This meme was passed along to me by Lanea Stagg, the author of Recipe Records Cookbooks. She’s an incredibly creative and talented woman who has a Beatles themed cookbook in her series! There are only four questions, but I hope you enjoy learning a little about what I’m working on outside of this blog. I know I haven’t spent much time on here, but I think these four questions will help you understand why. Enjoy!
1. What am I working on?
Well, for the past two years, I’ve buried myself in research for a book I hope to write about the life of Jim Croce. I was nine years old when Jim Croce died in a plane crash and it was the first celebrity death that I remember hearing about.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
There aren’t a lot of books about Jim Croce except for the few by his widow Ingrid and two books written for children about him. I also know of two other books that are currently being written. One is by his cousin Steve and the other is by the sister of his accompanist Maury who was also killed in the plane crash 40 years ago. Except for the children’s books, most of the books are about the personal lives of the Jim and Maury, while I hope to approach my book from a more professional angle.
3. Why do I write what I do?
I don’t know what possessed me to write this book. One day I happened to stumble upon the fact that Jim Croce is buried about seven miles from my house. I decided to go visit his grave and something inside of me decided I needed to write his story. It hasn’t been an easy task…roadblocks seem to pop up everywhere. But just as soon as one roadblock appears another open road shows ups and I discover some new information. The research has been so much fun!
4. How does your writing process work?
Writing process? What writing?! LOL I’ve been so busy doing research, I don’t know when I’ll actually start writing. Every time I decide it’s time to sit down and seriously put some words on paper, I stumble on some new facts that need investigating. When I do finally get to sit down and write, my process will be to start at the very beginning and just keep writing until it’s done!
So that’s it for me and my upcoming New York Times bestseller! It’s time to pass the hat to other bloggers to find out what they’re writing about in their spare time.
Craig Vanderslice (aka CigarCraig)
Shelley Germeaux (aka Lennon Examiner)