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Press Release for RV Show booksigning – This just in…

January 23, 2015

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5 Questions with Joey Pinkney

April 11, 2011

5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Glenn Maynard, author of Strapped into an American Dream
by Joey Pinkney on March 15, 2010

JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Glenn Maynard, editor of Strapped into an American Dream
(Strategic Book Publishing)

Strapped into an American Dream captures America, whirling readers along a 35,000-mile trek through the 48 contiguous states in a rebuilt RV. Glenn Maynard brings this journey to all armchair travelers who will love the adrenaline rush.

One week after their wedding, Glenn and his wife quit their jobs, sold their cars and set out to find America. This book details how they were able to realize this dream and introduces the reader to the unique people they met and the places they visited along the path.

Travel with them through 23 National Parks, Las Vegas, Mardi Gras and dusty ghost towns. Feel the rushing wind of tornadoes and the rocking of an earthquake. Sleep on roadsides and in truck stops, shifting from state to state, risking danger in favor of a limited bank account.

It is the dream of many Americans, in all walks of life, to travel the country, but few realize this dream. Now they may do so vicariously in the reading of these adventures. Laugh along the way, but also share the terror, sorrow and humor.

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to take your adventurous trip and write Strapped Into An American Dream?

Glenn Maynard: My wife and I took a trip to Florida and were enjoying a February day in an outside whirlpool when we decided that there had to be another way. We then began to dream and thought how wonderful it would be to take a trip that most would only undertake when they retire.

We decided on all of the 48 continental states during a one year journey. I could write about it and eventually publish a book. I took detailed notes daily and became a travel correspondent for 3 newspapers along the way.

JP: What did you and your wife learn about each other in taking a trip like this?

GM: We learned that we were a great travel team, and together we moved through America really wanting to learn about its history. We both wanted the same things. We both had roles in order to make a trip of this magnitude work.

I was the one who persevered through hundreds of miles at a clip. She was the one with the map, guiding the ship to stay the course. Together we chose the attractions and the free campgrounds. Many times the plans fizzled, but we were able to create Plan B on the fly.

JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to Strapped Into An American Dream getting out to the public?

GM: The keys to my success are believing in my story, believing that it’s a story Americans want to read and having the perseverance to bring Strapped Into An American Dream to all of the people who would love to chuck it all and hit the road.

My book is not going to sell itself, although at first I thought that it might. I am onto Plan B of Marketing now, and I’m eyeing the top of the mountain. Nothing is going to stop me from rolling it over the top. I made it this far, and I do not give up on anything without a fight.

JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish Strapped Into An American Dream?

GM: My writing process is simple. When I am inspired to write, then I write. If I have nothing, then the sitting wasn’t meant to be. For this book, I spent the year writing notes on 10 legal pads, then wrote the book from the highlights of the trip.

I spent time moving from Connecticut to Colorado, and then four years later moved back to Connecticut after my divorce. We left one week following our wedding and returned on our first anniversary. I then had to rewrite the entire manuscript to focus more on the journey and less on the honeymoon.

Querie letter after querie letter and rejection after rejection followed. The years flew by, and the hope of bringing this trip to Americans fizzled. My perseverance never did. Beginning the process with note taking in 1992 until publication in 2009 may be a long time, but not when your holding a book in your hands with your name on it.

JP: What’s next for Glenn Maynard?

GM: While living out in Colorado, I also wrote a fiction book which deals with the possibilities of reincarnation. The book needs to be fine tuned, but there is a nearly completed piece of work there.

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Book Review for Strapped Into An American Dream

August 5, 2009

Strapped into an American Dream

Review by Jaimie Hall Bruzenak

Strapped into an American DreamStrapped into an American Dream by Glenn Maynard. May 3, 1992, Glenn Maynard and his new bride Tracy set out in a twenty-two foot 1978 Dodge Rockwood for a year on the road. They left from Connecticut with the goal of traveling through all of the 48 lower states plus into Canada and Mexico in their RV. They were in their 20s, had a dog and little money but this would be a great adventure.

As they leave New England, heading into the province of Quebec, Glenn writes, “…We smiled wide. We sang to the music on the radio. We bounced in our seats. We knew that this was just the beginning…But we had plenty. We had health and happiness. We had each other…”

Along the journey, they had trying times. From the shower not working to more serious mechanical problems to terrifying tornadoes and a propane explosion, they stuck to their plan. They got jobs in Arizona to shore up their bank account and make it to Mardi Gras, one of their dreams.

Their trip took place about the time my late husband Bill and I hit the road. It’s hard to think of this as “history,” but it does speak about a different time in RVing. There were few large RVs, no cell phones or Internet. Making do on an extreme budget was quite possible. You could more readily find f~ree places to park. Living in a small RV is challenging, to say the least, for any relationship! As newlyweds, Glenn and Tracy were just getting to know one another so that adds another element to their adventure.

Sixteen years later, Glenn decided to share his story. It is a step back in time for him and a look at RVing as it was not so long ago. Come ride with them and experience RVing in the early 90s. You’ll get a kick out of it! Available at Amazon.

Authors must promote their own books too

July 13, 2009

I ran my zip code through a system which locates small bookstores,  and found a couple within 10 miles from my house. The first one in Hartford, CT was a cafe with bookshelves in a very seedy area. The next one was The Book Rack in Vernon next to a very busy deli at a strip mall. I walked in and asked the woman sitting behind an office desk at the entrance if she was the owner. She said that she was and we exchanged greetings. I showed her my book, “Strapped Into An American Dream” and told her that I was with a small publisher and had to do much of the leg work. I asked her if she would be interested in either purchasing the book at a discounted rate or perhaps working out some consignment deal. I received my answer immediately. She only deals with Used Books.  Some of The Book Rack’s do carry some new, but this owner wants nothing to do with new books, and her customers come in to buy Used books. After a 10 or 15 minute discussion on this topic, she offered a booksigning at her store.  SOLD.  This was a successful day.  I told myself when I began the day of searching that I wanted one positive thing to happen. This was it. The booksigning will be at The Book Rack in Vernon, CT on Saturday, July 25th from 10 AM to 2 PM.  This will be my second book signing, and there should be a lot more traffic than the first.  This is what Authors have to do in order to promote their books.  It’s no longer a world where Authors only write books.

Small Publisher means small Marketing Budget

July 7, 2009

A small publisher is great when you want your first book published.  They allow certain titles onto the presses that otherwise wouldn’t see the light of Doubleday.  Now that you’re in, and you’re published, much of the burden is placed on the author when it comes to editing and marketing.  Now that my marketing has hit a wall, and the small publisher has done all it will do, it’s all up to me to carry the flame.  In order to keep the title moving, I hired a PR person that the publisher connected me with.  It’s several hundred dollars, but I cannot allow my dream to perish.  It’s only a few months into the campaign, and I have done all that I can do as far as marketing,  with minimal success, so I didn’t have much of a choice.  Let’s see what they can do with their connections.  I will sleep on it and dream of a Marketing Budget.

A tornado hit my town – Wethersfield, CT

July 2, 2009

A tornado hit my town of Wethersfield, CT during Friday afternoon rush hour on  June 26th, 2009.  It’s always been my fear, but never a reality. I was in Glastonbury stop and shop with my 9 year old son when it hit.  Loud thunder cracked above the roof, which then was inundated with hail.  Lighting blasted the ground and the rain and hail got bigger and faster.  Customers ran to the front of the store to look outside as the windspeed dramatically increased. I kept grabbing my son and backing up, aware of what can accompany hail.  The tornado was just a town away at the time…my town.  We lost power for 2 days.  Six houses were condemned.  Two houses about a mile away from my own were sliced in half by enoumous trees.  The National Weather Service confirmed the tornado, and a Federal Disaster team was brought in.  Four days later,  a severe thunderstorm included black skies and fast moving clouds.  The winds bursted out of nowhere as the rain slammed the ground and the trees swayed.  Not again.  I eyed the closets and tried to figure what room would be best in my one story ranch.  No room would be best.  I had no basement.  I only had fear that another tornado was consuming me as four-day-old thoughts of the first one reeked havok on my mind.  The tornado tally is still at one, but the other night I was a little gun shy.

 

National Weather Service Report On Wethersfield Tornado

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>> Wethersfield Tornado Pictures

By HILDA MUNOZ

The Hartford Courant June 29 2009

The tornado that tore through Wethersfield Friday afternoon lasted three minutes and traveled 1.7 miles, according to a report released Sunday by the National Weather Service.

The complete article can be viewed at:

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Michael Jackson lived and died in a big way

July 2, 2009

There really is nothing out of the ordinary surrounding Michael Jackson’s death.  His life was epic, and most people will not come close to what he accomplished in his life by the age of ten.  Even from that young age, his accomplishments grew in epic proportions.  Now is the moment that nobody expected.  Michael Jackson has died. The world is shocked.  This is big.  This is shocking.  This is so very much in line with the way he lived.  He could never leave us slowly at a very old age.  That would not be Michael Jackson.  He left us in the same fashion as he joined us, and as he coexisted with us.  Everything about him was large, and everything about him IS large.  I was watching a movie the other night and a Jackson 5 song came on.  I was instantly shot back to the seventies and the memories kicked in.  He is still affecting people and he always will.

Linking WordPress is NO easy task (like YouTube)

June 16, 2009

Linking blog posts from wordpress to facebook, MySpace, Twitter and other social media sites is not happening for me.  I suppose I can individually post on each site, but that would be time consuming.  However, when my Author Video appeared on YouTube, I was easily able to link to my other social media sites using the Share button which is prominently displayed on YouTube.  I am still desperately trying to figure this thing out, so one day I am going to sit down and figure it out.  Maintaining Facebook and MySpace alone is a full time job. My thinking is that if I touch one thing, then other things suffer.  Production on these sites is very important, but trying to do multiple tasks simultaneously can be counterproductive.  Ok.  tonight I am going to work on solving the mystery of this User Unfriendly WordPress.

Waiting on reviews – OUCH!

June 8, 2009

Waiting on reviews is a painful undertaking.  I have several copies of my book, “Strapped Into An American Dream” out there that were requested from my publisher, but weeks have passed.  Everyone is busy, too, especially with newspapers and all other media scaling back on staff.  USA Today and the Hartford Courant asked for review copies, then said they’re not sure if they can get to them because they’re too busy.  Reviews are too important to take lightly, so I will hound these media outlets until they finally just take care of business just to shut me up.  I can hear the wheel squeaking already.

American Idol 2009 Kris Allen

May 21, 2009

Another season of American Idol has come and gone.  Kris Allen beat Adam Lambert (the favorite of Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul).   Either of the two could have won.  Many shows are coming to an end, and my Boston Red Sox can get my undivided attention.  On the night that Kris Allen takes the crown, Big Papi hits his first homer.    Varitek hits two dingers, and Ellsbury ties a major league record with 12 putouts in center field.  Everybody wins tonight, except the Blue Jays.  Even Adam Lambert is a winner.  America will be seeing more of him, because he too will be Strapped Into An American Dream.