Okay, I admit it. I made up these FAQ's. But if you'll send me your questions, I'll plug them in.
How did you decide to write "Incomplete Passes"?
It all started about 1984. I woke up one day and had a revelation: I'm older than just about every player in the National Football League (I turned 37 that year) and I've never slept with one of them. And now that I'm this old, I'm never going to get to! I was panicking because I wasn't young anymore, but I also saw the humor in this premise and wrote the book and lyrics for a musical comedy, "Third and Long."
Was your show ever produced?
No, unfortunately it wasn't, because I never found a collaborator to provide the music for my lyrics. A few years ago, I decided to publish the script in book form. I wrote down a few anecdotes from my past (growing up in Green Bay, Wisconsin) to provide a sort of back-story for the play. But most of the people who read it liked the memoir chapters better than the play. I had to subordinate the play to the memoir, and that's how I came up with "Incomplete Passes" in its present form.
You write about three friends from your childhood with whom you now travel to Green Bay. How do they feel about your writing "Incomplete Passes"?
They have been very supportive. They've read the manuscript at several stages and have made a few corrections. When we've gone up to Green Bay the past couple of years, it's been sort of a working trip for me. I needed to get material for the book, and now for my website and blog. I'm always afraid that will get in the way of our vacation together. But my friends have been great. They've been very patient about going to bookstores (we all love to read) and with my saying, "Can I quote you?"
You gave your friends pseudonyms, but you used your real name as the author. Why did you make that decision?
Frankly, I wrote the book and I wanted recognition for that. But as I said to my friends, I thought I should give them deniability. "Del," for instance — I actually discuss her sex life in the book. She's still working as a real estate agent. In case one of her clients reads the book, she doesn't need them thinking about her sexual experiences instead of the house she's trying to sell them.
Where did the title "Incomplete Passes" come from?
There's the obvious football reference, and of course the idea of "making a pass." But I also see "Incomplete Passes" as a metaphor for all the things in life that don't turn out the way we planned them. For example, I studied broadcasting in college and now I work in an animal shelter. Incomplete Passes ...