Friday, January 20, 2012

Martha Bolton is My Hero... No, Heroine


As a humor writer, or writer in general I’m inspired and influenced by great writers of the past and present. 

When I was little, I loved to hear Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, Jack Benny, Jack Parr, Johnny Carson, Bill Cosby and others performing on television. 

I know I’m dating myself, but they all had several things in common: they knew how to deliver a well written joke or sketch, they used their personal backgrounds to make the comedy real to others and they had wonderful, clean material that could be heard by the whole family.

But rarely, did they provide their own material.  

They had writers that knew their style, knew how they delivered their material and the kinds of body movements or props they used to deliver the punch line.  
Typically, these writers worked behind the sidelines, never performing their own material on stage.

One of these writers is Martha Bolton.  
I’ve never met her, nor can identify individual jokes she’s created, but I am very familiar with her more than fifty humor books, and I’m a huge fan.  

You might like to check out some of her books: 
Your Best Nap Now:7 Steps to Nodding Off at Your Full Potential, 
Growing Your Own Turtleneck… and other benefits of aging, 
I Think, Therefore I Have a Headache!, 
Cooking With Hot Flashes, and others.

She and I have a lot in common.  
She and I both use everyday experiences and ordinary things to uncover the humor in them, and we both write clean humor.

I’ve enjoyed her books so much that when I published my humor book, I sent her a copy with a “Thank You” note for her influence in my writing style. 

Yesterday, I received a hand-written note from Martha Bolton, thanking me for the book!

I was blown away.  

Since I will be placing it behind an acid free, double mat with bullet proof glass and hang it over my bed, I thought you might like to see what she wrote.




Now I have to figure out if I should send Ms. Bolton a “Thank you” note for the “Thank You” note. 



May your days be filled with clean humor and please come back to read some of mine.... 
Send me an email at aitken.helen@gmail.com

Have a wonderful day.

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