The paperback version of CONFESSIONS OF A MOVIE ADDICT, my amusing life-at-the-movies memoir, was released in 2001 -Ė and Iím glad itís available on Amazonís Kindle now. Because it was so much fun to write this book, Iím pleased when reviewers and fans have fun reading it. Warren Epstein, who was a film critic for "The Gazette" in Colorado Springs back then, shocked me -- but made me laugh -- with his reaction below
I hate Betty Jo Tucker. As a fellow Colorado film critic, I’ve loathed her for years. Sure, you can call it professional jealousy. But see it from my perspective. We all go to a film festival. Most of us get an article or two out of it. Betty Jo gets an adventure. She ends up being served dinner by the filmmakers, for heaven’s sake! Well, now I have to put up with her new book, CONFESSIONS OF A MOVIE ADDICT, and, believe me, it’s about as Betty Jo as it can be. She takes us behind the scenes of the entertainment industry, sharing her favorite celebrity interviews and revealing her personal connections and passions for the movies. As if we care. (OK, the mishap at her first porn film had me laughing. But just a little.) You’ll probably read this book and fall in love with Betty Jo. See if I care.
Warren’s comments ended up on the back cover of the paperback version, and he appeared as a guest on my Movie Addict Headquarters show to help celebrate the tenth anniversary of its publication plus the launch of the Kindle edition at Amazon.com. Now the Arts & Culture Editor for the Colorado Springs Gazette, Warren expressed support for my decision to donate my author’s royalties to The Film Foundation, a group founded by Martin Scorsese to help with film preservation. And he refused to take back anything he wrote in 2001!
Thanks again, Warren.