My book, Curveballs: Sweet & Smokey Down The Barbeque Trail, has been out for a year now, and as some of you know, it’s part of a travelogue trilogy. The other two books in the trilogy also have a barbeque theme. And they, too, focus on the journey more than the destination.
I get an occasional suggestion that I include recipes in my books since by trilogy does have that barbeque theme to them. Those are wonderful suggestions and perhaps some day I will. But I haven’t so far because I want my books to be about the journey, about the people, about the places, not a recipe book. There are plenty of those out there, good ones too, and are not in short supply.
And I have that high sense of adventure, and that’s why I focus so much on the journey, the ups and downs, the wrong turn, the unexpected delay, the new unforeseen direction….those are fun for me to tell you about. I get to be a storyteller rather than a chef.
Did I mention my 2nd book in the trilogy? Oh, well, let me get that going. It’s centered around Atlanta, Georgia. I headed out there on a conference for work and well, I couldn’t resist, I headed to some barbeque places. But oh I did so much more. All that transpired from the second I walked out my door to the airport to the second I walked back in about 2 weeks later.
A lot can happen in that time span, and a lot did! Atlanta has such a rich history, a culture, and wild cuisine. Throw in a little sports, a broken camera, heading the wrong way, a fired up preacher (and a mellow one at that), a little baseball, big boobs, a few million traffic jams, an owners daughter, some sauce, luxury homes, and you’ve got the gist of it.
I don’t believe I mentioned that the 1996 Olympics were held there. And that my brother just went to Amicalola State Park about a month ago. Ahhh, the memories. Well, to get you started I’m going to plop the first few paragraphs of my 2nd trilogy below. I don’t have a title for it yet (I’m temporarily calling it, Bites), and I haven’t designed the cover. Oh well, I’ll get to those.