Welcome Jim Baugh…
Author of HOOKED and producer of Jim Baugh’s Outdoor T.V.
About the new novel “HOOKED” by Jim Baugh
HOOKED” is based on the true-life story of
Virginia outdoor television producer Jim Baugh. Jim Baugh Outdoors TV is one of
Americas most diverse and entertaining outdoor programs and has been in
syndication since 1989.
“HOOKED” is a hilarious look behind the
scene stories of filming a southern outdoor TV show. From the Chesapeake Bay to
Key West these on location excursions will make your sides hurt with laughter.
A cast of sea faring characters full of color and humor. From the docks in
Gloucester Virginia to the Atlantic Ocean and a boat load of jolly
swashbuckling Pirates. The stories and characters in “HOOKED” are timeless and
span a period of over forty years.
In contrast, “HOOKED” also explores the
solemn drama of dealing with divorce, death, and mental illness.
The story also delves into the totally
crazy insane world of mid-life on-line computer dating. This is a hilarious
look at dating in the computer world after 25 years of solid marriage. These
“Dating” stories are contemporary, racy, scary, cheerful, timeless, and based
on true events. Anyone who is old enough to date will soon relate to “HOOKED”
as the comical reference for dating in the new millennium.
This adult romantic comedy story also
relates to the power and testament of faith.
50 Years of an exciting action packed
extremely charismatic colorful life and career, packed into 28 chapters . It is
a fast ride for sure.
Jim Baugh Bio
Jim Baugh has been producing national and
regional television shows for close to 30 years. Programs include:
Award winning Jim Baugh
Outdoors TV (220 episodes), Ski East, Classic Fishing. Fishing Virginia and, RV
Times. Jim also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Music from
Virginia Commonwealth University. Jim writes, performs, and engineers all the
soundtracks for his television programs.
Jim Baugh Outdoors has broadcast on The
Family Channel, The Outdoor Channel, The Sportsman Channel, Fox Sports, America
One, and many broadcast affiliates throughout the Mid-Atlantic and South
Writer \ Author
Jim Baugh has written over 300 columns for
numerous magazines during the last 23 years including:
Motor boating Magazine, Fishing Smart, The
Chesapeake Angler, The Sportsman Magazine, Woods and Waters, Colonial Outdoors,
Virginia Beach Sports Fishing and Travel Virginia Magazine.
Jim also writes and manages three
on-line blogs including “Jim’s
Galley” and the “JBO TV”
Jim Baugh’s first published book, “HOOKED” was released by
Solstice Publishing world wide late June of 2011. The book instantly won
critical acclaim and earned a five star rating and was featured book of the
month by the publisher during the first month’s release.
Jim’s second book, “COOKED” stories behind
the recipes will be released during the fall of 2013.
Hi Jim, and welcome to our blog site. How
was the trip over?
Well, considering I did not have to deal
with rental cars, a taxi, air planes and hotel accommodations, I would say
pretty good. Just put in the old web site address and away we go. World wide
travel in seconds. It is a very, “Go Green” way to travel and do an interview
Tell me a little about why you wrote
“Hooked” and what initially was the inspiration for such a funny book.
It probably initially started when I was
around five or six years old. I grew up on the docks of Gloucester Virginia and
the characters on the boats and docks were just larger than life, always doing
practical jokes, fishing, just having a ball.
Growing up I always thought those times
were very special and wanted the memory to live forever.
Then, during my forties I was single again
after a great marriage of 25 years. When I was thrust upon the on line computer
dating world, things changed real fast. The people I would meet and the stories
were just WAY to funny.
I was dating the woman in HOOKED, DC
Nympho, and we were in the swimming pool laughing how funny on line dating was.
We swapped war stories, then I began to get an idea. Produce a game show
called, “Meet My Match Game”.
Well, the idea turned into a screenplay,
then finally a book. However it took me a few years to figure out how to
combine the story.
I wanted to also include in the story line
my memories of growing up on the docks in Gloucester, and also the hilarious
behind the scenes antics of producing a southern outdoor show.
Sounds like a great idea!! Then you started
I tried, but could not. I started with a
screenplay and kept wanting to direct and block shots as opposed to just
writing. That slowed me to a halt.
What did you do??
I called a high school friend of mine who
had been a successful playwright in NY City and ask for advice. He simply said
it did not mater if it was a book or screenplay, just get it down on paper. So,
since I had been a columnist for 20 years, I figured I would try the manuscript
Did that work?
Yes, I wrote the book in 12 days.
That is pretty much impossible, no one
writes close to 400 pages in 12 days
Well, I was actually also editing Jim Baugh
Outdoors as well at the time. This is hard to explain, but once I figured out
how to write the book, it was like turning on a garden hose at full power.
The manuscript just flowed at full speed.
Afterwards it did take over four months to edit and polish, that was were the
real work was, because for sure I had to do a lot of fictionalizing and
compositing of some characters.
I was so truthful in my writing, I would
have gotten in BIG trouble with certain people had I not fictionalized the
book. That took some careful writing because although fictionalized,
I did not want the essence and truth of the story to be changed, and it was
What were the hardest and the most
enjoyable part of the editing process for you?
The hardest would be continuity- that can
be a real bear. Especially when you’re fictionalizing, changing names and
places, etc, etc.
The most fun was the humor. Once mostly
edited I would read through the manuscript and look for ANY place that I could
interject some humor, make the situation more humorous or more realistic and
The characters in HOOKED are so larger than
life, simply by writing true to their character was funny enough. That was key,
getting the character down so that the reader could feel like the person was
sitting right in their living room. This, I believe worked very well in the
book. You don’t feel removed from the characters at all, you feel like they are
sitting next to you. That, is one of the things that makes HOOKED so special.
Do you have some favorite “FUNNY” lines
form the book??
Oh yes, here are just a few! I LOVE these!
Chapter, “It Foams at the Mouth”. –The early years.
* From what unearthly
demonic poisoned shallow grave did he drag this possessed ugly beast from I
will never know. Someone must have sacrificed a goat in a gone wrong satanic
ritual somewhere in the neighborhood and then this thing showed up. She made
Mommy Dearest look like one of Santa’s Elves grandchildren at Mass.
* I would think at any minute she would pee
on the floor, spit pea soup, do a 360 head turn, and speak in foreign languages
while levitating off the bed. We are talking a SERIOUS Bitch here.
* “You are not allowed to sit in these
chairs, but we are going to have your portraits done and hang them over the
chairs.” I thought to myself why not just let us sit in the chairs and skip the
Tim”-Behind the scenes of JBO TV
* I think Tim and I had a little different
perspective of what a houseboat was and his renovation meant that he bought a
pool toy at WalMart and stuck it inside the floating shack.
* Now shooting a wild pig and boarding it
was not enough for this captain, no, he immediately gutted the pig and cleaned
it right there on the boat. He said it was easier to do it on his boat, and he
* Next morning, walking back to the front
of the trailer on the sofa was the passed out Dominick’s Pizza Delivery guy. I
opened the door and outside was his car still running, door open, and now 50
cold pizzas in the back seat.
* I said, “No sir, the only problem I have
is that your B & B is 100 degrees and you put chocolates in your guest’s
* “Damit man!!! Don’t listen to me I don’t
know shit about flying an airplane, just photography! Fly the dam plane and
don’t listen to a word I say!!’
* “We don’t need air conditioning up here
in the mountains”. Really? Boy could have fooled me. To me 100 degrees is a 100
degrees whether you’re in the mountains or at the beach. According to my math,
it is the same.
Chapter, “Dating in the
* She had so much baggage she should have had a retractable handle coming out of her ass and rubber wheels instead of feet.
* She did not want Nassau. She wanted the Pope and she was not even Catholic.
* Without a doubt, she could be the permanent poster child for the Jerry Spring Show.
* Could you imagine having her as your physician? I’d rather take up Scientology!
* She had turned into DC Nympho! It was like Clark Kent running into a phone booth and turning into superman. In this case blond-e had turned into raging sex goddess with a BIG
Yeah, I can see you have a pretty good
sense of humor there Jim!! Was there any stumbling block in the story?? No
mental block at all??
Yes, the ending. In the screenplay outline
I had the ending down, however for the book, different story. I was stuck. So,
I left it as is, Rose and I would come back from the Keys, then simply go into
the final Chapter that was a very short chapter. Sort of my wrap up about faith
and how it pulled me out of many difficult times throughout my lifetime.
To be honest, the last chapter, chapter 28,
I did not write. The man upstairs wrote it, I just took dictation.
Very true, this happened on night at around
3 am, I woke up from a perfect sleep. Wide awake and it just came to me, this
vision of how to perfectly end the book, and I was only a third of the way
through writing it at that time.
The vision was of this football game when I
was in high school, and we had won a game by only inches. I sat down and
starting writing this final chapter, not making any sense at all to me, again,
I felt like I was taking dictation, not writing.
Once done, I read it and thought, gee, I
don’t know how this is going to work at all, but will leave as is. Then I wrote
the rest of the book.
Sure enough, chapter 27 flowed into chapter
28 like it was destined to be. Like I said, I owe the credit to someone else,
not me. It is a very inspiration ending and has effected just about everyone
that has read it. Wish I could take credit.
That is quite an incredible story, sound
like you have a very important co writer?
Yes, you could say that. I only wrote that
Rose and I got married during the last week of editing. I did get stuck on that
one to. But with some guidance from you know who, the “Big Guy”, I was clearly
directed to end it getting re married on the beach in Key Largo. This is the
only thing in HOOKED that actually has not happened, but hope to one day.
Getting re married in the book was a big
deal, hear is why. It enabled me to wrap up all the messages in the book, all
the themes came together, and it was about the most positive reflection on a
relationship one could have.
In HOOKED, there was quite a bit of trouble
with woman. To or three mental cases, bizarre dating stories, etc,etc. So
ending HOOKED on such a positive note helped smooth out the message. I could
not of figured a better way to wrap things up. Very inspirational and funny
Now that HOOKED is published and out there,
what do think about the publishing business so far?
Interesting. I can’t say enough good things
about our publisher Solstice Publishing. Great people and they work closely
with their authors. I like that a lot. Not something you’re likely to get in
However I recently do have a gripe on the
business end regarding our wonderful world wide distribution system.
Lord tell, what is that? (laughs)
The market is being drowned in 99 cent
eBooks that is flooding the market in mostly a negative way. It is not good for
published authors or publishers, and in the long run, not good for the reader
Here is what happens. Self published authors will put up anything on the web and sell it for 99 cents. Add to that, there are some published books that ARE good and worthwhile that are also doing the 99 cent thing. This fills up readers eBooks with an occasional good cheap book, but fills the rest with crap. Then the reader says, “Hell, I got 3000 books, mostly for free on my kindle, why would I buy and other books? I have more to read in a lifetime!”
The thing is, out of the 3000 books, there
may be 10 worth even looking at.
I would like to see some sort of
catorigaztion so that people would know what they are buying.
But, then again, the market may just take
care of itself. Once the word gets out, you get what you pay for, then maybe
that will stop the on-slaught of 99 cent books.
The other thing that I am not sure authors
realize is that if you get catorigized as a 99 cent author, I think you can
forget ever being published by a reputable publisher. Some may squeak by, but
only a few.
What do you think is a fair price for
Depends on the eBook. I think if you want
them to sell, they need to be on the low end at least a couple of bucks, on the
high end up to seven bucks. I just priced HOOKED at $4.99 and that is where it
will stay for quite a while. Five bucks and under is where most of the sales
are going to happen. The industry is not changing by the month, but by the day.
What are some other books that you have
been reading lately?
I just finished Bill Bruford’s
autobiography and loved it. Rutie’s just finished the Help and loved it. Next I
am reading Joe Jacksons How I left the state of TN and am a better man for it.
Sounds good Jim! How do people get in
contact with you and are you going to give us a recipe like you promised??
First up is the HOOKED web site \ blog.
Everything is there, contact info, order info, our newspaper reviews, which
thankfully have been excellent. Hooked is available just about everywhere on
line. Amazon, etc.
My direct e mail is
Also I am on GoodReads now, great site
Thanks Jim for stopping by, it has been a fun chat, now,
what’s for dinner!!!
Check out Dinner on the Fly for Jim’s stellar muffuletta sandwich recipe!