Interview with Davis Aujourd'hui, author of 'Babes in Bucksnort'

Davis Aujourd’hui is the author of the Sister Mary Olga Fortitude series of hilarious satires. The first book is entitled The Misadventures of Sister Mary Olga Fortitude. It was followed by Babes in Bucksnort.

Davis possesses a rich life experience that has enabled him to draw from it in order to create a colorful canvas upon which to paint very human lives. He is a retired social worker, having worked for Adult Protective Services in New York State for nearly twenty years. He developed the characters within his series of books in order to entertain a colleague by using the gift of humor.

As will be the case with Sister Mary Olga in his third book, he is a recovering alcoholic. He also happens to be gay as are several of the endearing and humorous characters within his novels. He can speak from his own experience. He has possessed all of the foibles of his cast of characters who are naughty, nasty, and nice.

Davis lives in Upstate New York where he is currently sharing his life with his partner of seven years. He is socially-minded and spirituality is the most important ingredient in order for him to maintain a happy and successful life.

Visit this blog for information on the series: http://bestsatireseriesofthedecade.blogspot.com

Visit this blog for information on the author: http://authordavisaujourdhui.blogspot.com

Connect with him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Davis-Aujourdhui/138584429540046.

About Babes in Bucksnort

Babes in Bucksnort is the first sequel to the highly praised The Misadventures of Sister Mary Olga Fortitude. Once again the unconventional bourbon-swilling, chain-smoking nun will spin outrageously funny new tales about the residents of Bucksnort, Wisconsin while she tests the will of a reformed prostitute who just happens to be her Reverend Mother.

Unfortunately there’s trouble brewing in the Snortlands. The nasty and notorious town busybody, Priscilla Bunhead, goes on a crusade to stamp out what she calls the gay menace. That’s when she convinces her millionaire friend, Mildred Mayflower, to give away her fortune in order to bring the Reverend Billy-Bob Blunthead and his Born Again or Burn Forever Disciples for Jesus to town to do the job. It will be an uphill climb for them when the closet doors of many gay people in the Snortlands burst open. Billy-Bob and his wife, Pinky Poo, will have another battle on their hands when Dimples Dufus, the heiress to the Mayflower fortune, arrives on the scene to reclaim her fortune.

You’ll also meet the hilariously bumbling, pothead psychiatrist, Doctor Wally Wacky-Wacko, who creates havoc for one of Sister Mary Olga’s favorite fellow nuns. Along with Mildred Mayflower, they become victims of his multi-colored pills that only turn them into zombies. The handsome and virile gay cowboy chef, Randy Cowboy, makes an important self-discovery about his never-ending sexual pursuits when he joins a twelve-step program called Sex Maniacs Notorious.

The irascible Martha Mayhem settles down into comfortable domesticity with her new life partner who happens to be her sister-in law. Martha still manages to stir up trouble on Dinkledorf Drive with her fellow enemies and neighbors, the prudish Priscilla Bunhead and the voluptuous Lula Mae Bunsaplenty. The question that remains is whether Lula Mae’s paramour, Jules Jesslike Pappas will put up with her continuing manipulative feminine wiles.

In between the laughs, Sister Mary Olga continues to dispense nuggets of spiritual wisdom during her classes in Beginner’s and Advanced Holiness. Just don’t take seats near the flatulent child named Fartley Dinkledorf or his lecherous one-hundred five year-old grandfather, Poopsy. The bottom line is that everyone is welcome in Sister Mary Olga’s classes. Join the diverse cast of zany characters for a joy ride that will tickle your funny bone until it aches.

Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life, Davis . Can you tell us how long you’ve been writing and how your journey led to writing your latest book, Babes in Bucksnort?

I've been writing for five years now. I have developed a series of deliciously hilarious satires about a wayward nun who loves her bourbon and her Marlboros – Sister Mary Olga Fortitude. I developed the character years ago in order to entertain a colleague when I'd been a social worker. She loved the character which spurred me on to develop others.

As I remembered the zany characters, I thought I could write a book about them. This led to my first book, The Misadventures of Sister Mary Olga Fortitude. I still hadn't run out of ideas and, from there, I developed my series. As mentioned, my most recent book is called Babes in Bucksnort.

In it, the unconventional bourbon-swilling, chain-smoking nun continues to spin hilarious tales about the residents of Bucksnort, Wisconsin while she tests the will of a reformed prostitute who just happens to be her Reverend Mother.

Unfortunately or not, there's trouble brewing in the Snortlands. The town busybody, Priscilla Bunhead, crusades to stamp out what she calls the gay menace. That's when she brings Reverend Billy-Bob Blunthead and his Born Again or Burn Forever Disciples for Jesus to town to do the job. It's an uphill climb when the closet doors of many gay people burst open.

In between laughs, Sister Mary Olga dispenses nuggets of wisdom during her Holiness Classes. The bottom line is that everyone is welcome in Sister Mary Olga's classes. The diverse cast of zany characters takes my readers on a joy ride that will tickle their funny bones until it aches.

Q: I love your title. Can you tell us why you chose it?

I believe we are all little children in God's eyes. That's where the word Babes come into play. As for Bucksnort, that's the name of the fictional town in which I set my series.

I believe that we, as humans, tend to take life too seriously. I have dedicated my books to all adult children who don't need to do so. I believe that laughter is, indeed, the best medicine.

Q: Why did you believe your book should be published?

I believe that my books contain messages of hope in addition to the zany humor that allows my readers to laugh from the beginning to their ends. It has been my hope that people will wake up to their own spiritual potential. I incorporate many teachings of today's leading spiritual authors amidst the hilarity. I believe that we, as the human race, have a greater potential than we have realized. I hope that we will come to see past our own differences and to embrace that we are all one in the spirit.

Q: We all know that publishers can’t do all of the publicity and that some lies on the author. What has your publisher done so far to publicize the book and what have you done?

The only thing my publisher did was to put out a press release and to educate me about the marketing process. Marketing my books became my challenging task.

I solicited professional reviews that were ecstatic. I contacted the media and I've done extensive radio and television interviews in addition to this book tour. I hired a publicist who created marvelous blogs that provide information about my books and my personal life. I've held book readings and book signings among a host of other activities.

Q: What book on the market can it compare to? How is it different? What makes your book special?

My books have a similar flavor to the zany books of Carl Hiassen. They are also a continuing saga of endearing characters such as in The Tales of the City series created by Armistead Maupin.

What makes my books different are the spiritual messages contained within them. My books are special because they make my readers take a good look at themselves. By doing so, they will hopefully look at how they may be similar to my characters – naughty, nasty, and nice.

In so doing, it will give my readers an opportunity to discard characteristics which no longer serve them. At the same time, they will be able to develop virtues that will make themselves better persons.

Q: Open to a random page in your book. Can you tell us what is happening?

The Reverend Billy-Bob Blunthead, with his piercing coal-black eyes, is descending from the heavens of his theater of the absurd in his gilded throne. As he descends, he passes by a crimson and lavender stained-glass window which depicts the fateful torment that awaits the unfaithful as he perceives them.

Standing below, his wife, Pinky Poo, with her fuchsia-colored hair, is waiting to writhe in horror as he glares at the audacious homosexuals who have dared to infiltrate his chapel. Pinky Poo cries out as she faints to the floor.

The lost lambs of his audience, who need someone to spoon-feed them their beliefs, bob their heads at the spectacle. Their leader, Priscilla Bunhead, turns and glares. How could the perverts have infected this chapel?

The proud gay people and their supporter, Sister Mary Olga Fortitude, will not be dissuaded by the band of the Born Again or Burn Forever Disciples for Jesus. As the disciples march to expel them from the church, they leave in quiet dignity. Reverend Billy-Bob has no idea what's in store for him as the final scenes of the book unfold.

Q: Do you plan subsequent books?

Of course I do! In fact, I've already written a total of eleven books in the series. The next one to be released is entitled Have A Heart. In it, Reverend Billy-Bob Blunthead faces his final trial when his own nasty little secret is unveiled.

Have no fear, I haven't run out of ideas yet. As long as my creative juices flow, I will continue to entice and entertain my readers with the unfolding saga of my babes in Bucksnort.

Q: Thank you for your interview, Davis Aujourd'hui. Do you have any final words?

Please visit Amazon.com where you can read the rave reviews on my first two books. As I mentioned, the first one is entitled The Misadventures of Sister Mary Olga Fortitude. You can also visit my blog which will tantalize you with tidbits about my books: http://bestsatireseriesofthedecade.blogspot.com.

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