1. Dan, you served as producer and packager of this internatinal book by Jim Laughter. Can you explain what this entailed? IT ENTAILED BEING THE CHIEF COOK AND BOTTLE WASHER IN TERMS OF SETTING UP THE PR CAMPAIGN, THAT'S ALL. I CAME TO THE PROJECT WITH THE THEME AND THE TITLE, AND JIM LAUGHTER PULLED IT OFF WONDERFULLY. IT IS ENTIRELY HIS BOOK. I WAS JUST THE BACKROOM GUY, THE BACKGROUND MAN. JIM DID ALL THE HEAVY LIFTING. IT's HIS BOOK!
2. Did you commission the novel or did the author approach you first? I ASKED THE AUTHOR A YEAR AGO, MORE OR LESS, IF HE HAD TIME AND INTEREST TO WRITE SUCH A NOVEL. HE CAME TO ME HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY AMERICAN CRIME WRITER CHUCK SASSER. WE CLICKED IMMEDIATELY AND HE SAID YES. SEVEN MONTHS LATER, HE HAD THE BOOK DONE.
3. Do you stand to make any money from this book as the producer/packager? NO.
4. Your name is mentioned in the book preface as " to my friend Danny Bloom, a visionary"...... but your name is not on the cover of the book . Why not?...BECAUSE I DID NOT WRITE ONE WORD
OF THE BOOK. IT IS ALL HIS BOOK.
5. Did you write any parts of the book? NO. JUST THE TITLE.
6. Did you give the book it's title? YES. THAT WAS MY IDEA. THAT WAS MY ONLY CONTRIBUTION TO THE BOOK.
7. How did you find Jim Laugher in the USA to write the book? Did you pay him an advance?
I FOUND HIM BY LUCKY CHANCE FROM A RECOMMENDATION FROM A FRIEND IN OKLAHOMA WHO KNEW JIM AND SAID HE MIGHT HAVE TIME WRITE SUCH A NOVEL.
THERE WAS NO ADVANCE PAYMENT. I HAVE NO MONEY! I AM A POOR MAN IN PARADISE!
8. How did Mr Laughter know so much about globl warming?...is he a scientist? HE DID RESEARCH AND HE READ A LOT ABOUT THE ISSUES. HE IS A SMART MAN.
9. Why do you care so much about this topic? and why did you spend so many years looking for a writer to write this book? I CARE BECAUSE I CARE. THIS IS MY LIFE's WORK NOW, PROMOTING THE IDEA OF POLAR CITIES FOR SURVIVORS OF CLIMATE CHAOS IN SOME FUTURE TIME. MY TIME FRAME IS AROUND 2500 AD. JIM FELT THE BOOK WOULD BE BETTER SERVED IF THE TIME FRAME WAS MORE IMMEDIATE. I AGREED WITH HIM AND SAID DO IT YOUR WAY. HE DID.
9.5 Is a novel really that important in relation to scientific discussions about climate change? YES. ART AND LITERATURE HAVE MUCH TO SAY ON THIS TOPIC, TOO. SURE.
10. What exactly does a book producer/packager do,.... or is this just a vanity title you gave yourself? SEE ABOVE.