Mike Cyra

Biography

Mike Cyra spent twenty-years working as a Surgical Technologist, an EMT, a Chief Medical Officer on a ship in Alaska’s Bering Sea, and an Instructor of Maritime Emergency Medicine.

Mike is the author of the Amazon best selling humor ebook, "Emergency Laughter" and his second book, "More Emergency Laughter." (available December, 2013)

He is a contributing author in the medical humor anthology, "My Funny Major Medical," and "Final Chapters: Writing About The End of Life."

His humor has appeared in The Placebo Journal, Our USA Magazine, Parenting Humor, (614) Magazine and HumorPress.com.

Mike resides in Seattle Washington.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My older brothers made me read a story when I was in second or third grade, about how when Nuns become Nuns, they had to have their boobs chopped off. This horrified me. All my teachers were Nuns.

The more I thought about this, the more it started to make sense. None of the Nuns I ever saw looked like they had boobs. It also explained why they had such short tempers and smacked little boys around all the time.
If someone chopped my boobs off, I'd be an angry little penguin too; and I'd smack the hell out of little boys...just because.

I spent the next two days at school staring at their habits, you know, where their boobs should be. My brothers were right, none of them had any boobs.
Finally, I couldn't take it anymore. I walked up to Sister Mary Elizabeth Francis Cassius Clay (that's not her real name) and asked,"Sister?"
"What is it Michael?"
"Did it hurt?"
"Did what hurt?"
"You know, Sister, when you started being a Nun...chop, chop...didn't it hurt?
"What are you talking about Michael?"
"You know, when you became a Nun and they chopped your boobs off..."

I've never been hit in the head so quickly, so many times and for so long, in my entire life.

What impact did it have on me?

It taught me that truth is stranger than fiction, and sometimes it hurts more.
Think before you speak.
Never underestimate how fast a 70-year-old Nun can move.
Don't believe everything you read.
Keep your friends close and keep your older brothers closer.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords and Mark Coker were instrumental in the success of Emergency Laughter and the 25,000 plus copies I've sold to date.
Smashwords was the first site I published Emergency Laughter on, in part, because of the wealth of information generously offered by Mr. Coker, for free, in his Style Guide, Book Marketing Guide and his Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success.
Smashwords gave me the tools, knowledge and opportunity to make my dream a reality. For that, I will always be faithful to Smashwords.
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Where to find Mike Cyra online


Books

Emergency Laughter
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,870. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
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Emergency Laughter: It Wasn't Funny When It Happened, But It Is Now! A collection of hilarious real-life medical stories written by a 20-year veteran of emergency medicine & surgery. Laughter helps the mind, heals the body and is a critical survival tool for all who deal with death, dying and disaster up close. Author Mike Cyra shows that it's ok to laugh at yourself and the world around you.

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Smashwords book reviews by Mike Cyra

  • Smashwords Book Marketing Guide on Sep. 29, 2012

    Someday, I'd like to thank Mark Coker, in person, for everything he has done for me. One of the first guides I read prior to publishing my first eBook in March of 2011 was Mr. Coker's free "Style Guide," (How to format, produce and publish an ebook.) My knowledge and experience in publishing and marketing a book at that time was zip, zero, nada, nothing, and the style guide was a great place to start. I quickly downloaded this book, "Smashwords Book Marketing Guide," and everything else Mark and Smashwords offered. Since March of 2011, my ebook, "Emergency Laughter" has sold over 17,000 copies and is a TOP 100 bestselling medical humor ebook. I'm sorry to say, that even though virtually none of those sales, were directly through smashwords, the knowledge and techniques I learned here, played a huge roll in my success. My point is, that it all STARTED with this book and all the other vital information Mark Coker provided, to a then unemployed and broke humor writer. I highly recommend all of his guides. I still use them as a checklist, so I know, all my bases are covered. Thank you Mr. Coker!