I wrote A Father's Footsteps because I had been reading golf novels and simply wanted to write my own.  Mark Twain said that an author should write about what he knows, so I chose golf...and barbecue...and a 1964 1/2 Mustang.


As with most works, one should beware of the authorial fallacy, that is, trying to figure out too much about the author from the work itself.  My dad and I do not have the disastrous relationship depicted in the novel, but he was the one who taught me golf and worked patiently with me in the backyard and at the local par-3 course while I developed my game, such as it is.


And there are a few details and scenes that come from my golfing life.  The Jack Nicklaus Advancer wedge that James McGinness keeps in his classroom is the same club that I keep in my classroom, just for a little practice during time when I do not have students.  It is from my very first set of golf clubs, which my parents bought for me in high school.


And the scene in which a couple of guys play in a blinding rain storm that washes out the bridge on one of the holes...my buddy and I did that.


But enough of all that.  To read the first chapter of A Father's Footsteps, click here.


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