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My latest book, "Get Real, Dr. Phil: Discrediting Television's Most Overrated Psychologist" is a satirical criticism of Dr. Phil McGraw and his pedestrian advice. I was kidnapped by terrorists, tied to a chair and forced to watch Dr. Phil's daytime TV program for more than three weeks before US commandos rescued me. Over the course of those three endless weeks, I decided that it was time someone put Dr. Phil and his simpleton recommendations in his place.
While "Get Real, Dr. Phil: Discrediting Television's Most Overrated Psychologist" has an extensive amount of humor in it, including some R-rated content, I have attempted to offer actual insight and possible cures for some problems that plague our society. If Dr. Phil knew what he was doing, he would offer the same methods. But, alas, he doesn't even know of the possible cures I discuss. Combined with a short exposé of the McGraw family and its shady dealings at the end of the book, perhaps we can finally put Dr. Phil out to pasture for good.
For my other books, I should not have written "Jesus is a Republican." It was written at the urging of some Tea Party friends to take advantage of a contention political election year, and I should have known to not embrace hatred for the sake of book sales, not that anyone bought the book. It was a mistake and I apologize for it. It does not reflect *any* of my values. Only Evangelical Christians or members of the Tea Party movement should read "Jesus is a Republican" -- everyone else will find it offensive.
But I still find "Women May Be From Venus, But Men Are Really From Uranus" funny. Sure, it's just one joke after another while ridiculing John Gray's advice, but who doesn't need to laugh now and then?
So who is Katherine Black?
Katherine Black is a pen name. When I write under it, I see the world through the eyes of the character I have created, which is a woman in her late 50s who has a great deal of wisdom and objective advice to offer. The advice is usually steeped in humor, but I write what works best for that character.
This also allows me to write from a perspective I would not normally understand, though the experiences I write about have happened to me or friends of mine and are real...most of the time. When I'm setting up a joke or one-liner, often the event will have some embellishment. Those who have read my writing (including edited works) compare it as a mix of Al Franken and Bill Maher, but I believe I have my own uniqueness.
Writing from the perspective of a pen name is no different from acting: An actor becomes his or her character in front of the camera, and when the camera isn't on, that person resorts to being who he or she has always been. When I sit down at my keyboard and computer screen, I become Katherine Black.
My business manager's email address is JAAnderson2112 at gmail dot com, and any questions for me can be directed to him. He sits around a pool all day, drinking Mai Tais and telling me what I should write, so please feel free to shoot him off an email or several hundred.