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By Tamara Ikenberg

Q. What compelled you to become an author?

A. The book ”Elvis and Me” was a book in response to a ”Elvis” by Albert Goldman, which was so critical of Elvis in every aspect. Goldman did one on Lenny Bruce and John Lennon. I did not want ”Elvis” to be a book my daughter read thinking this was her father. It was more about a desperation to clear his name. I did a very personal book.

Q. What was the process of writing like?

A. Writing is never easy, because you get very emotional, and you have to put everything in perspective. One wants the reader to understand them, and I found so many times when I wrote, I truly understood what I was writing. But you have to look at it from the perspective of the reader, and writing takes on a whole different form. So I wrote and rewrote. I handwrote everything. And the girl who was helping me, Sandra, she’d edit it. I have boxes and boxes of handwritten pages. It was not easy, no. It’s a very long process. I said I’d never do it again.

Q. Would you take a stab at writing fiction?

A. Maybe, because it’s not so personal.

Q. What do you take time out to enjoy?

A. I certainly try to spend a lot of time with my family. I feel that’s very important, especially in a day and age now where families are growing apart. I value my family very much. I definitely exercise, and I make sure that I don’t get stressed out. I find things I like to do and mix it with what I need to do. In America here, we are very work-involved people. We tend to put that before everything else. We don’t put enough time in for ourselves.

Q. Have you ever been to Kentucky before?

A. I came to Lexington once when I was doing ”Dallas.” I was there with Larry Hagman and Linda Gray and we went to the races. We had come in for the Derby, and I couldn’t stay for it. I remember Anita Madden very well. But I was so sorry I missed the big race

Source: elvis-express

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