Yesterday I reviewed Jamie Little and Danielle McCormick’s Essential Car Care For Women- a book about the importance of appropriate car care for women by women. Today I am so excited to bring you an interview with the authors!!! Remember if you are in the Las Vegas Area March 8th and 9th you can meet Jamie and Danielle (see paragraph below interview for time and locations!)
Now onto the interview:
BG: How did you end up meeting and what made you decide to come up with this book?
Danielle – A few years ago I blew a head gasket on my car and decided it was time to learn how to maintain my car properly! I went to a book store to buy a book that was written for girls like me which just told me what I needed to know about owning and running a car. I was shocked when after extensive research the book store attendant told me that there wasn’t one! I thought there must be other girls like me out there and it was a really fun project to educate myself and write one. And I was right – as soon as it launched, it became a best seller in my native Ireland and went onto enjoy similar success in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. It was an amazing fun adventure and I ended up getting a blog with Discovery and features on some of their shows.
I moved to Silicon Valley a few years ago to work for a start-up and my publishers suggested that while I was in the states, I should launch an American version of my book. I wanted to team up with a local writer and came across Jamie Little. As soon as I read about her – I knew that she was ‘the one’. I am a big skier and not only does she report on NASCAR, but she also covers the X-Games. I am super jealous of her job. I approached her and she has just been great and has added additional sections to the book to make it more relevant to US readers.
BG: As a female who travels in cars long distances usually alone (often between California’s central coast and Las Vegas) I admit that the thought of car trouble makes me nervous. And while I love my car and do keep it in as good of condition I can I was wondering what in your mind is the single most important thing I should do maintenance wise?
Jamie - I too have been driving through the desert from Las Vegas to California, and back, for years. As a matter of fact, one of the many reasons I wanted to do this book with Danielle is because of something that happened to me on that long stretch of desert highway when I was 20 years old. It was about 6 am and I’m driving to a motocross race (cutting my chops to one day be a reporter), I was moving along at about 70 mph, inside lane, when BOOOM! my right front tire exploded. Yes, I had a cell phone. No, I didn’t have AAA or even know how to change a tire. I had to stop in the middle of nowhere and wait over two hours for a tow truck to come put my spare on and show me to the nearest tire store (45 miles away). So, to answer your question, to me, the single most important thing to maintain on your car is your tires. Check your tread every six months and check your air pressure every month! A blown tire at speed can take a life. Take it seriously. I was lucky in my situation. (more…)