Archive for the ‘Strapped Into An American Dream’ Category

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

Wethersfield, CT Library speaking engagement

February 21, 2011

Here is a link from the Wethersfield CT Public Library website which lists my appearance at the Wethersfield Public Library in…that’s right…Wethersfield, CT. Tuesday, March 1st is the date and 7PM is the time. March 1st is nearly Springtime, and hopefully it comes soon because I’m still trying to thaw out from the Whale Bowl on Saturday. Spring is not quite here yet, so why not go to your local library and check out authors who speak about their books through the Friends of the Library. These events are free and open to the public, and a good way to spend an evening…especially a cold evening.

Released: Softcover of ‘Strapped Into An American Dream’

July 23, 2010

Contact: Ellen Green, Press Manager –
Phone: 888-808-6190 – Corporate Office
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Now Available in Softcover
New Memoir Recounts Amazing Cross-Country Journey
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
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:
Or at or
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

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

WTIC AM morning show interview September 1st

August 25, 2009

I have been booked on the WTIC AM morning radio show on Tuesday, September 1st at 8:50 am.  It’s the Ray Show, but Diane Smith is filling in for Ray.  Let’s call it the Diane Show.  I will be calling in to the show and they will interview me Live on the air for about 7 minutes. People will be driving to work listening to me answer questions about my book, “Strapped Into An American Dream.”  They will then have to slam on the brakes and pull to the side of the road so they can write down my name and the title of my book for later purchase. I hope this doesn’t cause a problem.

Strapped Into An American Dream now available on Ebay

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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.

Hartford Courant contact

July 21, 2009

I received a phone call today from a reporter with The Hartford Courant who will be interviewing me for a feature story in the Courant’s Sunday Arts & Entertainment section.  However, since my signing is Saturday, which will be one day prior to the feature story, they needed to reschedule to coincide with my next book signing.  I will have my sights on my hometown of Glastonbury, CT for this next event. In the meantime, I will have a book signing on Saturday, July 25th at The Book Rack in Vernon CT.

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.