Thursday, June 16, 2011
Guest Blogger: Jim Baugh
"Hooked" Is Coming Soon!!!!
“HOOKED” is based on the true-life story of Virginia outdoor television producer Jim Baugh. Jim Baugh Outdoors TV is one of Americas most diverse and entertaining outdoor programs and has been in syndication since 1989.
“HOOKED” is a hilarious look behind the scene stories of filming a southern outdoor TV show. From the Chesapeake Bay to Key West these on location excursions will make your sides hurt with laughter. A cast of sea faring characters full of color and humor. From the docks in Gloucester Virginia to the Atlantic Ocean and a boat load of jolly swashbuckling Pirates. The stories and characters in “HOOKED” are timeless and span a period of over forty years.
In contrast, “HOOKED” also explores the solemn drama of dealing with divorce, death, and mental illness.
The story also delves into the totally crazy insane world of mid-life on-line computer dating. This is a hilarious look at dating in the computer world after 25 years of solid marriage. These “Dating” stories are contemporary, racy, scary, cheerful, timeless, and based on true events. Anyone who is old enough to date will soon relate to “HOOKED” as the comical reference for dating in the new millennium.
This adult romantic comedy story also relates to the power and testament of faith.
50 Years of an exciting action packed extremely charismatic colorfull life and career, packed into 28 chapters . It is a fast ride for sure.
Bio: Jim Baugh has been producing National and Regional television shows for 25 years. Programs include: Jim Baugh Outdoors TV (220 episodes), Ski East, Classic Fishing. Fishing Virginia and, RV Times.
Jim Baugh has written over 300 columns for numerous magazines during the last 20 years including: Motor boating Magazine, Fishing Smart, The Chesapeake Angler, The Sportsman Magazine and Travel Virginia Magazine.
Jim Baugh's Interview Part One:
When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?
I started off writing music at age eight, then continued and eventually got a degree in music. I started writing copy and script in radio over thirty years ago and have been writing columns for magazines for the past 20 years. The Chesapeake Angler, Motorboating Magazine, Travel Virginia Magazine, etc. I first wanted to write a screenplay when I was in my early forties about 10 years ago.
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
“HOOKED” is my first book. However I have written over 300 magazine columns and hundreds of blogs. I also have my own cooking DVD.
How many books have you written? Which one is your favorite?
“HOOKED” is the first book
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
Pretty much non stop. I wrote the book in 12 days. It took a lot longer to edit, but the initial manuscript was done in 12 days
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Probably writing phonetically. I have done voice over work for thirty years and I always write phonetically to help my voice over read. This does make editing a real bitch.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Real life. Everything I write has happened to me at one time or another.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Produce Jim Baugh Outdoors TV, write and perform music, fish, drink rum with sand under my feet looking at blue water. Chase the red head, play with my Chocolate Lab, and I have six Parakeets. I breed them.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
Just how hard it can be emotionally. The old saying, “Writing is easy, just sit at your typewriter and bleed”. Very true. Many times I would have to walk away because I was so distraught with emotion. It was very difficult at times. On the other side, I never laughed as hard in my life. Compacting so many elements onto so few pages, can be overwhelming at times.
What do you think makes a good story?
For me a story has to be compelling and also have clever wit. Humor is a big plus for me.
Do you have any suggestions to help someone become a better writer?
Yes. Sit at your typewriter and bleed like the wrest of us!
Seriously, write what you want straight from the soul. Never look back and don’t take any prisoners.