Author: T.J.Overstake
ISBN: 978-1-4327-3594-4
Publisher: Outskirts Press

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Today, Norm Goldman Publisher & Editor of Bookpleasures.com is pleased to have as our guest, Tim (T.J) Overstake author of For Love Of The Car: Memories Of A True Car Guy.

Good day T.J. and thanks for participating in our interview:

Norm:

Do you recall how your interest in purchasing odd- ball cars originated?

T.J.

Well, Norm, I think it started at the very beginning with my first car, the Spitfire. I had such fun with that car, and learned so much about cars in general with that car. It was also a bit of an odd car. It seemed every subsequent car had to measure up to the Spitfire in uniqueness and fun.

Norm:

Among all of the cars you have owned over the years, which one was your favorite and why?

T.J.

I think my favorite has to be the 1976 Mazda Mizer. That was the first new car I ever bought and it was the first car I ever financed. It was the car that taught me to love the open road and travelling cross-country by car. It’s also the car with one of the coolest stories connected to it.

Norm:

I noticed on reading your book that you must have invested quite a sum of money over the years in purchasing and repairing these oddball cars. From a financial point of view, was it worth it?

T.J.

Absolutely! I never really spent a great sum on any single car, at least by today’s standards. Even if I had, I still think it would have been worth every cent. Some people spend small fortunes on their hobbies; a cabin in the woods or a speedboat. I even knew a guy who spent about $1000 a month on cigars. My hobby was cars.

Norm:

What did you family, colleagues and friends think about your hobby?

T.J.

I always got great support from my friends and family over the years. There were times when my wife and kids just shook their heads when I’d bring home an old car. For the most part, they all knew it as my hobby and could see the fun I was having. 

Norm:

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer and what motivated you to write For Love Of The Car: Memories Of A True Car Guy?

T.J.

I think every cop thinks they have a writer trapped inside them. We spend so much time writing detailed reports and we all save the best of stories in our heads. I don’t think I ever knew a cop who didn’t say, at least once, ‘I should write a book’. I’ve known for years that I wanted to write a book. I think I’m just fortunate to have more than just a collection of police stories to tell.

Norm:

What do you want your book to do? Amuse people? Provoke thinking?

T.J.

I had several ideas in mind when I wrote the book. I wanted to do a small part to help preserve the old car hobby. It certainly served me well and I hope the fun I had doing it comes out in the book. I hope my readers find it a bit amusing too. For the most part, I think I just wanted to tell my stories to a much wider audience.

Norm:

Did your writing of your book ever conflict with your career as a law enforcement professional?

T.J.

No, not at all. I always managed to keep my hobby separate from my profession and this carried over to the book itself. In my current position I do a lot of travel. A great deal of my book was written in the evenings in lonely hotel rooms. I actually think writing the book kept me out of trouble while on the road.

Norm:

How has your environment/upbringing colored your writing?

T.J.

I’ve always been a bit of a history buff and an avid reader. My mother brought that trait out in me. I learned to read at a very young age and read constantly as I grew up. I never really had a favorite genre, and read just about anything I could get my hands on. Later, as a policeman, I tried to make my reports read with a more human sound to them. I never really got the hang of ‘just the facts, ma’am’ writing.

Norm:

Was there anything particularly challenging in the writing of your book?

T.J.

That’s the amazing part. The book was very easy to write. The stories were still so fresh in my mind and were the product of such wonderful memories. I know this sounds cliché, but the book almost wrote itself.

Norm:

What did you enjoy most about writing your book?

T.J.

I tested out completed chapters on my wife and kids. They were the early encouragement I needed to finish the book, once I started. Nothing could compare to watching the face of a loved one as they read a rough draft of a completed chapter. I couldn’t wait to get a fresh chapter reviewed by my friendliest critics. Their input into the retelling of each story was fantastic.

Norm:

What will you be doing for promotion of your book and how much of it is your doing?

T.J.

The first step was to get the opinions of my friends and family. I expected them to be biased, but I was also encouraged by their overwhelming support for the book. The next step is to solicit independent reviews from professionals, like you. If these independent reviews are positive, I’ll submit copies to editors and reviewers for automotive publications in hopes of having the book reviewed. Since the book is self-published, most of the work will be mine.

Norm:

How can readers find out more about you and your endeavors?

T.J.

I’m a pretty private guy. I don’t have a web page and I don’t even Facebook. I do have an email address, and a web page for the book; toverstake@hotmail.com and OUTSKIRTS PRESS

Norm:

What are you upcoming projects?

T.J.

I just started a book full of motorcycle stories. I’m a car guy, to be sure, but I’m also a motorcycle guy. I’ve owned almost as many motorcycles as I have cars over the years and have plenty of cool stories to tell about them, too. I’m also thinking of a book of car and motorcycle related police stories.

Norm:

Is there anything else you wish to add that we have not covered?

T.J.

I loved writing my book and I hope everyone who reads it enjoys it.
 

Thanks once again and good luck with For Love Of The Car: Memories Of A True Car Guy

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