You might not be surprised to learn that I have been given unprecedented access to the author of the hit new book, "Family Man: The Art of Surviving Domestic Tranquility," seeing as how I AM the author of the hit new book "Family Man: The Art of Surviving Domestic Tranquility."
But hey, you should never take anything for granted. I almost decided not to talk to myself.
Eventually, however, I relented, making possible the following interview in which I ask and answer all your burning questions about "Family Man: The Art of Surviving Domestic Tranquility:"
Q: Is this book a collection of your newspaper columns?
A: No, although regular readers of my column will probably recognize the style and many of themes, and maybe even a few of the topics. I actually started working on this book back in 1999, a few years before I began writing columns. It's true that some of my very early columns were excerpted from the book, but I soon branched out and began writing about other things, such as college football.
Q: So what is Family Man about?
A: It's a book about family life, written from the perspective of a husband and father. I tried to incorporate every aspect of family life I could think of, so there are chapters on getting along with your wife, raising children, balancing work and home life, being involved in kids' activities, and so forth. It's really kind of an instruction manual for family men.
Q: So is it just a book for men, then?
A: Absolutely not. The "dirty little secret" is that it's really for women. Everybody in the publishing industry knows that it's women who buy books, perhaps because it's women who know how to read something besides a box score or a tire gauge. When I wrote this book, I had in mind that it wasn't so much for men to read as for their wives to read and tell them what's in it, or maybe smack them over the head with it from time to time.
Q: So is the book funny, like your newspaper column?
A: I suppose that depends on whether or not you think my newspaper column is funny. But yeah, it's the same sort of stuff, just more of it. A lot of people have told me that the book is very funny, including a few who aren't related to me.
Q: Where can people get a copy of the book?
A: Right now it's being sold exclusively at Books for Less in Buford and Alpharetta, although we're hoping to expand to other retailers soon. I'm actually having a book signing at the Buford Books for Less location, near the Mall of Georgia, this coming Saturday from 11 to 3. You can also find the book on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com.
Rob Jenkins is a local freelance writer and author of Family Man: The Art of Surviving Domestic Tranquility. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter@rjenkinsdgp.