Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Today I start writing my book

In the last almost 5 years I have been through one hell of an ordeal with the local prosecutors office, the state of Alabama, the courts and the election grinder. All along the way I have written about those very personal experiences and now have quite a large collection of stories.

My readers have compared me to Hunter S. Thompson, Mark Twain and Lewis Grizzard one too many times for me not to start thinking about writing a book of my own. I know I am no where near deserving of the comparisons to the three greatest writers ever (at least in my book)but, maybe one day I will be. The general responses I get from the things I write tell me there is a wide audience available out there for some Southern style Gonzo. I have long been a huge fan of Lewis Grizzard and miss his books and columns in the AJC. The South is in dire need of a good humorist and I am about to try and fit that bill. I'll still keep this blog updated, hopefully on a daily basis, but y'all bare with me if I skip a few days here and there.



6 comments:

DNabb said...

Hell Yea Loretta! Write that book and I'll definitely read it. Especially if it resembles Lewis Grizzard and his Grizzardisms.

Don said...

Go girl! I know you can do it.

Loretta Nall said...

I'd have to say Lewis Grizzard is my all time favorite writer. I lived in Germany for about two years back in the early 90's. My husband was in the army and I was an 18-year-old housewife with a tiny new baby. I had never been outside the state of Alabama before and I cannot overstate how much I missed home. Talk about culture shock!

While browsing the book store on post one day I came across the Lewis Grizzard collection and remembered some snippets from my childhood. My older cousin had been a big fan.

I bought one of the books, took it home and promptly devoured it. I laughed til I cried and laughed some more. I went back the next day and bought the entire set. Reading them made me feel like I was at home in Alabama. His books helped me deal with major depression resulting from homesickness and I was and still am truly grateful for this man and his life's work.

He died while I was still in Germany and I cried my eyes out when I saw the AJC's tribute to him. It consisted of Lewis meeting up with his beloved dog "Catfish" and walking through the pearly gates. It was beautiful!

Anonymous said...

How can I pre-order?

Loretta Nall said...

Anonymous...I have a couple of friends in BHAM who are looking at setting up a pre order page and all of the stuff on that end. I'll keep you posted.

Dan said...

I'll buy it (or read a complimentary copy).