Hi, Herman. I do benefit events for libraries and good causes for people to appear in the books as characters. There was an individual in Buffalo, Wyoming who paid $7,000 to charity.
Funny, most people want to be bad guys...
Do you find audiences react differently to your books in the West and East Coast? I know you're very popular in France? How does that translate?
It's interesting, but I think Steinbeck might've nailed it in his reference to 'the universal aspect of the human condition'. People everywhere react to the fact that Walt is a good, decent man who tries his very best to do the right thing all the time. He's not a goody-two-shoes and has some dark areas of his personality, but he tries to do the right thing, and people resound to that.
Oh, my wife has the best quote about that... She says that Walt is who I'd like to be in ten years, but I'm off to an incredibly slow start.
There's an awful lot of autobiographical material in the books, and living in the West, I just keep getting more and more material.
I think I'd really like your wife! She sounds great. Has she influenced your characters?
When we spoke on the phone recently, you talked about her store. Didn't have room to include it in the piece, but thought folks might be interested its restoration.
Oh, she'a fiery redhead from Philadelphia... Hmm, wonder which character is based off of her?
The Bucking Buffalo Supply Company at 317 North Main Street in Sheridan, Wyoming.
Most of the work I review in the scripts is via email... Which I like. Being on the set is a treat, but I'm also a distraction, signing books and all. The crew and cast are all big fans.
Sometimes its confusing for the people on the show because they follow the books...
I'm really looking forward to being back in Tucson and Clues Unlimited, who've been big supporters of the books from the beginning. I'll also be signing stock at Mostly Books, so there should be plenty to go around...
Nope, Walt doesn't sing which is strongly portrayed in The Dark Horse, where it turns out Dog is a better singer than the Sheriff...
I thought you were signing at Clues.
I've got the tee-pee light that was in Walt's office in the pilot, but don't tell anybody...
Oh, I am signing at Clues, along with an event... But stopping in Mostly Books to just sign stock.
You have a huge fan base here in Tucson — where ever you are folks will attend. How (or has) the TV series helped the books? More readers? more ideas?
Oh, very much. Two weeks after the TV show started, The Cold Dish was on the NYT bestseller's list seven years after publication... I guess those twenty story billboards of Walt on Sunset Boulevard really sell books.
Yep, George Guidall does a marvelous audible Walt.... He's a magnificent performer and we have marvelous conversations about the books.
I started out on one of those old Royal typewriters, but it's a lot easier with a laptop. I've got a big desktop that I use in the loft of my ranch. I keep all the manuscripts. The Buffalo Bill Center for the West is probably going to get my writings when I'm gone.
We've been on the lookout with the fires, and in the more rural sites we've seen the hotshot crews roaring by in trucks and helicopters... Good fortune be with them.
There was much smoke in the air when we arrived here that the sun was blood red...
That is an eerie sight. When a reader finished one of your books, how do you want him or her to feel? Is there something you want readers to walk away with?
I know you're a reader. Are paper-and- ink or e-books your preference?
Oh, I try and satisfy my friends that read my books on as many levels as I can... They're a complex bunch, so it varies from book to book, but I think its a question of looking at the world we all live in and what can be done about it.
I'm a book guy. I just like the smell, the feel, just everything about a real, honest to goodness book... But I can understand the appeal of ebooks, especially it you're traveling.
It's hard to sign an e-book, too. I like the tactile experience as well. Probably room for both. Do you see a shift in the sales of your books?
Hey, as long as people are reading I'm happy!
Oh yeah, the ebooks are growing to more than 20% of book sales...
Hey, I've signed covers with Sharpies...
Nope, I'm a pretty satisfied guy... I thought I was only going to get the chance to write one book, so I put everything in there, which gave me a lot to go off of down the road.
It's about time to ride off into the sunset. (Sorry, couldn't resist the cliché). We'll see you next Wednesday at noon at Clues. Anything you'd like for readers to know?
I'm really looking forward to the event... Tucson is old-home week for me! I do have to go and buy the daughter who went to school there a pair of U of A Wildcat sweatpants...
No, thank all of you! See you next week!
Go Cats! Thank you so much for being with us today. See you next week.