “Underprivileged Overachiever – A Crenshaw Story.”

The book is his memoir chronicling Yohance’s journey from youth at Crenshaw Senior High School in California to his study of Geospatial Science at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Yohance speaks openly and candidly about his experiences and hardships on his way to success as a fighter and a survivor.

“If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same… you’ll be a Man, my son!” – Joseph Rudyard Kipling

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Yohance Salimu – Underprivileged Overachiever – A Crenshaw Story

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HumorOutcasts Podcast Interview with Wil 3 with Video

On this HumorOutcast interview is Wil 3 who is the author of, “Heartly Law?

Wil 3

During this interview Wil 3 covers how aspects of his own life fold into his stories, his writing techniques, and how little moments can be character inspirations.

(Synopsis) A congregation is packed into a church and witnesses a would-be assassin shoot Nicholas Rossi, a young man believed to be responsible for numerous miracles. After the shot rang out, Father Thomas O’Toole stood on the altar with a .38 Special still smoking and his intended victim, Nicholas Rossi, was gone. Ari Meyer, Esquire, a 15-year veteran of the Public Defender’s Office, is assigned to represent Father O’Toole at trial for attempted homicide.

Heartly Law?

The case becomes oddly personal to Meyer and puts his personal life into a downward spiral down along with his law practice.

“Heartly Law?,” the sequel to “Heartly God?,” follows Ari Meyer as he attempts to convince a jury that a single isolated event should not outweigh an entire life dedicated to service and kindness for others.

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We also have the interview with Wil 3 on YouTube via Zoom.

HumorOutcasts Podcast Interview with Bill Spencer

Our guest in this interview is Bill Spencer who is the author of, “Uranus is Always Funny.”

Bill Spencer

Bill Spencer’s humor writing has been published by numerous outlets including Funny Times, Narrative Magazine, Reader’s Digest, The Sun, and HumorOutcasts.com.

Bill has also published scholarly articles on the novels of Cormac McCarthy, has written more than 140 comic skits performed at the Wildacres Writers Workshop, and has co-authored an un-produced screenplay entitled “Angel Pays a Visit.”

Bill taught English for thirty-one years, twenty-five of them at Delta State University and six at Western Carolina University. He lives in a cabin in the mountains of North Carolina with his wife, artist-poet Carolyn Elkins.

“Uranus is Always Funny”

During this interview Bill discusses his style of humor, his early influences, and offers some tips for aspiring writers.

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HumorOutcasts Interview with Bill Spencer

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Dorothy Rosby Humor Columnist and Author

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Dorothy Rosby

Our guest on this episode is Dorothy Rosby, who is the author of, “Alexa’s a Spy and Other Things to Be Ticked off About: Humorous Essays on the Hassles of Our Time.”

Dorothy Rosby is a speaker and syndicated humor columnist whose writing appears in publications across nine states and is featured nationally in Exceptional People Magazine.  During this interview we discuss humor writing during difficult times and why it is important to laugh and share those moments with others.

You can find Dorothy on Twitter @DorothyRosby and her website is DorothyRosby.com.

dorothy-rosby-cover-apr20 (2)Dorothy is also a frequent guest on the Billy Dees Podcast.

You can find Billy Dees Podcast and related social media links here: Billy Dees Linktree

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Dorothy Rosby Humor Columnist and Author

HumorOutcasts Interview with Mary Farr “If I Could Mend Your Heart”

Marr Farr Book CropOur guest on this podcast episode is Mary Farr. Mary has been a guest before in regard to her book, If I Could Mend Your Heart” which deals with the subject of managing grief. This sorrow may be due to the loss of life but also any event or circumstance which heavily impacts our lives.

We talk about these subjects again and this time around we discuss how the techniques of managing loss and stress may relate to people who are strongly being impacted by the Covid19 crisis.

Even though these are a difficult themes, this is not a depressing discussion. Mary’s message is that often times carving out an alternative and positive path in life can be a part of how we manage stress and difficult times.

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Mary Farr and Billy Dees

Donna Cavanagh and Mary Farr have teamed up to offer non-profits and other organizations bulk and package rates for the book. For more information please contact Donna at Donna@HOPress-ShorehouseBooks.com. Donna also was responsible for setting up this interview for HumorOutcasts.com.

You can find more information about Mary Farr and her books on her blog Desire to Inspire.

For your convenience the interview is available below at the bottom of this post. Just hit play. The podcast episode is also available on most of the major podcasting platforms including Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, and many others under the Billy Dees Podcast.

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HumorOutcasts Interview with Mary Farr – If I Could Mend Your Heart