WHAT ARE THE MOST INTERESTING FACTS THAT YOU LEARNED WHILE RESEARCHING AND WRITING MULLIGANS…?
I learned how differently the Great Depression affected certain parts of our country. Virginia, for instance, was not as deeply damaged because of our lack of industry. We were more agriculture and tobacco and didn’t feel the impact that Illinois and Michigan, for example, felt. The research also made me more aware, in real time, of just how close WWII and Korea were. I was just a baby and have not always appreciated the sad fact that the wounds and effects of war were still so tender when we moved back into another conflict in only a few short years.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU FACE AS AN AUTHOR?
I think the biggest one is simply time management. In my music career, I had to leave home to tour, record, do TV shows and etc. Now I just walk up a few steps to the office and the computer and I’m at work. And it is way too easy for Lucy, my little Cocker, to come in and want to play. Or my wife come say, “Let’s go eat lunch.” Or my grandchildren to stop by and want my time. I gladly and lovingly give it, but then the story hangs in limbo until I get back to it. And then, don’t let’s forget just the downright lazy days.
WHAT ASPECTS OF BEING A WRITER DO YOU ENJOY THE MOST?
The control. Knowing that I can take characters where I want and have them do what I want. Of course, sometimes they balk. Sometimes it just isn’t a natural move and you have to rethink it all. I love this whole process. I love finding that believable thread between life and fiction.
WHAT CLUBS OR ORGANIZATIONS ARE YOU INVOLVED WITH HELPING WITH YOUR WRITING?
No clubs. I have been writing all my life, either songs or stories. I’ve also been reading and observing all my life. And I’m a firm believer that you learn by doing. That goes for writing or plumbing or sewing. Learn by your mistakes.
WHAT NEW PROJECTS ARE ON THE HORIZON?
I’m sure there’s another book coming. I’ve put down some chapters. I think I’d like it to be another in the Mt. Jefferson series, but we’ll see. I sure like those people and that place.
WHAT MESSAGE WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR READERS TO TAKE FROM READING MULLIGANS…?
I’d like them to come away smiling. Maybe a tear here and there. I’d like them to feel some of the emotion I felt when writing it. We only remember people and things that touch us emotionally and I hope Mt. Jefferson does that. I hope they’ll get a sense of loyalty from the friendships in the story; a sense of forgiveness and second chances. But it’s really hard to say what each individual will get from a book. That’s really up to each one of them.
WHAT WERE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS AS A CHILD?
My earliest remembrance of reading was The Bobbsey Twins. Then I remember reading The Hardy Boys all summer long.