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Laurence Shames

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Laurence Shames has been a New York City taxi driver, lounge singer, furniture mover, lifeguard, dishwasher, gym teacher, and shoe salesman. Having failed to distinguish himself in any of those professions, he turned to writing full-time in 1976 and has not done an honest day’s work since.

His basic laziness notwithstanding, Shames has published more than twenty books and hundreds of magazine articles and essays. Best known for his critically acclaimed series of Key West Capers--14 titles and counting!--he has also authored non-fiction and enjoyed considerable though largely secret success as a collaborator and ghostwriter. Shames has penned four New York Times bestsellers. These have appeared on four different lists, under four different na
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Laurence Shames Hi Lance--Thanks for your question, and sorry for the delay getting back. And thank you for reading all the books, in whatever order you like! I wish …moreHi Lance--Thanks for your question, and sorry for the delay getting back. And thank you for reading all the books, in whatever order you like! I wish all my readers were as thorough as you!

You are correct that part of the book is from Nacho's POV. This turned out to be pure, liberating fun for me. I'd been struggling with the opening of the story, and once I heard it in the dog's voice, it just felt like it was flowing. I loved imagining how the beach would look and smell to a small dog, and I loved thinking about how the dog-and-master relationship would seem from the other end of the leash. Also, much of my thinking about human nature felt refreshed as I considered how a dog might view us. We're weird creatures, us bipeds!

Re: influences, what I most admire about Chaplin is that he can make you laugh and cry almost at the same instant. I'm in awe of Mozart's ease of transition from one idea to the next. And I'm grateful to Groucho for reminding me that mayhem should always be grounded in character. It's not for me to say if the influence of these geniuses is reflected in my little novels, but I do try to keep those ideals in mind.

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Laurence Shames Professionals can't afford writer's block. Just admit you're not having your best day and soldier on. Something will come. …moreProfessionals can't afford writer's block. Just admit you're not having your best day and soldier on. Something will come. (less)
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Forgiveness vs. Grudge–The Votes Are In!


A week or so ago, I sent a mailing to some readers and friends in which I aired out a few feelings on a subject close to my heart: Holding a grudge.

Specifically, I was trying to weigh the virtue and karmic advantage of forgiveness against the nasty invigoration of staying pissed off and dreaming of, or even plotting, revenge. I was pondering this subject because I’d been searching for a next b

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“Success and failure. We think of them as opposites, but they're really not. They're companions - the hero and the sidekick.”
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“Why are we inspired by another person's courage? Maybe because it gives us the sweet and genuine surprise of discovering some trace, at least, of the same courage in ourselves.”
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“One of the things Key West teaches is that disappointment and contentment can go together more easily than you would probably imagine.”
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