Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
It all started with a dream. But then, don’t all the best things in life? But sadly, those who don’t take their dream seriously, who don’t take concrete,(but regular) baby steps toward it, only have a fantasy. A wonderful feeling that exists, and will only ever exist in their minds.
Ah, but a dream – if you nourish it, if you water it regularly with more than just wishful thinking, your dream can, and will “come true.”
That’s what happened to me with my dream of cycling the French Country backroads without a compass. With no fixed itinerary. No definite return date.
Some people work toward fulfilling their dream because they hate their current life. Not the case with me. I was(and am) a multi-artist.(film/photography/music) San Francisco was home base then. Life was good. Regular clients. Good friends. Not rich. Not poor.
But…and this was the “but” that finally kicked mine! –
next to no spontaniety. I was in a rut. A wonderful,comfortable one. But a rut nonetheless. How to leave all this good stuff behind and amp my life up to the next level? What about my clients? My friends? My weekends at fog soaked B n’B’s in Mendocino? My up close n’ personal relationship with producers of hard to find wines in the Alexander valley?
Paul Simon had the answer: “just drop off the key lee…
and get yourself free.”
So, I took his advice. Bought the best bike I could afford. And a ticket with no return date.
All I took in the way of professional equipment was my trusted 35mm Pentax spotmatic. (Yes, this was BEFORE the digital era)But the incredible warmth and hopitality of the French People inspired me..challenged me – would be more accurate – to create a film that would accurately and interestingly portray their lives.
So, a pattern developed. Return to excited states. Raise money. edit footage. Return to France. Return to excited states. etc.
After a number of years of this back n’ forth, with several May to end of Septembers in France….I had a film series –
Bicycle Gourmet’s Treasures of France.” A lifestyle/adventure film that was, and is, an authentic slice of French Country life.
The film I set out to make. All the network programmer’s loved it. But couldn’t air it. Because it didn’t fit in the available boxes. Not a Cooking show. Not a Travel show. Not a Wine show. So – for them, and me – a “no show.”
But, though I never imagined it then, network television’s
‘thumbs down”, morphed into a big “thumbs up” when I offered the series on the Internet. Now it directly reaches the people. Without any “taste makers” in the middle.
Naturally, my friends, after seeing the series, suggested..
well..demanded actually….that I write a book. Sharing more of my adventures as the French Cycling Gourmet.
Can’t let your friends down – can ya?
I’m here now. And Life is good. Yes, I do miss tasting old vine Alexander Valley Zinfandel with the winemakers -Watching the last rays o’ the day kiss the Golden Gate from the Marin headlands – coffee in North Beach – but these are the treasures of another life. I’ve tasted them. Now, I have other treasures. Of all varieties. All around.”
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
more than a year in provence
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
depends on what you consider “unusual”, dunnit?
What authors, or books have influenced you?
jackson browne,flanner o’conner,primo levi
What are you working on now?
more installments of “more than a year in provence”
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Do you have any advice for new authors?
1. writing is an art.
2. publishing writing is a business.
3. don’t fall in love with your work.
4. “you must kill your darlings” – Faulkner
5. don’t give up
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
“be yourself. everyone else is taken.” – Oscar Wilde
What are you reading now?
journal of the plague year – Daniel Defoe
everything by Lorca
What’s next for you as a writer?
uh….that would be…like…like…you know….like……writing?
What is your favorite book of all time?
something wicked this way comes – Ray Bradbury
Author Websites and Profiles
Christopher Strong Website
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