I must say, it was quite a surprise to hear that Clint Eastwood wants to make a movie out of my book, “The Genuine One.” I never expected Hollywood to come calling, but you just never know these days, I guess.
It’s been a couple of months now since my fictional novel was released to the general public, and it’s taking off, apparently. I’m told by my agent, Biff Shaboom, that the book is surpassing all expectations through the Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites, and it must be true because in a couple of weeks I’m scheduled to talk about it on national public television with Charlie Rose, and after that I’ll be appearing on “The Today Show.”
So it’s off to New York for me. I’ll be sure to pack a big suitcase, because Mr. Shaboom wants to show me the town, which, of course, will include a tour of The New York Times.
The Times has been on my back for weeks, in fact, asking that I agree to write a weekly column in its book section. I told them, however, that it’s out of the question because in spite of my success I prefer staying here in Worthington and writing for the Daily Globe. I don’t think Sandy and I can be happy in the big city, frankly; we’re humble, small-town people, you know. But the editors at The Times have been so kind, I finally agreed to at least listen to them one more time.
It’s still hard to believe, looking back, that when I started writing stories I never assumed any of them would go national, let alone be on the fiction bestseller list. But that just goes to show you that dreams do come true.
I’m really looking forward to the Charlie Rose show because he’s going to introduce me to Stephen King and Salman Rushdie. I’m not a big fan of Mr. King (his books scare me), but I’m really anxious to converse with Mr. Rushdie and congratulate him for managing to stay alive since that fatwa thing, and all. I’m sure there will be a lot of happy talk on “The Today Show,” but I’m OK with that. We writers — even those of us who are serious writers — have to put up with those kinds of things in order to keep our image in front of the public. And at least I’ll get to ride in a limousine.
I ordered a black one, with a high definition TV.
Well, before I go, I suppose I’ll have to say something about the Clint Eastwood thing. Yeah, he managed to see “The Genuine One” on the Amazon site, bought it, read it, and loved it. He called me recently and said it was the most entertaining, humorous and meaningful story he has seen in years, and that when he makes his movie it will smash all the box-office records. “It’ll make ‘American Sniper’ seem like child’s play,” he actually told me.
Just who will star in the movie, I don’t know. I’ll be involved in the casting, of course, since I’m the author, but I don’t plan on being fussy about it. I’m just not that kind of guy, you know.
Anyway, before I go I should tell you about another of my books that will be coming out soon. It’s entitled, “The Old Man in Section 129,” and it’s about baseball, fathers and sons. I recently received a phone call from nationally syndicated political columnist George Will, who said he received an advance copy and plans to write a column to coincide with its official release. Mr. Will, as you may be aware, is a huge baseball fan and has written a few books on the subject.
I suppose when George’s column comes out, “The Old Man in Section 129” will cause a sensation in its own right.
But I think at this point — April 1, 2015 — everybody should relax. As I said before, I don’t plan on accepting any of the lucrative offers that are sure to come. Sandy and I love it in Worthington and plan on retiring here.
A little richer, and a little more famous, of course. But like I said, we’re humble people and intend on remaining that way.