Dating My Vibrator and other true fiction by Suzanne Tyrpak



About Suzanne Tyrpak and why she enjoys short stories:
I’ve written several novels, and have one published right now, Vestal Virgin, suspense in ancient Rome. But when I went through a divorce a few years ago, I didn’t have the time or energy to write novels—especially since most of my novels are historical and require a lot of research. But I did have time to write short stories. Writing them was my therapy. I like the form, because I can focus on one topic, one or two characters, and I can play around with language in ways I might not in a novel. I recommend reading short stories, because you can sit down and read one quickly—and be satisfied. Some of my favorite authors write short stories: Elizabeth Engstrom, Raymond Carver, Flanney O’Connor. There are all kinds of short stories around, from realistic to dark suspense, romance to fantasy. It’s a great way for writers to hone their craft, and I think they’re fun to read.

Summary of this work:
Dating My Vibrator and other true fiction is a collection of nine true and almost true short stories all based (unfortunately) on my own experience. After nineteen years of marriage I was thrust into a brave new world of dating: online, offline, standing in line, listening to lines. And I have survived to tell these tales. Dating, divorce, desperation—all that good stuff. CAUTION: if you’re contemplating divorce, these stories may convince you to consider marriage counseling. If you’re out there dating, chances are you will relate. OMG! Here’s a scary thought: maybe you’ve met some of these guys. Names have been changed to protect the guilty. Joe Konrath gave it 5 stars and says, “Pure Comedic Brilliance.”

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  1. Thanks Alain! Writing these short stories really helped me put life in perspective. It's great to laugh at myself. And I've had fun reading them for audiences--guys always come up afterwards and ask, "Did that really happen?"

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  2. You are very welcome. I actually bought your short story collection (maybe a month ago...?) and read it. Very entertaining. I liked how you had both comedy pieces and more serious ones. I felt the contrast added depth.

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