Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Alanah McGinley on 10/14/11 at 03:34 PM ET
It’s now available at Amazon.com and other outlets, so be sure to give it a read. At only $3.99, it’s a light investment for plenty of hockey entertainment. Here’s Joe’s quick synopsis of the book:
It’s a Brian McFarlane/Stan Fischler type collection of hockey stories, with personal twists a la Jack Falla or James Duthie. It can entertain the most novice fan while teaching something new to even the most hard core hockey fan. Guaranteed.
I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but Joe was also good enough to answer a few questions about the book for us. You can read that interview below.
Alanah: What led to your interest in hockey history and writing about it?
Joe: In the book I talk about my mom introducing me to the library as a youngster. I devoured all the juvenile hockey books in no time and by grade 1 or two I went on this big adventure across the library to the adult non-fiction section to find more hockey books. I found them, and devoured them too, learning to read as I went. Most of those books were older and regarded hockey history. Right from that early age I loved hockey history as much or even more so than the current game.
As for writing about it, it’s a pretty simple story. I love hockey history, and I can not imagine why every hockey fan would not love it too. Ever since I was a kid I’ve been collecting all of this information - first on paper, then on my computer as I got older. But I realized it was not doing much good there. I needed to share it, be it online or in hockey books.
AM: What led you to write Pucks on the ‘Net?
JP: I have previously written two traditional books, The World Cup of Hockey and The Legends of Team Canada. The publishing process for both books was frustrating and stifling. I wanted to do another book, but I wanted it retain full control. I wanted to have a better experience. Granted, I am totally on my own with the e-book, but I think it will be an interesting challenge.
Both of my previous books came out before I met my girlfriend and her three kids, which is over 6 years ago now.. I have been putting off writing another book while the kids are growing up. But now as they near graduating high school, I wanted to have another title come out before they started leaving for college, so they remember that I am an author. With the e-book they will not get the chance to see the book on store shelves, but maybe they and their friends can use their iPads for something more than Facebook.
AM: I see Kirstie McLellan Day provided the forward for the book, a bestselling author herself and biographer of Theo Fleury, Bob Probert and Ron MacLean. Can you tell us how she came to be involved in your project?
JP: I own and operate HockeyBookReviews.com, where over the past 4 or 5 years I’ve worked with most authors and publishers in consulting and promoting their hockey book releases. So I’ve made some great contacts in the industry over that time, and Kirstie has been the best of the best. This still blows me away - she had both of my previous books before we ever met. She was a fan of mine before I even knew who she was! I didn’t expect her to say yes, but I asked if she would write the foreword for Pucks On The ‘Net and she eagerly accepted. She is as good as it gets in the hockey book world, and I can’t wait to read her newest book, Cornered: Ron MacLean’s autobiography.
AM: Do you have any favourite stories from the book that you want to give us a hint about?
JP: Some of my favorite stories are where I get quite personal. One that is sure to get some laughs is how I broke my front two teeth in a hockey accident, but not quite how you would think. I lost them in a hockey card scramble. And of course the story of how a trip to the dump made me into a hockey fan. Then there is the old time hockey stories like how Doug Harvey got into a heated argument with a convicted murder who also happened to be the umpire in the Habs’ baseball team appearance in a game against prison inmates. Or about the night that Dave Semenko boxed Muhammed Ali in a publicity stunt organized by Mark Messier’s Uncle Larry. Everyone needs an Uncle Larry. There’s also great stories about Wayne Gretzky peeing his pants and Mario Lemieux’s crazy mom.
AM: Any future projects in the works to tell us about?
JP: HockeyBookReviews.com will keep me very busy now through Christmas, as I work to promote every other author’s new titles. And of course GreatestHockeyLegends.com remains my top website. So between those two sites and promoting my own book I suspect I won’t have much time for much else in the next few months. I am blogging about the Canucks for the local newspaper and I’m hoping to expand upon that soon.
Book: Pucks on the Net
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