Saturday, February 5, 2011

Interview & Give away with Jerry Pearlman "Tale of a Baseball Dream"

Tale of A Baseball Dream
Thank you so much to Jerry for offering to do an interview with us. You can read our review of  "Tale of a Baseball Dream" HERE.


THE COVER: The cover of the book is actually a picture Jerry took took of his son playing baseball. He enhanced it with various photo programs & came out with a GORGEOUS cover (I think it is SO COOL this is his SON)! In the upper left hand corner is a face in the stadium...do you see it? This is a memorial to Jerry's late Father In Law. This is the BEST cover story I have ever known!

First and formost: Let's meet the author!!


BCM: Welcome Jerry. Tell us in 5 words how you would describe your book?
  • JP:  “Not Just Another Baseball Story!   Can I add several random words?   God, faith, childhood, fun, baseball, love, determination, destiny, family, emotions, memories, dreams, practice, pizza, home runs.”

BCM: What inspired you to write "Tale of a Baseball Dream"?
  • JP: “It took just one sentence that I spoke to my son at dinner.  We were  casually joking around, and I told him: You just might be the one who helps break ‘The Curse of the Bambino!’  After that conversation, ideas just started to flow, so I wrote them down. That was in 2002, and in 2004 the Red Sox won the World Series, so at the time I did not think my story would work.  Years later I began to realize that the story could actually be ‘universal,’ so I rewrote it.”
BCM: Tell us about your publisher, Family First Productions, Inc 
  • JP:   “Family First Productions, Inc is a company I started with the intention of helping bring families together.  My intention is try and help influence families to spend more ‘quality time’ together.  Whether it is reading, eating dinner together, going to a ball game, or just keeping communication more open between parents and children.  I feel I can contribute by connecting families to books, events, and just basic knowledge.  I have a passion to contribute in the area of helping against bullying.”

BMC: How did you come up with the story line for Tale of a Baseball Dream?
  • JP: “It just flowed. After I came up with the idea, I didn’t sleep for several days. I’d try to go to sleep, and I’d think of something else to go with the story. I’d have to get up, turn on the light and write it down. It was kind of annoying, but it was really exciting too.” 
BCM: Have you always wanted to be a writer?
  • JP:  “No.  I had no intention of being a writer.  I seem to think of a lot of ideas though, and I write them down.  I was previously a serious guitar player, and I had a habit of always putting my new ideas for music on tape.  It just seemed natural to me, that when I have an interesting thought or idea, to write it down.”
BCM: Do you have any advice for budding writers?
  • JP: “Yes.  Write down, or record all of your ideas.  You never know when something spontaneous will turn out to be a great story!  Whether it is writing, or anything else that you strive to do, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it.  Not everything is for everybody, (for instance, no matter how hard I try, I just can’t sing) but I believe that everyone does have ‘treasure’ within them, and they should attempt to discover what that treasure is, and develop it.  I would like to urge parents to encourage their children to pursue their passions and talents, and provide them the opportunity to develop those talents.  I spent many hours with my son practicing baseball, which gave him a chance to have many ‘positive’ experiences.  I would also caution to not ‘push’ a child to pursue something only because it was a dream of the parent, but to be open to what is right for that particular child.”

BCM: What can we expect in the future from a writing aspect?
  • JP:“I have some ideas, but I’d rather not share them at this time.”


 BCM: Are you a big baseball fan? What is your favorite baseball memory?
  • JP: “Yes, I am a ‘huge’ baseball fan.   When I was 8 years old, I used to carry my transistor radio with me to listen to the baseball games. (they weren’t on TV back then, except on Sundays.)  For some reason, every pitch was important to me.   I have so many baseball memories.  Some of the times I enjoyed the most though, were the times I took my son and his friends early to the games to watch batting practice before the games.  We would take our gloves to try and catch batting practice home runs.  They let you keep the baseballs!  Also, when my son played Junior College Baseball, I used to drive 340 miles each way on the weekends to watch his games.  I loved watching his games!”

BCM: Any final words for your future readers?
  • JP: “I just hope they love the story, and can take away something that will help them in their lives. Life is full of challenges, obstacles and even disappointments, but stay positive and the rewards are tremendous!”

     “I would like to thank you and Books Complete Me for this interview.”


Jerry's book "Tale of a Baseball Dream" offically releases TODAY! Guess what that means? G-I-V-E-A-W-A-Y!!! Not just one book but five (5). Jerry has generously offered 5 SIGNED copies of his new book. If you have a soft spot for baseball, a child that loves to read or just want "a good lesson in life that makes you laugh & cry" story, then you came to the right place! 


To enter the chance to win an one of five copies of "Tale of a Baseball Dream" signed by Author Jerry Pearlman, fill out the form below: 
  • you must comment on this interview by: +1=What you liked about the interview or you can Ask Jerry a question  
  • You must be a BCM follower to enter. Giveaway limited to U.S/Canada only. 
  • As always, you can earn an extra entry (each) for +1 tweeting and +1 facebooking this giveaway (post your links in the entry form) 
  • For an extra point +1, "Like" Jerrys "Tale of a Baseball Dream" on Facebook & Twitter
  • Contest will end on 2/12/11
Want your very own copy of "Tale of a Baseball Dream" now?  CLICK HERE  to order a copy!





10 comments:

  1. I grew up attending baseball games with my dad. He really instilled in me a love for baseball. Wherever we go I love to catch a baseball game. My favorite stadium is the Giants. I love sitting on the bay watching baseball. It's heaven. We lived in AZ when the Diamondback won the world series. It was AWESOME! This looks like a fun book and I'd love to read and review it. Great interview.

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  2. My family and I LOVE baseball and we are HUGE Chicago Cubs fans! There are many stories about the Cubs being cursed and I have to admit there are times when I believe it!! I think this book sounds great and I cannot wait to read it! Jerry you mention the Red Sox in the interview, is that your favorite team? Looking forward to reading your book. Congrats on the release!

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  3. Hi Aimee!

    I'm glad you are thinking about baseball! It's just around the corner! Were you a Giants fan last year when they won the World Series? I hope so! I've been in and around Houston most of my life... No World Series wins yet... There's new hope though! I'm an Astro's fan, but I like a lot of other teams too!
    Jerry Pearlman

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  4. Hi Mandy,

    Yes, I've heard stories about the Cubs being "cursed." Just remember, the Red Sox went through their struggles with what many described as a "curse," but look at them now!

    I'm not a big Red Sox fan, but I like them okay! I was happy for them finally winning a World Series after about 86 years.

    I think the Cubs are next to win the World Series!

    There are a lot of "great" Cubs fans out there, & I think they are more than deserving to celebrate a World Series win this year!

    Thank you for your comments!
    Jerry Pearlman

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  5. I really liked this author interview! First, it involves baseball! Second, I liked the fact that the author's company started with trying to bring families together. I hope when our kids are older we will be able to connect and really support them. Finally the advice given to writers or those thinking of writing was great. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book. Would love to be able to read it with my son someday!

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  6. Thanks for the chance to win!!

    I loved the interview...especially the part about Jerry not planning on being a writer!!

    After raising 3 kids in baseball and softball, I am sure I will enjoy this book!!

    Great Interview MIN!!

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  7. Being a die hard Yankee fan formerly of NJ, with a special needs 6 yr old....this book sounds great!

    Loved the interview, especially a five word description that ended up being 20 words. Great job on the interview, Mindy!!!

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  8. Sounds like a great book! I do have a question for Jerry though: Who is your favorite baseball player, past and present?

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  9. Hi Laura!

    I would have to say that my favorite baseball player would of been Jimmy Wynn. (The Toy Cannon) If my memory serves me correctly I went to the 1st game he ever played. He was a Colt '45 & the game was at old Colt Stadium, which was later part of the parking lot when they built the Astrodome. He hit a double & a homerun that game & I was probably 8 year old, & had never seen anything like it!
    Thank you for the question.
    Jerry

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  10. Sorry Laura,

    I almost left without answering your entire question.

    Your question is tough for me because I have a lot of players I like for different reasons.

    I would have to say that my current favorite player is Jose' Valverde. He is a very passionate player. I consider him a "warrior." He is a "closer" & I've seen him so determined that he finished a game almost on just 1 leg after getting hit in the knee with a line drive. He could barely walk, but he stayed in the game.
    Thanks again for your question.
    Jerry

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