Since video book trailers are now all the rage, the following is the script for the first foray into the field by Donna and myself. This is a little self-serving, no doubt about it, plus there is some catharsis.
The camera starts rolling.
ALEX: Hi everyone, my name is Alex Carrick and I’m here to tell you about my new book, “Three Scoops” Is A Blast! It’s the sequel to my first book, “Two Scoops” Is Just Right.
To help with descriptions of my writing, I’ve brought along an impartial reader, my wife Donna. Go ahead, sweetheart, tell viewers how much you enjoyed Two Scoops.
DONNA: I absolutely loved your book. I’ve already made two of the dishes you set out, a lemon meringue pie and a Baked Alaska.
ALEX (looking disgusted): It’s not a recipe book and you know it. Now stop kidding around and tell viewers how good Two Scoops is.
DONNA: It was so exciting. The main characters were racing all over Europe trying to solve puzzles and the authorities were chasing them. I couldn’t put it down
ALEX: You’ve just described The Da Vinci Code. It was a huge bestseller. My effort was more modest.
DONNA: Really? I thought it was your book.
ALEX: No, in my book I wrote about outlandish things like how to spot aliens from outer space and about my job and our cottage. I even told a story or two from my long-ago schooldays.
DONNA: That’s right, I remember now. You went to school in a castle and performed magic tricks and a wizard was chasing you.
ALEX: That was Harry Potter. You must remember my stories. In Two Scoops, I recorded a number of the funny things that happened in our own family. Lifestyle situations.
DONNA: Yes, I hated those. They always made me look foolish.
ALEX: I made fun of myself too.
DONNA: But you always ended up looking like the hero.
ALEX: What can I say? Most of my stories are grounded in reality.
DONNA: And you think I’m having trouble remembering.
ALEX: Yes, well, the approach in my second book, “Three Scoops” Is A Blast! is a little different. It’s full of fictional short stories. These comment on society but with often humorous and ironic twists.
They’re set in the past, the present and the future. And many of them have surprise endings.
What do you think of my latest stories?
DONNA: They’re very good. Charming and cute.
ALEX: Cute? Tell viewers how funny they are.
DONNA (absolutely deadpan): Yes, they’re very funny.
ALEX: Come on, they are.
DONNA (deadpan still): If you say so, yes, funny. (Then relenting and patting Alex on the shoulder). I’m sure some people will find them quite amusing.
ALEX: Thank you. You can order either of my books by searching under their titles or by my name through your favorite bookseller such as Amazon.
They are also easily available in paperback or Kindle or other electronic versions.
DONNA: You can order my books the same way. Their titles are Gold and Fishes, The Noon God and The First Excellence.
ALEX: You know which of your books is my favorite?
ALEX: The one where at the end, Rhett walks out the door and says to Scarlett, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”
DONNA: That was Gone with the Wind.
ALEX: Really? I was sure it was one of yours.
DONNA: This interview may have a surprise ending.
ALEX: You mean with me sleeping on the couch? (Donna nods.)
Okay, stop the filming please.