Last week I drove up to Fort Worth to pick up Lavar Tomlinson for an appearance on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross. For those who don’t know, Terry Gross is one of the most popular hosts on National Public Radio and her show appears on more than 500 radio stations around the world.
The best part: Terry Gross fans buy books.
Terry rightfully insisted on having both a white and a black Tomlinson on the show. During the 90 minutes we taped, she spent the first half asking me to explain what I had learned about the Tomlinson Hill plantation, then she brought Lavar in to get his perspective. The show aired on Monday, July 21 the day before the book launched.
If you want to know how important a Terry Gross interview can be for an author: My Amazon ranking went from 54,308 on July 16 to 564 on July 22.
Here’s the interview: http://www.npr.org/2014/07/21/332607060/on-tomlinson-hill-journalist-seeks-truth-and-reconciliation