"It wasn't until I met Oprah, that things really started clicking for me."
Seattle, WA (PRWEB) June 20, 2011
"I didn't really know what I was setting myself up for. I just thought it was a funny premise, a moving, romantic story and lots of great awkward situations in the book," says Ellyn Oaksmith, the Seattle-based author. "When I was writing it, there was always that weird moment where people either laughed or said 'Seriously?' but the reaction from all kinds of different people has been hilarious."
"When the book came out and I saw the posts on its Facebook page, I knew I was going to be seen as the woman who wrote 'That Boob Book.' What people don't know is that the book has a tragedy at its core. That's comedy."
Ms. Oaksmith realized her book was assuming a life of its own when a soccer dad on the sidelines overheard a conversation she was having about the book's performance on Amazon.com. "What's the title?" he asked. Ms.Oaksmith responded, "Knockers." He laughed. "I'm so buying it."
A graduate of The American Film Institute who worked in the film industry as a screenwriter, Ms.Oaksmith's work generally revolved around families and children and always had a strong element of humor. "It wasn't until I met Oprah that things really started clicking for me." As one of 9 women to interview Oprah for the 10th Anniversary issue of "O" Magazine, Ms. Oaksmith was asked if she was "Living her best life?"
"On the plane ride home I really thought hard about what living my best life meant. In my career two things were missing: writing for myself, which I hadn't been doing and it just came to me: I love making people laugh." Ms. Oaksmith confesses that all writers must feel, at some level, the pressure to write "The Great American Novel." "I'm half Canadian so I'm not even qualified, which is a relief. Now I put people in ridiculous situations and see how they learn and grow and hopefully get a chuckle or two."