TEXAS IN HER OWN WORDS
Genre: Texas / Texana / General Interest
Publisher: Tejas Publishing
Date of Publication: June 16, 2016
Number of Pages: 336
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Texas in Her Own Words is a peek into the Texas psyche. It explains why Texans are the way they are . . . where all that attitude comes from. This work is the result of a statewide search for what author Tweed Scott calls the “T-Chromosome.” Texans are different but why? Scott went statewide to find the answers to three basic questions. 1) What makes Texas special? 2) Why is this place so different than anywhere else on the planet? 3) If and when it applied, what does it mean to you personally to BE a native Texan?
Scott shares some remarkable answers with you throughout the book. In the end, he learned that all Texans share four traits or attributes. When you finish this book, you will understand why Texans are the way they are. IF you are a native Texan, chances are you will find some of yourself between the covers of this book. It’s a fun read.
"Searching for the soul of Texas, Tweed Scott has done a great service. People and places and the cowboy poetry of the heart -- Texas in Her Own Words is chockfull of all of these things. It deserves a special place on your bookshelf. Say right between Larry McMurtry and J. Frank Dobie." -- Kinky Friedman, author and entertainer
"It's a Texas thing, you either have it, or you don't. Few people can define such an emotion, a feeling, a pride that is embedded so deep. This book made me cry and smile at the same time. Texas in Her Own Words helps to explain what 'Lone Star state of mind' is. . ." -- TJ Greaney, Publisher, Countryline Magazine.
"I [Patricia Spork] very highly recommend Texas in Her Own Words (Second Edition) by Tweed Scott to Texas researchers and historians, to any hopeful "wannabe" Texan or to any yee hawin' boastful Texan, like me (a transplanted didn't-know-it "wannabe")."
-- Patricia Spork, freelance writer and artist
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What was the hardest part of writing your Texas in Her Own Words?
That is easy. I loved the researching and writing process. Originally, I interviewed right at 120 people. I transcribed every single word before I got into truly editing who was in and who was out. The original manuscript came in at 180,000 words. I culled 100,000 words out before I sent it to the editor. The transcribing of the material was absolutely mind-numbing work. If I had to do that again, I might consider eating a pistol first. That by far, was the real trial for me. I would not do that by myself again.
What did you find most useful in learning how to write? What was the least useful or most destructive?
I think the most helpful was writing practice and making it a routine to write at least ten minutes each day. That led to longer writing sessions and prepared me for “getting into that zone.” The most destructive is allowing others to tell you you suck and then buy into that. The world is full of people who are happy to tell you that you are no good or lack talent. You must never, never, ever buy into that. The people who tell you that kind of stuff are toxic. Get them out of your life and creativity! They have no place there. As one of my favorite songs says, You can “Write your own life.” And what’s more if you don’t like the ending, you can change it to anything you want.
Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How does that affect your writing?
I consider writing my full-time thing even though I concentrate a lot of my attention to booking speaking gigs (in order to sell more books). As a result, I tend to look for more things to write about. The subject matter must interest me. I don’t enjoy writing near so much for just the sake of writing itself. When I find something that I am interested in, I climb into it and want to know all I can about it. I may not know much but what I do know I tend to know it well.
What are some day jobs you have held? Have any of them impacted your writing?
Let’s see. I pumped septic tanks as a summer job for a couple of years. I was a swing manager at McDonald’s for a brief time out of college. I would say that radio had a huge impact on my writing. I wrote virtually every day of my career never thinking of myself as a writer. It was another function of my job. I guess all that commercial writing helped to polish my skills. I would say that writing was great practice for my later career aspirations.
Who are some of your favorite authors who you feel are influential in your work? What impact did they have on your writing?
Texas writers T.R Fehrenbach, A.C Greene, Elmer Kelton, J Frank Dobie and Larry McMurtry. AS far as impact, I really used several of their works to help verify some facts and background about Texas. I do like the style of McMurtry’s works—his storytelling.
What do you like to read in your free time?
I do read a lot of business oriented books. I also read about podcasting and the new media. I am constantly trying to learn new ways to market my book. I also like to read non-fiction historical books. I am currently reading two biographies of Thomas Jefferson and Henry Knox.
What do your plans for future projects include?
I am looking forward to turning Texas in Her Own Words created as an audiobook. I also look forward to the day when our company Tejas Publishing can produce the work of other authors. We are ways from that yet but it is in our big picture goals.
Do I have any strange writing habits you’d like to share with other readers?
I never get writer’s block. I am not intimidated by the blank page or a blinking cursor. I just start writing whatever comes into my head or something like Mary Had a Little Lamb. I find that even if you don’t know exactly how you want to start, just start. The human brain is a beautiful thing, I found that if you just start writing, your brain knows where it wants to go or where you need to be and it will get there on its own if you just give it its own space. It will get you where you to need to be. You can always come back and delete that first useless paragraph or two.
Tweed Scott is a laugh-out-loud funny motivational speaker and corporate entertainer. He retired from broadcasting after 31 years. His broadcasting accomplishments include operating the highest rated FM station in America and later the 5th highest rated AM station in America. Tweed is an award winning speaker and the author of the three-time national award-winning book, Texas in Her Own Words. His book is sold at the Alamo, the state capitol gifts shops in Austin, the San Jacinto Museum & Battleground, and the Sam Houston Statue & Visitor’s Center in Huntsville.
He is the past president of the board for the Writers’ League of Texas serving some 1,300 members. Tweed now writes for several magazines and has built his own writing and speaking company, Tejas Publishing, LLC. He is a graduate of Lamar University and a US Navy veteran. He continues to write and spread what he calls, “The Gospel of Texas.”
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