I was happy to accept this invitation as I am a very accomplished self-interviewer. Whenever I go on a long boring run, I imagine I’m being interviewed for some literary award, usually the Pulitzer, because I try to be realistic in my fantasies and the Nobel prize just isn’t going to happen for me.
Unfortunately, even though in theory titles aren’t copyrighted, the publisher thought they would need to get permission from all of the artists and they didn’t want to do that. But it was fun selecting the titles while I was working on the chapter.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
I enjoy sports, watching and playing. I wanted to write a story about what happens to an elite athlete who has a dream of playing in the major leagues but doesn’t quite make it. Life after the cheering stops.
What genre does your book fall under?
Best seller. A literary masterpiece, but commercially accessible.
Perhaps that’s not what they were looking for with that question, but hey, it’s my interview.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
It had been my plan to go the indy route and cast myself in the lead role. But it’s taken me so long to finish the novel that I fear I’m too old now.
So in my absence I would cast Josh Brolin in the lead.
For the two principal female characters… well, remember when Madonna took a bit part in “A League of their Own”? She was actually pretty good. So I was thinking of having Lady Gaga play the role of Dede, Dancer’s wife. She might be looking for some time off the road.
the girlfriend of Dancer’s son, Clayton, I would try to get Taylor Swift. Even though she’s a little taller than Trudy, she’s perfect for the role as Trudy is always having her heart broke.
A minor league pitcher hurls a perfect game and loses everything.
Was your book self-published or represented by an agency?
My book will be published sometime in 2013 by Hark! New Era Publishing.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?