Today, My Pet Blog is in the hands of author Mark Koopmans and his brand new release Revival—The Donald Braswell Story.
Take it away, Mark!
Ending the second week of the REVIVAL – The Donald Braswell Story Tour, I’m delighted to stop by and bother the sweet MJ, who asked for none of this on Friday the 13th (but is a sucker for a bald guy shaking a cup and pleading for a book…(Thank you, thank you, I’ll let myself out…)
MJ asked about the challenges—and perks—of writing a memoir.
Probably the hardest part, for me, in the whole process was “learning” Donald’s voice. We held dozens of in-person, or over-the-phone interviews, but it was the hours and hours of recorded interviews that I leaned on to become skilled at Donald’s “isms.”
(During the first draft, there was a lot of email back-and-forth as I figured out, for example, that “y’all” isn’t actually used in every second sentence as spoken by native Texans!)
Another challenge was simply finding the time to get together. Both of us had “regular” jobs, so our meetings were sometimes confirmed the night before.
One reason why it was so important to me to meet (rather than an easy phone call and simpler email) was I preferred to watch Donald’s body language as he spoke. (Even if I didn’t need the info for the particular section of the book, it did show me how Donald liked to sit, stand, drive, talk, gesture, etc.
Probably the best perk of the whole project was when Donald would belt out a tune or a line to show me exactly what he meant, or how it was supposed to sound.
The man has a deep pair of lungs, people!
Ever dealt with (overcome) long-distance writing with a partner/subject?
Thanks, MJ, for having me (us!) over today and I wish everyone reading a great weekend.
On Monday, I’ll be back, and this time Yolanda Renee is interested in some general memoir tips.
Following the hit-and-run accident that steals his voice and future, the “Texas Tenor” struggles with
depression and despair—until the night his daughter, Aria, is born. Understanding this new and
immediate life change, Braswell fights to relearn how to speak, sing—and share this gift of second chances with others.
Working as a plasterer, a car salesman, and many jobs in-between, it takes thirteen years—and a musical miracle—for Braswell to battle back and sing on a professional stage. His dreams and ambitions collide with a tired and angry crowd when he auditions for America’s Got Talent. For his family, his faith and his entire future, can the Rocky Balboa of the operatic world find the courage and strength to win just one more fight?
Where To Find Revival—The Donald Braswell Story
● Pen-L Publishing
● Barnes & Noble
About The Authors:
Find his blog at markkoopmans.blogspot.com.
Find him at donaldbraswell.com.
● GRAND PRIZE (2 winners): Donald Braswell to sing (Happy Birthday/Anniversary) via
Skype or phone call. (A unique gift idea!)
● 1ST PLACE PRIZE: Signed Donald Braswell CD/REVIVAL book combo
● 2nd, 3rd and 4th PLACE PRIZES: Signed copies of REVIVAL (by Donald and Mark)
● 5th, 6th and 7th PLACE PRIZES: Signed copies of Donald Braswell CDs
● 8th, 9th, and 10th PLACE PRIZES: Signed Donald Braswell 8x10 picture
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