Journey to Deep South Done: Beyond Gumbo
There are a lot of challenging things about writing a book. But nothing could have prepared me for Deep South Done: Beyond Gumbo. I overworked, under-slept, did a lifetime of research, and spent five years of actually writing the manuscript and playing music in the kitchen. By the last save, I had an a million-word encyclopedia of rough historical content and recipes. This was the product of an unremitting interest in something quite valuable.
I’ve read thousands of subject books, sifted through old state papers, archives, journals, letters, in various languages, traveled to ancient sites, and spent countless hours at the computer, my desk and my computer, all of which took me on an emotional rollercoaster to places I had never been, mentally, spiritually, and physically. It was a journey through human origin and past, where I met people with no names and places with many, all over the world. It happened so fast, and by the time I realized I was not realty for this, it was the end.
When I write, typically, I write with an open mind, allowing the characters to tell their own stories, but this was different. It was non-fiction. It was history. It was Deep South Done: Beyond Gumbo!