Giveaway: Ordinary People by E E Montgomery

May 17, 2014


The story for Ordinary People was a bit of an accident. I had one sentence from a writers’ retreat a couple of years ago that I didn’t know what to do with. Then I overheard on a bus: “You’d think he’d have a more interesting life with a name like that, but he’s so ordinary”, and Vinnie was born.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve overheard on a bus or train? The response that makes me laugh out loud (or cringe in sympathy) fast and hard, will win a copy of Ordinary People.



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12 Responses to “Giveaway: Ordinary People by E E Montgomery”

  1. H.B. says:

    I’m actually coming up blank right now, lol. The only thing coming to mind is “why would I want some grapes when I have a banana?” I ride the train everyday so it makes no sense this is the only thing coming to mind right now.

  2. Trix says:

    One day on a shuttle bus, some guy was regaling his friend with how much he had hated living in Los Angeles (as a proud NorCal gal, I was smiling at this point). The traffic was horrible, he hated his job, and it took him forever to get to and from work. Then, the conversation took a disturbing turn as he enthused “Then, a marijuana dispensary opened right by my house!” Yes, apparently he faked the paperwork (or maybe they didn’t care). I sat in horror as he talked about driving to work STONED every day, and how LA’s highways were much less annoying under the influence. Yikes!

  3. eemontgomery says:

    That’s a good one, Trix. I can see how being all mellowed-out would make dealing with traffic more pleasant but I find music a bit safer!

  4. eemontgomery says:

    H.B., as someone who is EXTREMELY fussy about bananas, that comment makes no sense at all to me. Why would anyone pass on the grapes? Unless they’re a metaphor for something I’m missing. ;)

  5. Deborah H says:

    I don’t think I have heard anything on the bus really bad or anything. I once fell walking up the steps to get on the buss though.

  6. Debra E says:

    I overheard someone calling in sick to work on the train, dressed in baseball fan gear while he was on his way to watch a game. Probably should have made that call before he got on the train with a bunch of his friends laughing and talking to each other while he was leaving the message.

  7. eemontgomery says:

    Hi Deborah H. Welcome. I hope your shins survived the trip!

  8. eemontgomery says:

    Welcome Debra E. I’m not much of a baseball fan so I can quite believe anyone going to a game would have to be calling in sick! Still, I think it might have been more believable if there wasn’t any laughter in the background. Where was his head? Obviously not thinking about career longevity!

  9. Andrea M says:

    I haven’t heard anything from humans while on public transportation because my nose is always in a book. If you count those characters, I’ve heard massive orgasms, death, declarations of love, seen France, Italy, England, etc – all sorts of things, and that’s just in one short ride. Reading is the best form of transportation in the world!

  10. eemontgomery says:

    Hi Andrea M. You’re right. Books are a great way to make time spent doing things you’d rather not, interesting and fun.

  11. Deborah H says:

    I had a bruise but I was embarrassed, my face was really red.

  12. Su says:

    Hi, whilst travelling on a bus I overheard a conversation between two female passengers, which seemed to be a competition about who knew more about a piece of gossip at their office. It started with the one of them talking about a female colleague who had suddenly gone AWOL. The other one then said she had heard about her falling sick and that she had actually fainted whilst in a 1-1 meeting in a director’s office. The first woman went silent and whispered to the other, ‘Ah, but I bet you don’t know that she has been sacked’, ‘Noooo!’ the other exclaimed, ‘Yes, I heard her contract has been terminated’, ‘Why?’ ‘I can’t say’, ‘Oh, go on’, ‘Okay then, but you can’t repeat it, promise’. After securing her friends promise, she then started telling her story about the AWOL colleague and that she had allegedly fainted and fallen face first into the directors lap and his PA had come into his office due to hearing strange noises and subsequently ‘had’ fainted in shock at… But sadly I never learnt any more, as my stop was approaching and I had to get off the bus and it was not a route I often used so I never bumped into those two passengers again.

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