Albert Zimbler

I grew up on the west side of Chicago and served in WWII.  I met my wife when she was a student nurse at Mt. Sinai Hospital, and we were married when I returned to civilian life.  After getting an accounting degree and becoming a CPA, I moved with my wife and our first child to Elgin, IL, where I started my own accounting firm. 

After our four children had grown, I sold my accounting practice before moving to a suburb of Chicago, where my wife and I now live.  And although I still have accounting clients, I spend much of my time writing short comedy stories as well as taking or teaching writing and improv courses.  I am also an active member of the group MEL – Men Enjoying Leisure.

Visit my website ( for more information and to watch a video of me leading a senior improv session.  


1. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I'm 87 years old and I am a semi-retired C.P.A.  A few years ago I started studying improv and comedy writing, including writing short humor stories.


2. Describe your book ‘The Love Life of Howard Handsome and Other Short Stories’ in 30 words or less. 

You're never too old to laugh at stories about love and sex.


3. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

My typing -- at first I typed my stories in all caps and no paragraphs.  Content editor Sigrid Macdonald edits my stories, finding my errors, my mistakes in logic, etc.  She gets a lot of credit for the final result.


4. What books have had the greatest influence on you?

Rather than books, I would say musical theater has had the greatest influence on my writing.  I like the musicals whose stories are told with humor.

5. Briefly share with us what you do to market your book?

In addition to BookBuzzr Author Pro, I have a WordPress website -- -- built by my daughter and granddaughter's company Miller Mosaic LLC.  I also hand out business cards about my books and include links on my email signature.


6. How do you spend your time when you are not writing?

Besides driving my family crazy, I attend lots of classes, including comedy writing classes.  I also teach senior improv classes and short story writing classes.

7. What are you working on next?


I now have two books in paperback and ebook formats -- THE LOVE LIFE OF HOWARD HANDSOME and BLOSSOM WINTERS IS DRIVING ON THE LOS ANGELES FREEWAYS.  My third book is almost ready for publication.  The working title is THE WILD ITALIAN WEDDING, and besides short stories will include poems and limericks.  Plus I have plenty of written material to fill future books.

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