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Michigan Strikes Again

April 3, 2016

If you’re interested in entering a Goodreads giveaway for a free book, and you live in Michigan, then your odds of winning are increased exponentially. I’m not sure what it is about Michigan, but that state always surprises me. Even while traveling through the state during my one-year journey through America in an RV, I found something extra special about Michigan. Whether it was the people we met or the places we navigated through, we left with an unexpected satisfaction. Maybe it was the friendly  people or the friendly police we ran into a couple of times at campgrounds. Maybe it was the Upper Peninsula and our side trip to Mackinac Island. Perhaps it was the beautiful Pictured Rocks, the Soo Locks train ride to Canada, or Lake Huron. This was quite a combination.

Then comes my Goodreads Giveaway. I decided to give away a copy of my three books. My two paranormal books were offered worldwide, and my travel book was offered just to readers in the United States. The paranormal books went to Canada and Michigan. My travel book, Strapped into an American Dream, also went to Michigan. I sent it off today. Amazing odds for Michigan, considering that over 4,300 people entered the contests. The contest ended this week, and the book was mailed today.

Note to Winner: After sealing the envelope, I looked and saw my personalized note on the table. I had to force open one side and slide in the folded note, then tape it shut. Enjoy my books Michigan!


Better CT appearance for RV Show

January 20, 2016

Tomorrow at 3PM I will be on the television news show Better CT to talk about my year on the road living in an RV while hitting the 48 continental states. The RV Show is at the CT Convention Center this weekend (snow or shine). I will be talking about my travels at the RV  Show and signing books from 10 AM – 4 PM. That’s a lot of talking. I will also have copies of my two fiction books available as well, Desert Son and sequel Wayward Soul. Hope to see you there!

RV Show website:

My Website: 

Press Release for RV Show booksigning – This just in…

January 23, 2015

Think of Spring with the Northeast Connecticut RV & Camping Show coming this Weekend

January 19, 2015

I will be doing a book signing at the Northeast Recreational Vehicle & Camping Show at the Connecticut Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday (January 24th and 25th) from 10 AM to 4 PM. I will be signing copies of my book, “Strapped Into An American Dream,” which details my one year journey through the 48 continental states in an RV. I will also have copies of my latest book, “Desert Son,” available for purchase. This signing was announced in The Hartford Courant and The Glastonbury Citizen last week, and Mike Cameron will announce my appearance on Channel 3 News (WFSB) this coming Saturday. Attached is a link to the RV Show as well as my website for further details of my books. Let’s get thinking about spring in the middle of winter and get out of hibernation and into dreams of warmer weather. One month from today Spring Training starts for Major League Baseball, so I can almost smell it!

Interview with Author of “Strapped Into An American Dream”

July 11, 2011

Click here for full interview!

Glenn Maynard – Strapped into an American Dream
by Cathy B Stucker

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

Strapped into an American Dream captures America, whirling readers along a 35,000-mile trek through the 48 contiguous states in a rebuilt RV. I married, and my wife and I quit our jobs, sold our cars, put all of our belongings in storage and hit the road. We risked our future to satisfy the present, and now we have memories for a lifetime. I wrote about the great times as well as the brushes with death along this risky path.

Tell us something about yourself.

I was born in Glastonbury, CT and went to school at UCONN in Storrs, CT. My summer vacations were at the beach in RI every summer growing up, so I hadn’t been west of NY at the time of my journey. I had always wanted to have my name on the cover of a book, and I received my English degree and my desire to travel in my early twenties. I needed to build credibility, so I decided to travel and write about it as a travel correspondant in the local papers as I made my way through the country. I got two papers interested, which resulted in 20 published articles. I now had the credibility I would need to eventually get my book published.

What inspired you to write this book?

When my wife and I decided to travel, I knew it would be the inspiration behind a book. I wanted to fill the book with great stories of living on the road. The only problem was that there were so many stories I had to cut a lot out, but I knew it was the best it could be.

How did you choose the title?

The title just came to me as I was thinking about sitting in the RV ready to take off on our journey. My family was around us, we were about to live the American dream, and we could hear the simultaneous click of our seatbelts; we were strapped into an American dream.

What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?

When I divorced after 5 years, I had to take the book back from my agent, rewrite it to make it more of a travel book and less of a honeymoon book, rename it, and start the publishing quest all over again.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

Ever since I was in First Grade I was writing creative stories that stuck out to my teachers. I began writing longer stories about events in my life. When I went to college I would get cash sent from home, and started writing funny poems of thanks. The cash began coming faster, and from more family members, wanting a good laugh. I was an English major, and knew I had to do something with it.

Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?

I heard that publishing a book is hard, but marketing it is the hardest part. That is the truth. I am constantly working at marketing my book even after two years. I learned a lot from the signing of the contract to the first time I held a copy of my book in my hand. I felt that I had been a part of every step in the publishing of my book.

If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?

It would be an easy answer for me to say that I would go with a bigger publisher who promised more marketing, but being a first-time author and already having too much time pass, I decided to sign the contract with the small publisher. Next time I would do it differently, but I couldn’t do it differently the first time.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

I have a fiction book about the paranormal, including an out-of-body experience, hypnosis and reincarnation. It is with an agent and she has submitted to publishers for consideration.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

If you want to write a book…write it. Be very careful before signing a contract, and be very ready to promote your own book. The only person truly interested in your book is you (unless you’re Stephen King or Oprah).

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

My book is perfect for Rvers, campers, retirees, anybody who likes to travel, or anybody who ever had the desire to chuck it all and hit the open road.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

Publisher’s website:

Soft Cover Press Release

July 26, 2010

PR Log – Global Press Release Distribution
Strapped Into An American Dream – New Memoir Recounts Amazing Cross-Country Journey
By Strategic Book Group
Dated: Jul 21, 2010
Strapped into an American Dream captures America, whirling readers along a 35,000-mile trek through
the 48 contiguous states in a rebuilt RV.
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 then 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. Share the terror,
sorrow, and humor — strapped into an American dream.
STRAPPED INTO AN AMERICAN DREAM (ISBN: 978-1-60976-030-4) will be available on July 20,
2010, for $16.99 and can be ordered through the publisher’s website: http://
Or at or http://
Wholesalers please email
About the Author: Glenn Maynard has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of
Connecticut, and a degree in Communications. After spending 4 years living in Denver, Colorado, he
returned home to Connecticut and now resides in Wethersfield. Glenn has a 9 year-old son named Andrew.
As a travel correspondent for three newspapers while exploring the United States, Canada and Mexico
during his one-year journey, Glenn published a total of twenty newspaper articles. His story was captured
on the NBC local news upon his return.
Strategic Book Group
P.O. Box 333 Durham, CT 06422
http:// – http:// – http://
Strategic Book Group specializes in promoting the works of new and previously undiscovered writers. We
make books available to bookstores and Internet distributors throughout the United States and Europe. SBG
is aggressively seeking new talent.
Category Books, Entertainment, Lifestyle
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PR Log – Global Press Release Distribution
Tags american dream, cross-country journey, Travel, adventure, rv
Email Click to email author
Phone 888-808-6190
Fax 888-808-6190
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State/Province New York
Zip 10022
Country United States
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Book Signing Photos

January 24, 2010

Photos from my book signing at the Northeast RV & Camping Show at the CT Convention Center.

Northeast RV & Camping Show-Hartford,CT

True Story: I saw a ghost!

October 5, 2009

A couple of weeks ago, my girlfriend Linda and I decided to take a post-dinner walk through old wethersfield, when we came upon a cemetery. Her daughter Caitlin and my son Andrew wanted to enhance that plan. They had been bitten by the holloween bug after our stroll through the Holloween store that day. Although it was pitch black, we agreed to walk the inroad slowly into the cemetery, but not too far in. A second inroad paralell to us, but quite a distance away, carried with it a couple of people dressed in white. It looked like they were briskly walking into the cemetery as if they were on a powerwalk, even though visability was low. We decided to just move on out since the last thing we wanted was to do was run into people in a pitch black cemetery. Upon departure, we walked on the other side of the street and tried to see if we could see the walkers dressed in white, but it was too dark and we couldn’t see anything. This weekend Caitlin was exploring the internet for a class trip she was going to take through that very cemetery. She discovered something that was very creepy and sent a shiver down the four spines involved. The cemetery we had walked in that night is known to be haunted, and there was further mention of “Ladies in White walking the cemetery at night.” We had seen a ghost!

Creative book placement (outside the box)

August 24, 2009

There’s a small barber shop in town with the owner being a 50ish firecracker named Diane. I sit in the on-deck circle and she’ll talk to me as she’s cutting someones hair. It’s a little nook, but there’s always someone coming or going, and it’s like a family. This little nook in Wethersfield, CT is now the first physical location where my book, “Strapped Into An American Dream” can be purchased. I placed five books with her to see what she can do, and if she sells them to her customers, then I’ll place more in her store. I have to start somewhere, and my publisher suggested I do this, so here we go. I will place books there as I search for a second location in which to place my book. Meanwhile, my PR person is trying to get my book into the big chain bookstores like Barnes & Noble and Borders.

Strapped Into An American Dream now available on Ebay

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