Q: What do your children think about this book?
A: I think they are thrilled to death. I guess what made me the happiest was when they read it and they told me how it impacted them emotionally. This is my 10th book and all of them said this is by far my best book. Maybe it's because it's about their kids, I don't know (laughs). I'm sure they're not totally objective in that.
Q: Does this book fit in with how you perceive the role of grandparents?
A: It really does. It used to be that grandparents lived near their grandkids and had almost a daily contact. My paternal grandparents lived literally across the street from me growing up. My maternal grandmother lived a bicycle ride away. Today, it's very rare that kids will grow up that close geographically and physically to their grandparents. So I think it's more important than it's ever been before. You know, if they (grandparents) were closer maybe they would share these stories, maybe they would pass them on. Maybe they wouldn't. So it's very critical that they do in fact have these stories to tell and make sure that they leave something about themselves.
Q: Do you have any other projects coming up, aside from your book tour?
A: This is going to keep me busy! In reality, I didn't expect to write the book for grandkids. I don't think an 8-year-old is going to pick this up on Christmas morning and say “wow, this is what I wanted.” That's not its intention. But I think when that kid who is eight now or maybe eight months old, when he's 40, then he's going to start thinking about this stuff and the thing is, will it be too late to talk to his grandfather? That's one of things that I had to come to grips with. I'd like to think I'll be around for all these great events in my grandkids' lives. Biology tells me I'm not and there's going to come a time and it could be much sooner than I hope, I pray not, but that's what prompted me to say don't put some things off. We don't know when we're going to have the opportunity to say to someone “here's what's important. Here's who we are.''