Welcome to the five hundred and forty-first of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, biographers, agents, publishers and more. Today’s is with non-fiction author Fred Lucas. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further.
Morgen: Hello, Fred. It’s great that you could join me today. Please tell us something about yourself.
Fred: I am the White House correspondent for CNSNews.com, and have reported on politics for more than a dozen years.
Morgen: You write non-fiction, how do you decide what to write about?
Fred: As a news reporter, I generally write about breaking events. During that time, the political impact of talk radio was evident, and I wanted to explore the roots of that. It is not something that can be explored in a short article, or even a long article. And considering the popularity of political talk radio, I thought it would produce a lot of interest.
Fred: Yes. It’s available on Kindle. And yes, I read e-books. But I haven’t given up on the old fashioned books yet.
Morgen: Very few people I’ve spoken to have. Most are like me, where I read paper books at home but take my iPad with me when I go away. Did you have any say in the titles / covers of your books? How important do you think they are?
Fred: I did have a say in the title. There were some suggestions between myself and History Publishing Company. I’m happy to say they went with my suggestion. It wasn’t my first suggestion, and the give and take helped improve on the title I had considered.
Morgen: I think it’s vital to have a second opinion on anything, especially editing the writing, because we’re always too close and as the cliché goes, two heads are better than one. Apart from spotting anomalies, my editor and first readers come up with some great suggestions, which clearly worked for you too. Do you manage to write every day? Do you ever suffer from writer’s block?
Fred: I spent about nine months writing the book, and never really suffered writer’s block. It was so much fun to research and write about all these interesting characters that have dominated the airwaves for so many decades. The remarkable thing about talk radio is that it not only survived but thrived during so many different media revolutions.
Morgen: They said when the television came out that it would threaten the existence of cinema and, although it’s had a bumpy ride over the years it’s thriving now too. With so many gadgets on which to watch, read and listen it’s a great time to be an author, reader, viewer. Thank you again so much for taking time out for myself and my readers. It’s much appreciated.
I then invited Fred to provide a synopsis of his book…
American politics was transformed from the time a WABC manager told Rush Limbaugh, “You’re kidding yourself if you think we’ll ever carry your national show,” to the day an establishment Republican senator griped “talk radio is running America.” Limbaugh ignited a new generation of talkers such as Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck helping to define the Conservative movement. But Rush can’t take all the credit, the story begins much earlier. It began with Walter Winchell and Bob Grant. This is the remarkable story.
Fred Lucas, the White House correspondent for CNSNews.com. He is also a contributing editor for Townhall Magazine and has written for The Weekly Standard, The American Spectator, Human Events, The Washington Times and the New York Post. Before going to Washington, he reported on state capitols in Kentucky and Connecticut. He earned his Master’s at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Bachelor’s at Western Kentucky University. He lives in Fredericksburg, Va. with his wife Basia.
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