Title: Baseball’s Most Notorious Personalities: A Gallery of Rogues
Author: Jonathan Weeks
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Publish Date: May 2013
Tell us a little bit about your writing and educational background
Jonathan: I have a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from the State University of New York at Albany. I have tried my hand at nearly every form of writing over the years. That includes short stories, poetry, screenplays and young adult fiction. One of my screenplays, a science fiction piece I co-wrote with a friend, made it to the semi-finals of a contest sponsored by Amazon Studios in 2011.
What is your book about?
Jonathan: The title says it all. The book is about baseball’s bad boys. Actually, not all of them were bad. Some were unfairly stigmatized. Others were decent types who got in touch with their dark sides.
Why should readers read your book?
Jonathan: It’s fun getting the dirt on rogues. Some of my favorite players over the years—Derek Jeter and Don Mattingly for instance—are nice guys. But I would much rather read a book about Ty Cobb, who was quite possibly a sociopath. It makes for more interesting copy. Some of the most memorable characters in literature were villains.
Did you have any obstacles while writing this book? What were they?
Jonathan: I had a lot of fun writing this book and I learned quite a bit in the process. But I do work full time and have two young daughters I am very involved with. Finding time to sit down and write was tricky at times. I’m an early riser and feel that some of the best ideas come to you between 5 and 6 a.m.
Is this the first book you have ever had published? If not, please share with us what other books you have previously had published.
Jonathan: I am the author of Cellar Dwellers: The Worst Teams in Baseball History, which was published in 2012 by Scarecrow Press, and Mudville Madness: Fabulous Feats, Belligerent Behavior and Erratic Episodes on the Diamond, which is due out next spring through Taylor Trade Publishing.
Are you working on any projects right now?
Jonathan: My favorite part of any baseball book—and I read a lot of them—is the anecdotes. I believe there is a story within every boxscore and for me—the more outrageous the better! Mudville Madness is a collection of offbeat game accounts spanning three centuries. It’s not meant to be all-inclusive. I hand-picked the anecdotes I particularly liked.
What is your advice for writers wanting to turn authors out there?
Jonathan: Learn from your rejections and polish your craft. Write for the sheer joy of being creative. Most writers, including myself, had to endure a lot of rejections before finally getting published. You could wallpaper a sizeable bathroom with the rejection slips I have received. Don’t ever give up!
What made you become a writer?
Jonathan: My father was a local radio celebrity in the Albany area while I was growing up. That was his dream when he was a boy. I learned from him that some dreams are attainable and the penalty for inaction is regret. I have always wanted to be a published author. I write baseball books because I love the sport.
Who is your favorite author and why?
Jonathan: As far as baseball books go—I like Peter Golenbock. He knows how to craft a compelling narrative and he writes about my favorite team—the Yankees (shhh-don’t tell anyone I root for the so-called “Evil Empire.”) For mainstream fiction, I like Dan Brown and Michael Crichton. Brown always has something eye-opening in his books and no one did science fiction better than Crichton. I was sad when he passed away.
Where can we find you?
I also have a blog at jonathanweeks.blogspot.com. I call it Cellar Dwellers (after my first book). I post once a week.
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