Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Grandma Hazel’s Funny, Funny Kidz Jokebook

Welcome to Author Rob Loughran


Rob has 23 books in print: mystery novels, science fiction, young adult, short story collections, joke books, and books on writing. He has published 200+ articles in national publications and also has a busy career as a failed screenwriter.

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Why’d you write a 30,000 word children’s jokebook?
When I was in third or fourth grade (early 1960s) I saved up my pennies and nickels to buy a Dinosaur Jokebook from the Scholastic Book Services order form at school. When the jokebook arrived it was about 22 pages and filled with stupid pictures and contained, maybe, 30 jokes. I was so disappointed. I felt defrauded. So when I grew up I wrote the jokebook that no kid could ever be disappointed with. That’s also the genesis of the book’s name: Grandma Hazel’s Funny Funny Kidz Jokebook [WARNING: CONTAINS NO STUPID KNOCK-KNOCK JOKES or DUMB PICTURES TO TAKE UP SPACE]

Night owl, or early bird?
Night owl, definitely. I’ve worked in the restaurant biz all my life and I get an inordinate amount of work done after midnight. I don’t trust people who awake cheerfully at dawn. Something is wrong with them.

What is one book everyone should read?
Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water by Marc Reisner. It is the blueprint for the impending disaster and downfall of the United States. Non-Fiction, factual, and scary as hell.

What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had?
A novel called Hitler’s Bathtub. Adolf’s old claw-footed bathtub is sold at auction and tragedy befalls everyone who takes a soak in it. (To be honest, I haven’t given up on this one…)

What TV show do you watch that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
I am a huge fan of Golden Girls. I’m inordinately fond of that show.

Which authors have influence you most how?
Good question. I have to say William Trevor. Our styles and subject matter couldn’t be more different. But William Trevor’s short stories make me gasp. Look up the story “Sacred Statues” and give it a read. He is the consummate storyteller. I’ve read and re-read him through the decades since I first discovered him in the early 1980s.

If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why?
I would be Ganymede, the cupbearer to the gods. That way I could hang out with all of the hot goddesses and not possess the self-blinding and limiting powers that are the boon and downfall of those wacky Greek deities.

What is your favorite Quote?
“There’s only three things in life, but I forget what they are.”
—John Hiatt

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book?
It’s funny.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’m finishing Beautiful Lies which will be my first book in my PINOT NOIR MURDER MYSTERY series. It is a series of down-and-dirty mysteries that take place in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino Counties of Northern California. After that I’m contracted to write the second installment in my BUD WARHOL MURDER MYSTERY series. Bud is the sleuth in my recently released Tantric Zoo. He’s a part-time forensic anthropologist who runs a bar in Hopland. CA. He doesn’t own a gun or know karate. He’s not an ex-cop or ex-Navy Seal. I’m so tired of those knuckleheaded tough guys. Single-dimensional and vapid and boring.
Both series are published by Bubba Caxton Books: A Division of Foul Mouthed Bard Press.
Grandma Hazel’s Funny Funny Kidz Jokebook is my ninth jokebook and I’m, for now, out of jokes. But I have to say that I never had more fun than I did writing this kid’s jokebook. I think it was because I loved jokes so much as a child; it brought me back and really was a labor of love because I remember, as a shy child in a big-and-scary world, how much jokes were a sanctuary for me.

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
I would want one thing. A book named: How to Build a Boat on a Desert Island in Two Weeks with Your Bare Hands.

Grandma Hazel’s Funny, Funny Kidz Jokebook by Rob Loughran

What do clouds wear when it’s raining?
What time is it when 12 people go skiing?
What do you call a one day old dog?
A puppy?
What did zero say to eight?
“I love your belt.”
Jokes, Jokes, and More Jokes. Over 1650 Jokes!!!

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