My theme revolves around the soon-to-be published memoir I wrote for opera singer, Donald Braswell.
- I've been writing professionally since 2005 (my first paid job was a beat reporter in Florida.)
- Three years later, we'd moved to San Antonio and I was again, a writer for a local newspaper - and avid fan of America's Got Talent.
- Discovering that opera singer, Donald Braswell (and if you haven't seen his first audition HERE, you'll be amazed... especially at the 2-min mark) lived in my beat, I was thinking awesome feature idea, so I reached out... and out... and out... until he finally said, "Come in!"
- I taped twenty minutes of the interview, got my "money shot" quotes and was about to finish, when I asked him a question... which led to a 45-minute chat as he told me the backstory of his life.
- I knew it would be a great story to tell... so in 2009, I presented Donald with basically a business plan and volunteered to write the book for free. He gave me his blessing and off I charged like a literary Rhino into the wilderness of the Memoir Jungle.
My new, stylish springtime "Virginia Look"
- I had no clue what I was doing.
- Luckily, there was no official timeline, and I had an amazing time learning my craft. Along the way, we had an agent, came close to a big deal, lost the deal, lost the agent and had several interested parties as time went by, but up until last year nothing official.
- I told Donald I wouldn't quit looking until I found a publisher who believed in the story as much as we did.
- The rest, nayah, who wants to remember falling asleep in front of the computer or opening yet another letter of non-acceptance :)
- And then in 2014, (it still feels like it was only last year), someone said yes.
- Thanks to Duke Pennell of Pen-L Publishing, REVIVAL: The Donald Braswell Story will be published Nov. 3, 2015.
As a PS.... I mentioned this in a previous post, but for those perhaps new to my blog, authors,
Obviously I don't expect anyone to stop and listen during the middle of the Challenge, but sometime in the future, (or if you're ever suffering from insomnia,) there's a ton of information about me, Donald and even a little about St. Patrick and the Blarney Stone, too.
(I start chatting after minute 22.)
Just click play:
Tomorrow: "L" is for "Lucas, Walter" (and a musical miracle in the making...)