I grew up in Charlotte reading the Charlotte Observer. My parents had the old black plastic box on a stake next to their regular mailbox. When I went to college, I continued to subscribe and they’d drop it off at my dorm room door. I grew up reading and loving Tommy Tomlinson’s column. His writing was real, just real, and always witty but not overly sarcastic.
I was so happy to learn that he decided to write a book about weight loss, The Elephant in the Room: One Fat Man’s Quest to Get Smaller in a Growing America. When I found out he was speaking at our local Imaginon children’s library, I had to go!
Tommy Tomlinson also runs a South Bound podcast that is aired on our local NPR so he’s comfortable speaking to an audience. He started the evening by summarizing three main events in his life that color the background of the book. Then he talked about how he and his publisher decided on the topic. He read three excerpts from the book and ended the night by answering questions from the audience.
Yours truly got the mic and asked about his book cover. It’s so simple, brightly colored, and has no images. Tommy explained that he wanted something that could be easily spotted across the room in a bookstore. The text is shaped like his belly with the belt across the center where his waist is. I never saw that so I’m glad he explained : )
If you can catch Tommy on his book tour, it’s worth going. He is a warm, friendly, and funny speaker! and even better, if you have a chance to buy his book, you’ll be supporting a local Charlotte author!