Monday, July 18, 2016

J. B. Errico ~ an interview and his novel Dad, Wanna Be Our Manager?

J. B. Errico

TITLE: Dad, Wanna Be Our Manager?
RELEASE DATE: April 25, 2016
AUTHOR: J.B. Errico
KEYWORDS: baseball, lottery, dad, manager, minor league, family saga, sports
CATEGORIES: Sports/Family Saga
ISBN: 978-1530111275
IMPRINT: Black Hawk

J.B. lives in Dunmore, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Elaine, and two children, Maria and Abby. He continues to enjoy baseball and hopes someday that the Atlanta Braves will win another World Series.


Q: Are you a morning person, or a midnight candle burner?
A:  I am the rare ‘morning person who enjoys burning the midnight candle. My wife and I have two teenage girls and two dogs so our days start fairly early.  At night after everyone goes to sleep, I’m usually up until at least midnight winding down from a busy day.

Q: Tell me one thing about each of the four seasons you like. It can be anything.      
A:        Winter = Christmas season. It always brings out the kid in me.
            Spring            =  The start of baseball season, which I guess you’d expect from someone who wrote a novel about baseball.
            Summer =  All of the extra daylight. It’s energizing.
            Fall =  Apple and football season.  I can’t get enough of either.

Q: What kind of music do you listen to? Do you have an all time favorite song?
A: I have an eclectic taste in music. I love Jimmy Buffett, Neil Diamond, just about anything from the  80s and have become a fan of, believe it or not, Taylor Swift.

Q: Snack of choice – chips, pretzels, popcorn, or cookies, cake, candy? Or maybe you’re a healthy snacker - fruit, yogurt, nuts, raisins?
A:  Would it be wrong to say any of the above?  It really depends upon my mood but you can’t go wrong with any of those.


Q: How did you come to write your genera of choice? 
A: They say an author should write about what he or she knows.  Baseball is something I grew up with.  It was a large part of my childhood summers. As an adult I got a part time job with a minor league baseball team (which has turned into a full time position) that allowed me to see what happens behind the scenes. From there it all kind of fell into place.

Q: What do you think is the hardest part of writing a book?
A:  Sharing my story in a way that entertains and engages the reader.  I was concerned that what I found to be intriguing might bore more people than it entertained.  Writing is a little self-indulgent but it can go too far and if that happens you have essentially written a diary that not even your siblings would want to steal and thumb through.

Q: Describe your favorite hero?
A: In literature it would have to be Severus Snape.  I began reading the Harry Potter series at the request of my older daughter and fell in love with it.  Severus immediately intrigued me.  Early on I just had a feeling that what he showed to the world was a brilliant fa├žade.  The man gave his life for a boy who was not his son and a woman who loved another man.  If that isn’t heroic I don’t know what is.

Q: Would you ever consider a joint project?
A:  Absolutely. I’d be honored if someone thought enough of my work to want to try doing something as a team.


Q: What are you working on now? Would you like to share anything about it?
A:  At this point I’m working on learning about my new job so for a little while writing will be on hiatus.

Q: How can we find you? Do you have a web page, FaceBook page or any buy links?
A:  Yes, I do. Here are the links:    










Bernie Endino is an accountant and a baseball fan. His life is about to change; making baseball a bigger part of his family’s life than he ever dreamed was possible. His dream turned reality will give him the opportunity to give others second chances in their lives too.

A warehouse manager, five childhood friends, and a former superstar pitcher embark on a journey with their coaches and teammates to turn a failing minor league franchise into a playoff contender. They’ll dig deep inside themselves to bring their very best to the top. It’ll be difficult and a hard-headed young star in the making and meddlesome pizza mogul keeping a watchful eye on them won’t make things any easier.

Laughs will be shared, tears will be shed and life lessons will be learned along the way. It’ll be a memorable season both on and off the field as Bernie asks, “Dad, wanna be our manager?”

If you hit the lottery and bought a baseball team, would you hire your dad to manage? Bernie Endino did.


What do you think about me buying the Coal Barons?  How feasible is it?”
 “Well it’s not a bad idea, but I wouldn’t expect to make a lot of money on it.  Of course, if things don’t work out you could always sell the team.  Normally, there’s money to be made there.”
“Hear that, E? There’s money to be made!” Bernie conveniently edits what Derek says to help his own cause.  Ellen isn’t biting.
“That’s not what I heard.”
“El, we don’t need to make a lot of money from the team.  We have a lot of money.  Heck, even if we break even every year, we’d still be alright, right?” Bernie paused looking at Derek for help.
“Yeah, you’d still have a lot of money left from the lottery winnings even after you pay the twenty-five million.”
Ellen didn't let that one slip by.  “twenty-five million dollars for the team?”
“That’s only the opening price.  We can talk it down.”
“How much can you talk that down?  That is a lot of money.” 
Ellen was getting more irritated by the second.  Bernie knew needed to nip this in the bud.
“Honey, if things don’t work out we can sell the team.  Even if, and it’s a big if, we took a loss on the sale, we’d still have plenty of the lottery winnings left to live on.”
Bernie almost has her.  He could see it...but he didn't quit while winning.
“...And we did just buy your dream house.”
As the words spill out of his mouth, Bernie wishes he could stuff them all back.  This was not going to go well.
“Wait, did we buy a summer home so you could buy the baseball team?”
“What? No!  That’s got nothing to do with this.  I wanted you to have something nice, that’s all.”
He isn’t sure if Ellen was buying this, but now was no time to crack.
Ellen looked at Bernie with a face normally reserved for Anna after she’d just colored on the walls.  “Bernie, we are not buying the team.”
Bernie had one last-ditch effort left.
“E, I’ve always dreamed of doing something in baseball.  Now I have a chance.  I know it’s a lot of money but it’s money we have now, more than we’ve ever had or expected to have in our lifetime.  Let’s do this.  Please?  If it doesn’t work out, I’ll sell the team.  I promise.  Come on.”
Bernie stopped just short of dropping to his hands and knees.  Ellen sighed.  “Alright.  We’ll buy the team.”
 It was hard for Bernie to keep the silly grin off his face. “We’ll make it work.”
Bernie turned to Derek.  “Let’s set up a meeting with Jerry Benjamin.”
“Will do.  I’ll call you later with the time and place.”
“You’re sure this is okay?” Bernie asked Ellen.
“No, but it’s your dream and we should at least give it a try.”
Now awaiting Derek’s call about a meeting with Jerry, Bernie hoped he wasn't making a huge mistake.

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