Episode 28: Humor and the House of Kerouac with author and columnist Erik Deckers
What do you get if you cross a syndicated newspaper columnist with a business book author on a Pearson imprint with an entrepreneur who owns Pro Blog Service and novelist who’s the Spring 2016 writer-in-residence at the Jack Kerouac House in Orlando, Florida?
Erik Deckers, this week’s guest of Behind the Prose.
I interviewed Erik in August, just before he relocated to Florida. (Ironically, he was already planning a move there just before learning that he won the coveted residency).
By now, I’m sure he’s settled in and enjoying the “vibrant literary community” of Orlando that he talks about in this episode.
But before we get to the Kerouac Project, we go through his decades long career as a humor columnist and his book deals on Que Publishing.
In this interview you’ll also learn:
- The rhetorical move he started using in his humor and now can’t stop
- How travel writing led him to making an activist move that sent one of his posts viral and cost him a job
- His trick to churning out content on a weekly basis
There’s also some discussion of Pluto. And if you listened to Sean Ennis’ episode, you might find this kinda spooky. Well, it is Halloween week. Or maybe I’m just subconsciously drawing this Pluto stuff to me. (Remember the Reading-Updike-Keillor thing?)
Either way, like Erik’s buddy Karl the Curmudgeon, I’m still kinda mad about Pluto too.
ABOUT ERIK DECKERS
Erik Deckers is the president of Pro Blog Service in Indianapolis, a content marketing agency with clients throughout the United States. He is also the co-author of Branding Yourself, No Bullshit Social Media, and The Owned Media Doctrine. Erik has been blogging since 1997, and has been a published writer for more than 26 years. He has also been a newspaper humor columnist for 20 years, and has written several radio plays and stage plays, as well as numerous business articles. Erik was recently named the writer-in-residence at the Jack Kerouac House in Orlando for Spring 2016.
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