I’ve previously mentioned the fun collection of anecdotes my friends D.N. Giles and C.L. Beck put together called Mormon Mishaps and Mischief. I’ve known these ladies for several years through a writer’s group we’re all part of and we’ve grown to be friends. they even let me submit a story for their book (It’s called Jardin de Ninos).
It’s a fun collection of funny stories about the kinds of things we encounter every day–though we might not always consider them funny when they happen to us. Nichole and Cindy were happy to come to my blog to discuss their book today.
Q. What prompted you ladies to write Mormon Mishaps and Mischief?
Cindy: The moon was full, Aquarius was on the cusp, and the chickens were molting, all of which combined to make this the right time for a book of humorous anecdotes. Well, that and the pantry was empty, so a book that might actually sell a few copies seemed like a good idea.
Nichole: What Cindy says might be true. Or it could be that one sunny spring morning, one of us woke up and said, “I think I’ll write a book of humorous anecdotes today.” Then there was email involved. Lots of email. And brainstorming and collecting and chocolate eating. And maybe some Twinkies. Thus, the proposal for a book of humorous anecdotes was born.
Q. I know you spent months collecting and editing the stories. What’s your favorite story in the book?
Cindy: There’s this fantastic story about a crotchety old man who gets visited by three ghosts at Christmas, and by the end of the story, he vows to keep Christmas … oh wait, that’s Charles Dickens’ stuff. All right then, my next favorite is “A Good Impression” contributed by Cathy Witbeck. It’s about a little girl who gets all decked out for Easter and puts something interesting into her purse to take to church. (But I’m not going to tell you what, because it would ruin the fun.) On the other hand, I do have to tell you that because they’re all so funny, my favorite story changes about every five minutes.
Nichole: I’m with Cindy. Choosing just one favorite would be like playing favorites between my children. Which I’ve never done. Ever. I’m a good mother. I promise. Oh, but speaking of motherhood, there are several stories about children doing funny things, like licking worms and bringing a head of lettuce to pray. Love all of those.
Q. Those were funny stories. Kids are such an inspiration for books like this, aren’t they? Where do the stories come from? Did they really happen?
Cindy: From the demented … er … I mean, the creative genius of our minds. And from the funny events that we, and our contributors, saw happening at church, home and everywhere in between. Rest assured, however, that all contributors to the book signed a statement that the stories were true, and so even though real names were seldom used in the anecdotes, the situations actually happened. Which means if you think you recognize your bishop in there, well … we’ll never tell.
Nichole: None of them came from my current ward. They all came from other people’s wards, which I visited while wearing my invisibility cloak. So if you happen to be in my ward and recognize a story or five or twenty, well I didn’t see those things or write them down in my handy-dandy notebook. Er. Um. I mean…I plea the fifth?
Q. Okay, now for the really good questions. What are your favorite things to eat?
Cindy: I’m not particularly fond of witchetty grubs from Australia or puffer fish from Japan— not to mention Brussels sprouts from my mother’s kitchen—but otherwise I like most food. Especially Twinkies. Yes, I think Twinkies count as a very nutritious snack. Which reminds me, I’m almost out of ‘em.
Nichole: Chocolate, licorice, carbonated beverages, and cheese. And snow crab. But not all mixed together. Fondue is great and all, but only if you have the right recipe. Sometimes I like Twinkies, but since Cindy loves them so much I try to give her my share to be nice.
Q. Okay, I’m in complete agreement on the chocolate, though I can take or leave a Twinkie, myself. Now, if you could choose to be any animal, what would it be?
Cindy: I’d choose to be pixie dust. Oh wait, dust isn’t an animal. Okay, I’d choose to be the pixie. In fact, I think I probably was one in a previous life. At least I had a haircut that made my look like a pixie when I was a kid.
Nichole: If Cindy gets to be a pixie, I want to be a mermaid. Then I could swim around from island to island and eat all the snow crab and mango I wanted. Plus, I think mermaid fins are beauteous.
Q. And to think I was thinking of mundane animals like lions and giraffes. I guess I should have known better. Pixies and mermaids sound pretty awesome (and hey, if you’re going to answer a question like that, it might as well have a fantastic answer!) Thank you for letting me interview you. Do you have anything you’d like to add?
Cindy and Nichole: It was our pleasure! Readers can visit us at our website, MormonMishaps.com, or laugh with us at our humor blog at ldshumor.blogspot.com. In addition, there are our personal blogs—follow Nichole at nicholegiles.blogspot.com or Cindy at bythebecks.blogspot.com. We really like having followers. It makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Plus, we like to post funny stuff and make you laugh.
Now, for a great announcement of a giveaway, which I’m totally bummed I can’t enter because it’s a fabulous prize: LIGHTING THE WORLD WITH LAUGHTER!
Mormon Mishaps and Mischief: A collection of true, humorous anecdotes about Latter-day Saint goofs and gaffs.