Part II of My Interview With Ron Mattocks

Last week, I ran part I of my interview with Ron Mattocks, author of the fantastic book, Sugar Milk, and the man behind the extremely popular “daddy blog,” Clark Kent’s Lunchbox. For those of you who’ve never read any of Ron’s stuff before, I recommend you check him out. It won’t take long for his distinct voice and superior writing to suck you in. I also recommend you buy his book. I had the pleasure of reading it before it was released, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to reviewing it sometime next week.

In the meanwhile, check out part II of my conversation with one of my favorite writers, my buddy, Ron Mattocks.

Lots of people believe they have a book inside of them, but few ever actually write it. Why do you think that is? When did you decide to write yours? And what was it about Sugar Milk that demanded to be written?

Everyone has a interesting book in them that defines their uniqueness as a person, but where the separator comes is convincing yourself that people want to hear that story. Once you can do that then it takes courage, passion and discipline to get it on paper. That’s the next hurdle. I started Sugar Milk about six months after started feeling sorry for myself over losing my job. I felt like the experience had to written about because there were so many others like me out there being laid off and stuck at home with the kids. My hope was that Sugar Milk would show they weren’t alone in their feelings, and they could have fun with it too. I also wanted to have something to show for my time off, and more importantly, I wanted to have something tangible to leave behind for my kids to see that I loved them.

(The following question asked with tongue firmly planted in cheek.) Your man crush on the uber-sanctimonious Chris Martin of Coldplay is well documented. (Okay, maybe an exaggeration, but Ron does admit the he loves Coldplay, so you do the math.) Me personally? I’d rather mud-wrestle with Adam Lambert than sit across the table from that self-absorbed clown. He’s like Sting multiplied by Bono. Squared. What is it about him that evokes such drastically differing opinions? And what is it about him that you like so much?

Hahaha! That’s the most hilarious question anyone’s ever asked me! Actually I’m not a big Chris Martin fan. I like the band and the music, but beyond that, eh. I know a lot of people things they’re… a less than manly band, so really I play up my fandom as a self-effacing gimmick. Truth is  I’m more of a Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, sort of guy.

You and I have both written memoirs. Part of that process means putting yourself out there a little. Does that ever concern you? If so, how do you deal with those concerns?

Sure. It’s scary opening up like that. Friends and family in my hometown that haven’t heard from me in years are going to have their image of me shattered. Others are going to laugh at me for all my dating blunders and some are going to see me as a cry-baby over my depression-induced confessions. But being vulnerable also makes us real to others and that’s what people can relate to; so if people can find something in the story they can connect with then that’s the payoff in putting myself out there.

Now that you’ve been out there for a while, you’ve become pretty well-known by much of the blogging community. Do you find there are any mis-perceptions out there about you? If so, what are they?

I’m sure there are all kinds of mis-perceptions about me out there. Blogs to a large extent mimic our personalities, so if there are mis-perceptions about me with those I have physical contact with then I’m sure there are mis-perceptions about me in the blogosphere. But if there are any consistent ones out there, I don’t know what they would be. Why, what have you heard?

Any advice for new bloggers out there?

Of course this is just an opinion, but the maxims I’ve learned over three years of this is: 1, Find/fit into a community; 2, forget about compensation; 3, focus on good content.

Beach or mountains? Boxers or briefs? Steak or chicken? Drama or comedy?

Mountains with water view. Boxer-briefs. Chicken Fried Stake. Damady. – I pride myself on seeing both sides of an issue.

What is Sugar Milk about? One sentence.

How many conjunctions can I use? Okay. Clueless dad liberally uses sense of humor to overcome life obstacles and selfishness to become a better father and stronger person.

Thanks to you, John for having me and to John’s readers for reading my drivel.

Ron, the pleasure was all mine. And thank you, my good man, for all your fine work.

Related Posts with Thumbnails
About john cave osborne

John Cave Osborne is a writer whose work has appeared on such sites as DisneyBaby, Babble, YahooShine, TLC and the Huffington Post. He was also referenced by Jezebel one time, but he’s pretty sure they were making fun of him. He and his wife, Caroline, live with their five children and spastic dog in Knoxville, TN. Nothing annoys him more than joke-heavy bios written in the third person, with the possible exception of Corey Feldman.

  • http://wwwjackbenimble.blogspot.com/ Jack

    Ya done good fellas.

  • http://wwwjackbenimble.blogspot.com/ Jack

    Ya done good fellas.

  • http://www.madd0g.org Mo “Mad Dog” Stoneskin

    It’s hard to tell if I have any mis-perceptions about you. You ARE the perfect blend of physical strength and superior intelligence…right?

    Seriously, you ALMOST made me go write that book.

  • http://www.madd0g.org Mo “Mad Dog” Stoneskin

    It’s hard to tell if I have any mis-perceptions about you. You ARE the perfect blend of physical strength and superior intelligence…right?

    Seriously, you ALMOST made me go write that book.

  • http://liayf.blogspot.com Seattledad (Luke, I am Your Fa

    Got my copy yesterday! Thanks Ron. Look forward to the read.

  • http://liayf.blogspot.com Seattledad (Luke, I am Your Father)

    Got my copy yesterday! Thanks Ron. Look forward to the read.

  • http://worldofweasels.blogspot.com WeaselMomma

    I’m getting to meet Ron in person this Sunday!!!!!
    I’m looking very forward to it.

  • http://worldofweasels.blogspot.com WeaselMomma

    I’m getting to meet Ron in person this Sunday!!!!!
    I’m looking very forward to it.

  • http://clarkkentslunchbox.blogspot.com/ Clark Kent’s Lunchbox

    John, thanks again for having me. Sorry I’m a bit delinquent in my comment. The boys and I are having a wild time.

  • http://clarkkentslunchbox.blogspot.com/ Clark Kent’s Lunchbox

    John, thanks again for having me. Sorry I’m a bit delinquent in my comment. The boys and I are having a wild time.