An observant visitor to this site noticed in one of my biographies that I mention a novel of mine entitled Return to Laughter and wanted to know where she could find it. Well might she ask.
The truth is I had forgotten entirely I made any reference to the book in my bio or anywhere else, but it does exist. As its Shakespearean title suggests, it is about an actor, and about the acting business in both New York and Hollywood, and it weaves fact and fiction together in, I hope, an intriguing and amusing way. There will be a very small prize awarded to the reader who correctly identifies the play that provided the title. Bonus points if you can name the character who says the words, and the correct act and scene number.
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I decided not to release the novel just yet. I wanted to make some very minor revisions, and my agents suggested I wait and see how sales go with the books I already offer on the site. I realize this last paragraph sounds like an unsubtle way of saying, “Buy those books, ladies and gentlemen! Recommend them to your friends and neighbors! Tell the world!” And you’re damn right it is. But it is also true that my agents recommended I wait. Complain to them.