My dad was no stranger to television having graduated from the University of Alabama with a Broadcasting degree. When I was a kid, he directed training films for the Air Force at Maxwell AFB, and every year he volunteered as a cameraman for The March of Dimes telethon in Montgomery. He met many stars over the years, but the one who impressed him the most was Bob Denver who played the lovable goof Gilligan on Gilligan's Island. He said Denver was down to earth and personable and joked around with the crew during commercial breaks. I accompanied my dad to the telethon when I was seven or eight and got to meet Johnny Whitaker who played Jody on FAMILY AFFAIR.
EAST ALABAMA TODAY can be seen online at www.tv24.tv. Click on the "On Demand" tab at the top of the Home Page. A list of shows will pop up. Select East Alabama Today. The shows are listed by date, so today's taping should be the most recent one and should be online within the next week (and possibly by this weekend)!
I talk about the local flavor in my Cleo Tidwell Paranormal Mysteries, how I came to be a writer, and what I learned at the Odyssey Speculative Fiction Writing Workshop that made me get fiction sales instead of rejections.
If you're in the East Alabama area, the show will air the week of July 21 on the following days/times:
Tuesday 7/22: 5:30 pm
Wednesday 7/23 5:30 pm
Thursday 6:30 am & 5:30 pm
Friday 2:30 pm
I did make one little error during the interview and told Carl that my grandfather on my dad's side had been a Methodist minister. Actually, it was my great-grandfather. What can I say? I'm just glad I didn't say anything off color and outrageous (it's been known to happen).
I'm also thrilled to say that I've been invited to TV24's Oxford studio to conduct research on my next Cleo Tidwell novel TOP VAMPIRE CHEF. There's nothing like verisimilitude to anchor fiction--especially speculative fiction--to reality.