When you’re on book tour, the worst thing is to be idle. I start w/ a 6 a.m. wake-up call. At 6:30, my escort (no, not that kind–an author escort, who makes sure I get to each appearance on time) picks me up and takes me to my first appearance: an early morning radio show. Meanwhile, Mike drives the bus to a local TV station, where I’ll do a morning segment at 7:30 a.m. From there, it’s on to the local newspaper, for an interview w/ the food editor. Noon finds us at a local cookware shop for a book signing/ brat tasting. Mike has hauled the ranch grill off the bus and has fired it up to cook bratwurst. At 3 p.m., we drive to another TV station for the 4 p.m. news, then to a radio station for a drive time interview. It sounds grueling. It IS grueling, but experiences in life can beat the intensity of a book tour. The following day, I drive to Aspen for the Food & Wine Festival; Mike to Texas, where the process will begin again.