I’m happy to announce my first guest writer on my blog today: Barry Rothman, author of Mary Ann Or Ginger. Before I get into his book, I want to explain my connection to Mr. Rothman. I met him during my junior year of college a few years ago, when he had just finished self-publishing his book. At the time, I had this great idea for a story to write but didn’t know whether I should’ve actually written it (my current WIP: Let Go). Anyway, after I gave him the blurb, he encouraged me to put it down on paper. He told me he enjoyed writing his book since it gave him the greatest fulfillment ever (now I finally see what he meant!). You could say Barry was the first person to encourage me to become a writer, and who knows? I probably wouldn’t be writing if I hadn’t met him. A native of Ohio, he spent many years living and working as an attorney in places such as San Diego and Denver.
I recently ran into Barry while running errands in a local pharmacy in Sarasota, Florida. He was happy to hear about my current writing progress, and I asked him if we would like to be a guest on my blog. I have to admit, he does not have as big of a following as many published writers do, so I thought this would help him attract more potential readers.
Barry Rothman’s non-fiction book, Mary Ann or Ginger, chronicles his romantic experiences from his first girlfriend at the tender age of 5. Yes! I couldn’t believe that myself when he told me that, but then again I had my first kiss in the first grade! Anyways, he shares his romantic experiences, both good and bad, from that first moment to the present. Through his stories, he talks about the women he should have married and the ones he was glad he didn’t; some women left him running for his life! (not literally, of course). His book can be found on Amazon, and you can get more information about his book and himself, by clicking on the book title in the first sentence.
I read this book awhile back, and I found it to be insightful, funny and engaging. Finding love, as we all know, is complicated; some people are lucky to find it, others spend a lifetime trying to find it. This would be a great read for those in a relationship, as well as those conducting their partner-search. Mary Ann or Ginger gives tips on what to do on dates, especially if you are doing the online dating thing. It even shows examples of ugly dating scenarios and the lessons you can learn from them. Mr. Rothman has tried some of the most popular dating sites out there, and he even shares his opinions about them, which I really enjoyed!
Barry Rothman was kind enough to answer some questions, which I thought you might want to ask him also:
1. Why did you decide to write this book? What or who influenced you to write it?
I wrote the book at the urging of my friend actress Sondra Locke who liked the stories I had to tell about travelling the world looking for my soul mate.
2. How long did it take to write and edit the book?
I wrote and edited it from 2007 to 2009.
3. How did you get it published?
When the first self-published edition came out, the book did well enough that my publisher contracted for me to do a second NON-self-published edition which took me a year to complete.
4. Who would enjoy this book? That is, who would you recommend the book to?
I expected that my audience would be men from 20 on up. However, my audience is composed of about 80% women of all ages as they seem to enjoy the humor and relate to the stories.
So I hope you will take the time to visit his website, and perhaps buy the book. The book also has a Facebook fan page. Thanks for stopping by, and to you Barry Rothman, thank you so much for being my guest. Good luck with everything!