In the past couple of weeks, I’ve had two new paperbacks hit the market — a novel by Bo Hunter and a collection of humor columns by Chris Johnson, the same guy but two very different writers.
Bo Hunter was actually the pen name I used when I first began writing humor columns in Americus, Ga., back in 1995. I was a sports writer and news editor back then, so I wrote those columns under not just a pen name but with a disguised column mug. I didn’t want folks who hated the sports writer to hate the columns on that basis. Some liked Chris Johnson, some liked Bo Hunter, and I’m sure a fair share hated both of them.
Anyway, I wrote columns under my real name — that’s Chris Johnson for those of you keeping score — when I started penning weekly articles in 1998 in Columbus for the Ledger-Enquirer. In 2000, I was in a car wreck that knocked me out of work for a few weeks, so I wrote a novel in the meantime to keep myself semi-sane. I called it “Oya’s Wake” and did nothing with it for many years. Then, a few years ago, I decided to offer it up as an e-book for Kindle but published it under Bo Hunter. It was simply too different from my usual writing to publish under my name.
Now, at last, it’s in paperback, and you can order it from Amazon for $8.99 at this link. There won’t be any book-signings for this one, at least not until they make a movie out of it.
Meanwhile, just yesterday, the follow-up to “The Best of Chris Johnson, Volume I” went on sale in paperback on Amazon. It’s titled “Wastin’ Away Again on Margaritahill” with the shocking subtitle “The Best of Chris Johnson, Volume II.” Yes, I amaze my own self with such creativity. You can get that in paperback for $9.99 at this link.
Volume II features 118 columns that generated the most feedback — sometimes including anger — over the past six years or so.
If you order one, be sure to leave a review with Amazon. If you order both, well, you’re just weird to like both of those guys.