Blake Sebring is a well-known sports author who has published three books with the Authorhouse Publishing Company:
- Legends of the Komets by Blake Sebring
- Live from Radio Rinkside (The Bob Chase Story) by Bob Chase as told by Blake Sebring
- The Biggest Mistake I Never Made ( How an Indiana boy gave up basketball to become a world-class volleyball player) by Lloy Ball as told to Blake Sebring
A multi-talented author (he’s also a sports fan and ice hockey commentator), Blake finds pure joy in writing about sports.
His five tips on how to write a celebrity memoir are:
1. Choose a subject who loves to communicate and has something to say. Find someone who likes to talk about an interesting topic. For example, Blake interviewed Olympic volleyball player Lloy Ball, the “bad boy of indoor volleyball,” early in his career. In 2008, Lloy became the first American volleyball player to compete in four Olympic games.
2. Choose a subject with an engaging personality. Blake found that both Lloy Ball and sports director Bob Chase, for example, were perfect subjects because both men were open and direct about their opinions (positive or negative.)
3. Be determined in your scheduling and note-taking. When writing a celebrity biography, one must be well-prepared in advance with interview questions. Your subject is probably busy, so scheduling is critical!
4. Be familiar with your subject. A sense of familiarity, gleaned from background knowledge, personal friendships and professional relationships, will help keep the ball rolling and the interview going smoothly.
5. Your subject’s “X-Factor,” the thing you respect about them. What is that special trait that interests you about that subject? In Bob Chase’s case, Blake was impressed by how success hadn’t changed him.
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