I’m extremely behind on reading the hilarious Romantic Comedy novels by Rich Amooi so I’m catching up and turning this week into “Rich Amooi Week” on the blog! I believe Rich and I met in the Chick Lit group on Facebook and I’m glad we’ve crossed paths. He’s an amazing writer and his positive attitude is infectious! He picks some awesome narrators for his audio books too. (Rich, thank you for having your novels on Audible!!) Rich is also on of the eight authors in the Love in an Elevator Romantic Comedy anthology. This week’s #ShortStorySaturday will feature his novella, Happy to be Stuck with You!
About Rich as an author
My hot Spanish wife inspired me! I had written a short story in a creative writing class at Stanford. She loved it so much she kissed me and then told me I had to turn it into a full-length book. At first I thought it was crazy to try to turn a twenty-page story into 346 pages, but I did it! That ended up being my debut novel, Five Minutes Late. She’s the reason I have a career writing romantic comedies. My wife is the best!
What genre do you consider your books?
My books fit in four categories: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy, Chick Lit, and Humor.
Do you have a specific writing style?
Light, fun, silly, crazy, and romantic—with a happy ending. You won’t find any sex scenes in my stories, but you will find some adult language occasionally. When I go to the movies, I tend to gravitate towards comedies and romantic comedies, so my writing reflects that. I want my novels to be a fun escape for readers—nothing too serious or dramatic.
Hmm. That’s a tough one. I think the wedding scene at the end of Dog Day Wedding because it is so over the top and crazy and fun. It’s even funnier listening to that scene in the audiobook version of the story. It feels like you are right there at the wedding.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Minimize distractions. Turn off the Internet before you start writing, so you don’t have access to Facebook and email and other things. There will be plenty of time for socializing after you hit your daily word count goal. And don’t give up!
Are any of your characters based on you?
I guess there are probably parts of me in all of them. I’m not telling which parts! LOL.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
In Lilliana Jones and the Temple of Groom, I think the message is that people can get set in their ways. Sometimes you need to get out of your comfort zone if you want to live life to the fullest.
About Rich as a reader
What books have influenced your life most?
From the non-fiction side, Tony Robbins has influenced me the most. His books and live events have inspired me to go for my dreams, continually grow as a person, get rid of limiting beliefs, never give up, and live life with passion. And that’s what I’m doing! By the way, I prefer his audiobooks so I can hear—feel—the passion in Tony’s voice as he teaches. From the fiction side as a writer, just about every book from Kristan Higgins has influenced me. Especially The Best Man and Catch of the Day. Also Stop the Wedding from Stephanie Bond and Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie. These are great examples of entertaining books with a lot of personality.
Anybody Out There? by Marian Keyes.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
No, but I keep searching and hoping!
Because Karan is random
Which question are you most sick of answering in interviews?
The one you just asked. ☺
If you could be a dinosaur, which would you be?