John Heffron Is Coming to You from the Future.
John Heffron is one busy mofo. On top of his regular touring across the country, the stand-up comic recently became an author. His new book "I Come to You from the Future" hit Amazon and iBooks with a bang just in time for the holidays and while in the midst of his gig at the Brea Improv this weekend, we talked to Heffron about his new venture into the literary world with his book that offers advice for both men and women. Ehhh hemmm...stocking stuffers anyone?
I've wanted to write a book forever!
OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): Congrats on the book! How did you hook you with your co-author Topher Morrison?
John Heffron: I met Topher doing this type of speaker training thing where they show people how to present better on stage and that's pretty much how our relationship happened. He has a program called, "Be a Key Person of Influence" and it walks people through how to be a master in your field in every type of genre. He always says that he's a "recovering self-help guy" because he used to do a lot of self-help type seminars. Then he realized that the industry was a little creepy so he stopped doing it. (Laughs.) But he is still very much like a coach and says a lot of cool things.
Did you always want to write a book? I mean, where did the idea to do it stem from?
The whole "I Come to You from the Future" is something that I've been doing in my act but yeah, I've wanted to write a book forever! With me, it was kind of the follow-through that was a problem. Then I decided that I would just bang it out and it'd be a nice little book that I'd sell after my show. When I was done with it though, it actually turned out ending up way better than that.
I know it's obviously written from a male perspective but, would it be a good read for women too?
Yeah you know, for selling and niche purposes and because I'm a guy, it's easier for me to talk to the guys. But really, it's for anybody. Guys and girls can both learn a lot from it I think.
I also like that it's a short read and that you wrote, "So learn about life, love, and money in one good bowel movement." That's hysterical.
(Laughs.) I've probably never finished a book in my life because I get about halfway through and I'm out. Plus when most authors are writing books, they're including a lot of fluff. I really just wanted to write half a book so people can finish it and I didn't want to repeat things. When I'm done talking about something, I'm done talking you know? (Laughs.)