William Hazelgrove answered some questions for me.
What are your favorite books?
Remains of the Day. Then we came to the End. Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Straight Man. Nobodies Fool. To Kill A Mockingbird. The Corrections. Freedom
Classics or new?
Probably a mix between classics and new
ebooks or hardback?
Again I do a real mix although I have a lot of books on my kindle.
What do you want your readers to get from your books?
Well I want to tell a good story first. But then I want the characters to be memorable. But I want them to feel a bit more enlightened when they finish. The Pitcher is an uplifting novel in that people find their way after a long struggle. I think most people can relate to that. Few people have it made and are not without some sort of struggle to find their place.
Do you ever go back and reread a book?
I reread books every day. Short stories and novels. I am a chronic re reader. If a book is really good then it is like reading it for the first time every time.
Thank you for answering my questions.
“I never knew I had an arm until this guy called out, “Hey you want to try and get a ball in the hole, sonny?” I was only nine, but mom said, “come on, let’s play.” This Carney guy with no teeth and a fuming cigarette hands me five blue rubber balls and says if I throw three in the hole we win a prize. He’s grinning, because he took mom’s five bucks and figures a sucker is born every minute. That really got me, because we didn’t have any money after Fernando took off, and he only comes back to beat up mom and steal our money. So I really wanted to get mom back something, you know, for her five bucks.”
A boy with a golden arm but no money for lessons. A mother who wants to give her son his dream before she dies. A broken down World Series pitcher who cannot go on after the death of his wife. These are the elements of The Pitcher. A story of a man at the end of his dream and a boy whose dream is to make his high school baseball team. In the tradition of The Natural and The Field of Dreams, this is a mythic story about how a man and a boy meet in the crossroads of their life and find a way to go on. You will laugh and you will cry as The Pitcher and Ricky prepare for the ultimate try out of life.
Author William Hazelgrove
William Hazelgrove is the best selling author of five novels, Ripples, Tobacco Sticks Mica Highways and Rocket Man and The Pitcher His books have received starred reviews in Publisher Weekly, Book of the Month Selections, Junior Library Guild Selections, ALA Editors Choice Awards and optioned for the movies. He was the Ernest Hemingway Writer in Residence where he wrote in the attic of Ernest Hemingway’s birthplace. He has written articles and reviews for USA Today and other publications. His latest novel Rocket Man due out May 1, 2013 was chosen Book of the Year by Books and Authors.net. He runs a political cultural blog, The View From Hemingway’s Attic. A forthcoming novel, The Pitcher will be out Sept 1, 2013. He lives in Chicago.
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