Monday, May 19, 2014

Chatting With Author Dwight Slaughter - The Last Unknown Name Slaughter Tour & Giveaway





Dwight Slaughter graduated from Verbum Dei High School, a school with one of the top 10 winning basketball teams of all time. While at Verbum Dei High School Dwight was voted number one player in the Country in 1972 by different sports magazines.  He then went on to further his education and play basketball at Cal State Los Angeles from 1972 to 1976—a period that would set a precedent with new laws changing how colleges accept athletes. During his athletic career, Slaughter was interviewed by such greats as Howard Cosell, on his show SportsBeat and in his book, I Never Played the Game; Morley Safer from 60 Minutes; and John Chancellor from World Nightly News. He was voted by ESPN and Sports Illustrated as one of the top 100 basketball players in the State of California.




Welcome to BK Walker Books Etc. I'm so happy you could join me today.

BK: Looking out the nearest window, describe the scene you see. 

DS: While sitting in my room in Marina Del Rey I see beautiful boats in the water.

BK: Tell us about your office. Is it a mess like mine, or is everything in its place? 

DS: LOL, yes it’s bit of a mess I must tidy up.

BK: What is a must-have, such as coffee or a favorite pen that you need to write? 

DS: I must have my coffee first thing, then my George Washington pen:)

BK: Do you like to write in silence, or do you need music or background noise? 

DS:Total silence works for me.

BK: Tell us a bit about your hero/heroine, and their development. 

DS: Mohammed Ali, you saw a brash young man grow and become a great American.

BK: As a writer myself, I'm always curious how other writers get through stumble blocks. 

DS: When you find a story not flowing, or a character trying to fight you, how do you correct it? I stop and take a step back and meditate on my story, and continue after 20 to 30 minutes. Knowing that I have to understand the character by putting myself in there shoes.

BK: Using the letters of your first name as an acronym, describe your book... 

DS: Wow, well I would start off of course with 

D-Dynamite
W-Wonderful
I-Inspirational
G-Great
H-Healing 
T-Thoughtful.

BK: How did your writing journey begin? 

DS: It began twenty-five years ago as a mental picture in my mind.

BK: Using the letters from the word, Summer, how would friends and family describe you? 

DS: S-Successful 
       U-Understanding
       M-Meticulous 
       M-Mindful  
       E-Eger 
       R-reliable

BK: What is the craziest thing you've ever written about, whether it got published or not? 

DS: I had a story written about significance of people loving one another, and what it takes to make that journey.

BK: Tell us one thing you've done in life, that readers would be most surprised to know. 

DS: I accomplished being the number one basketball player in the Country in 1972 through hard work. And I’ve traveled many Countries I would not have dreamed of and met many people and many cultures such as Turkey, Israel, Germany, India, Spain, France, Amsterdam, London, Canada, Italy, and great life experiences

BK: What can we expect from you in the future? 

DS: Part two of INNER CITY STRENGTH!

This or That...

Coke or Pepsi? Coke

Night Owl or Early Bird? Early Bird

Fantasy or Mystery? Fantasy

Pen/Paper or Computer? Pen

Pizza or Burger? Burger

Rock or Country? Rock

Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate

Beach or Mountains? Beach


Thank you so much for having us as one of your stops today. It has been great getting to know more about you and your book, and wish you the best of success!



BK Walker








Book Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Sports
Publisher: Dwight Slaughter
Release Date: 2/14/2014



Book Description:

Dwight Slaughter graduated from Verbum Dei High School, a school with one of the top 10 winning basketball teams of all time. While at Verbum Dei High School Dwight was voted number one player in the Country in 1972 by different sports magazines. He then went on to further his education and play basketball at Cal State Los Angeles from 1972 to 1976—a period that would set a precedent with new laws changing how colleges accept athletes. During his athletic career, Slaughter was interviewed by such greats as Howard Cosell, on his show SportsBeat and in his book, I Never Played the Game; Morley Safer from 60 Minutes; and John Chancellor from World Nightly News. He was voted by ESPN and Sports Illustrated as one of the top 100 basketball players in the State of California. As a child, Slaughter relied on basketball to build his self-esteem and relieve the stress of mental and physical abuse. His gripping memoir follows his public career and takes the reader inside his personal life as well—into a childhood of abuse, betrayal…even murder.


Excerpt:

During his athletic career, Slaughter was interviewed by such greats as Howard Cosell, on his show SportsBeat and in his book, I Never Played the Game; Morley Safer from 60 Minutes; and John Chancellor from World Nightly News. He was voted by ESPN and Sports Illustrated as one of the top 100 basketball players in the State of California.
As a child, Slaughter relied on basketball to build his self-esteem and relieve the stress of mental and physical abuse. His gripping memoir follows his public career and takes the reader inside his personal life of childhood abuse, betrayal…and murder.
As the author explains, his prowess with a basketball masked an escape from a tarnished life off the court.
 “I grew up being treated like nothing, so I was driven to make something of my life. Sport allowed me to mix with people who cared about me, develop a passion that got me out of the house and achieve things that would win me the acceptance I couldn’t get at home,” says Slaughter, who is a committed mentor to both young and adult men.









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