Thursday, June 9, 2022

Interview With CBS Reality TV & Awards Show Guru & Author Paul R. Friedman


1. What motivated you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and turning it into this book?
 Boxing has always interested me. The main character, Danny Green is a composite of many people, some athletes, I have known and worked with through the years. Experiences Danny has are reflective of personal experiences I had in New York and Hollywood. The book is primarily set in New York and LA in the late ‘70s and ‘80s. It was a time of tumult and transition which in many ways parallels the struggles of our hero. The idea for the book developed over time as I began to explore the psychology of athletes in primo condition, understanding what it took for a boxer to endure repeated punishment in the ring. I also wanted to see if that same man could take the energy from boxing, apply it in a completely different realm, and demonstrate skill as a storyteller and artist.
2. What is it about and who is it for?
Danny Green is from a small town in rural Mississippi, born on the wrong side of the tracks but to the right family. His parents emphasize education as well as an appreciation for sports. He and his older brother are very close but also competitive. Passing an old gym one day Danny is drawn in by the sound of leather hitting leather. He begins to train and discovers he has a powerful left hook. He travels to New York and achieves success in the ring, but also realizes he has a gift for self-expression and begins to write about his new life and the world he sees around him. There are no limits to his potential as an extraordinarily gifted fighter and talented writer. ‘It is the kind of real-life story you can’t make up, but I did.
3. What takeaways might the reader will be left with after reading it?
I am hopeful that everyone who reads the book will see a part of themselves in Danny, and be inspired by his rise from humblest beginnings to the pinnacle of success. We all have vast potential in us. Danny shows that with drive and ambition, the right circumstances and a little help from others he is able to achieve great things.
4. How did you decide on your book’s title and cover design? 
When Danny’s older brother is born the doctor tells his mother Rose May she will not be able to have more children. When She and husband Joe find out she is pregnant again and Danny is born they are thrilled. As Danny journeys through life so many things happen that are unexpected and as the world begins to discover the man and his talents the surprises keep coming. In that regard there is always something new around the next corner. Danny Green was never ‘expected.’  He should never have been born but thankfully he was and the world is a more entertaining and colorful place because of it. The cover design took a great deal of time. We experimented with many images until we found the right one. Should we show the main character? Show his romantic interest? Only show a silhouette so the reader could fill in their own image of him? We decided on classic boxing gloves because Danny is a boxer at heart but I wanted to give the story context as well and tease that it reaches beyond the world of boxing. The is why we included the words: FROM MISSISSIPPI TO MANHATTAN… HARLEM TO HOLLYWOOD… BOXING WAS JUST THE BEGINNING
5. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers?
When you sit down to write cast aside all doubt. Do not censor yourself. If the words don’t come initially, write about anything, the room you’re in, the bird in the trees, anything to lift the veil between yourself and your subconscious. Like the great Wall of China, you build one brick at a time. One word, one sentence leads to another and before you know it you have a paragraph, a page and a chapter. Rewrite, rewrite, rewrite until what you meant to communicate is clear not just to you but to the reader. They need to have the enhanced emotional experience that you had when writing the story.   
6. What trends in the book world do you see -- and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?
I don’t know about trends or the fickle nature of the publishing world. Be truthful, authentic and tell stories you find interesting.  Create adventures and take your reader to places you find fascinating.  Do not be afraid to let the characters have their way and speak to you. You can always pull them back if they go too far afield but you’d be surprised at the unexpected – there’s that word again – places they take your story.
7. What challenges did you overcome to write this book?
Only the limits of my imagination and willingness to do the necessary research. Then it was just discipline and a workman like approach to write everyday, reward myself with positivity, and keep the story moving forward.
8. How would you describe your writing style?
I work very hard to make the subject matter and characters as engaging and accessible as possible. There are times to be very economical with words, but I also believe it is my obligation to be highly descriptive in places where the story calls for it. Specificity is king.
9. If people can buy or read one book this week or month, why should it be yours?
The Unexpected Danny Green has universal appeal. Whether you’re a sports fan -there’s plenty in here for you - or not, man or woman, old or young there is something about this young man’s attitude and spirit that is irresistible. Danny demonstrates, persistence, grit, and determination. He has the ability to make the most of opportunities when they come his way and is a loyal and loving man to the beautiful and talented Julianne. Theirs is a monumental love that will be tested, but ultimately endures.

About The Author: Paul R. Friedman is a Los Angeles native whose family traveled the world by the time he turned 16. After college, he settled in New York City and spent over two decades creating content for CBS Television as a writer/producer in the On-Air Promotion and Marketing Departments. Paul has worked for both the News and Entertainment divisions in New York and Los Angeles. Most recently, while serving as Vice President and Creative Director at CBS Marketing, he was responsible for the award-winning launch and continued marketing stewardship of the three most successful ‘reality show’ franchises in TV history: “Survivor,” “The Amazing Race” and “Big Brother.” Paul also headed up On-Air Campaigns for various network programs: The Grammys, ACM Awards, Kennedy Center Honors, Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, plus numerous other specials, dramas and comedies. In addition, he was Executive Producer of the CBS Fall Preview Show from 2013 to 2017.

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Brian Feinblum should be followed on Twitter @theprexpert. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog ©2022. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester with his wife, two kids, and Ferris, a black lab rescue dog. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s The Independent.  This blog, with over 4,000 posts over the past decade, was named one of the best book marketing blogs by BookBaby and recognized by Feedspot in 2021 and 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. It was also named by as a "best resource.” For the past three decades, including 21 as the head of marketing for the nation’s largest book publicity firm, and two jobs at two independent presses, Brian has worked with many first-time, self-published, authors of all genres, right along with best-selling authors and celebrities such as: Dr. Ruth, Mark Victor Hansen, Joseph Finder, Katherine Spurway, Neil Rackham, Harvey Mackay, Ken Blanchard, Stephen Covey, Warren Adler, Cindy Adams, Susan RoAne, Jeff Foxworthy, Seth Godin, and Henry Winkler. He recently hosted a panel on book publicity for Book Expo America, and has spoken at ASJA, IBPA, Sarah Lawrence College, Nonfiction Writers Association, Cape Cod Writers Association, Willamette (Portland) Writers Association, and Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association. His letters-to-the-editor have been published in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Post, NY Daily News, Newsday, The Journal News (Westchester) and The Washington Post. He has been featured in The Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald. For more information, please consult: 


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