I'm a fan of author, Christopher Moore. His twisted humor is, decidedly, an acquired taste and growing up on Vonnegut and other writers that pushed the edges of humor and circumstance right off the cliff, just for the heck of it, for me, Moore carries on that tradition in all it's glory.
If you can't handle saucy language or racy settings, he may not be your cup of tea. And if you're devoutly religious, you are not going to want to read Lamb- though it's one of my all time favorite books that made me laugh out loud and cry while reading it.
Moore was interviewed recently about his career, writing process, character inspirations and life advice. Here's what he said on the later, which I happen to think is pretty brilliant, and why I'm sharing it here. Enjoy-
"Don't drive drunk. Ever. Don't shag anyone you don't like, or who doesn't like you. Get a look at how people live in a place where you don't. Suffering is over-rated, don't pursue it. Ask for help when you need it, don't when you don't, and learn to recognize the difference. Don't confuse movement and progress. Be kind. Be forgiving. Pay attention."
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And here's a great interview with sound advice to writers:
And a new interview!