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Dear Agent for a Day,
People asked me, “What’s trucking like? What’s it really like out there on the road?” My short answer never varied: “You have to like being alone.” In The Driver’s Seat — Interstate Trucking, a Journey is the long answer and the only literary memoir to emerge from the world of American long-haul trucking.
I drove 18-wheelers cross-country for ten years, logging more than a million highway miles; saw America through a windshield; embraced the addictive solitude of long hauls; violated federal safety regulations in order to deliver freight on time; stumbled down memory lane while a lifetime of failure and regret used me for a punching bag; struggled to make peace with myself and my past and, in my late forties, grew up.
I stayed away from home, trucking for weeks on end, my need for isolation so deep-seated that when my wife first asked to ride along I refused. We fought bitterly at times and she finally told me to decide: the truck or our marriage. Up until my last hour out there I didn’t know which I’d choose.
In The Driver’s Seat. Intended for print, audio and e-media markets in the U.S. and Canada. Written for educated general readers, truckers and would-be truckers. Polished and complete at 71,000 words. Anecdotes, cogent epigraphs and fresh, honest humor drive the narrative, illuminating a life and a mobile subculture in a workplace the size of a continent. Think Bill Bryson on 18 wheels. Or Michael Herr.
I appreciate your consideration and hope to hear from you.
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