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question No. One:

wHAT IS THE MOST INTERESTING EXPERIENCE ANY OF YOU HAVE HAD AS A GHOSTWRITER?


answered by Jim Dobkins


Well, the first thing that pops into mind is a nonfiction book the "author" wanted to have completed rapidly so he could give the first printed copy to his father. It was a cutting-edge work about a particular disease.


Sadly, the man's father died while the book was being printed. The man put a book in the coffin.


But the most bizarre experience I've had as a writer was being investigated as a possible suspect in an attempted shooting soon after release of my first major trade book, Winnie Ruth Judd: The Trunk Murders, J. Dwight Dobkins and Robert J. Hendricks. It is the only book that I did not use my informal name on the cover --  Jim Dobkins.


A lady, recently divorced from a Fortune 500 company CEO, wanted me to write her story. I did not take on that assignment. The next week I was investigated as a person of interest RE a reported shooting attempt at her home. But I had an iron-clad alibi: At the time of the reported shooting attempt I was giving a talk about the infamous "Trunk Murders" case to a group in downtown  Phoenix.


In essence, Winnie Ruth Judd was my alibi.

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