Wednesday, November 11, 2020

As Good As Can Be by William A. Glass - Book Tour + Giveaway

As Good As Can Be

by William A. Glass


GENRE:   Coming of Age/Historical Fiction



Dave Knight is a wayward child growing up in a military family during the
1950s. His older sister wants to kill him but settles for regularly
beating him up. Other siblings join in the mayhem while their alcoholic
father contributes to the chaos with his unique approach to parenting.
As the Knight family moves from one army base to the next, Dave
develops a give-a-damn attitude that often leads to trouble. In high
school, he joins other delinquents in a series of escapades, some
should they ever be caught. 
dangerous, others funny, and a few that would be worthy of jail time
After barely graduating, Dave is drafted into the army and sent to
guard a nuclear weapons depot in Korea. There, he gets into trouble with
his sergeant and tries to avoid dishonorable discharge.


Upstairs all is pandemonium. Dan is furiously pounding on the bathroom

door while inside Marie stares into the mirror applying eyeliner. She’s in
the seventh grade now and has discovered that boys aren’t just for beating
couple finishing touches then slips it on while running up the
up. Meanwhile, Dave’s in the basement ironing a shirt. He gives it a

“Have you seen my book bag?” Melissa asks. 

“Isn’t that it next to the door?” Dave replies.

The bus pulls up in front of the house, and Melissa grabs the book bag.
Knight hands her a bacon-and-egg sandwich as she goes out. “Tell the
driver to wait,” he asks. Then one by one the other Knight children rush
out while the driver insistently honks his horn. Finally, Marie comes
downstairs, gets her sandwich, and strolls down the front walk, arms full
of accoutrements. As she climbs aboard, the enlisted men’s dependents in
mounting protests from others on the bus who object to being gassed this
back sarcastically applaud. Marie ignores them, and once seated she uses a
can of hairspray to laminate her teased tresses. She pays no heed to
early in the morning. 


Author Interview
1. Q. What would you consider to be your Kryptonite as an author?

    A. Whiskey

2. Q.  If you could tell your younger writing self, anything, what would it be?
    A.  Put your pen down and go fishing.

3. Q. What book do you feel is under-appreciated? How about overrated?
    A. Most underappreciated: Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant
Most Overrated: Trump: The Art of the Deal.                             

4. Q. Favorite childhood memory involving books?
    A. At age five, I memorized a Golden Reader called Grey Squirrel’s Party after having it read to me so many times. I figured out that the letters under the pictures were words and deciphered them.  Because of that, I was reading books like The Count of Monte Cristo by age eight.

5. Q. If you could dine with any literary character, who would it be and why?
    A. Mrs. Waters.  The reason is self-explanatory.

6. Q. What fantastical fictional world would you want to live in (if any) given the chance?
    A. Alice’s wonderland because I would feel right at home there after the last year of craziness.

7. Q. Did you want to be an author when you grew up?
    A. My only ambition growing up was to get out of school, then move as far from my family as possible.

 8. Q. If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
     A. Oppositional Defiant Disorder.

 9. Q. What is your most unusual writing quirk?
     A. I’m a college soccer coach and much of my writing is done on the team bus traveling to games.                                    

10.Q.  What’s one movie you like recommending to others?
     A.  Paths of Glory

11.Q. If you could own any animal as a pet, what would it be?
     A. A shelter dog.

12. Q. Have you ever met anyone famous?
      A.  I met General Courtney Hodges as a child living in Germany.  He was a hero of WW II.  


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Bill is a retired business executive now living in South Carolina with
his wife, Bettina.  She teaches high school German while Bill coaches
soccer at a small college.  Their three sons, Alex, Robert, and
Gordon, have all graduated from college and moved away to pursue

For recreation, Bettina and Bill enjoy hiking and camping out. 
Usually, they take their dog, Scout, along.  When the weather
permits, Bill commutes to work on his motorcycle.

Amazon link:



William A. Glass will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to
a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


  1. Thanks for taking time to share your book with us and it's always a pleasure in our family to learn about a new one.

  2. I'm happy to be here at Jazzy Book Reviews! Thanks for helping me get the word out about AS GOOD AS CAN BE. - Bill Glass

  3. Great interview, I enjoyed getting to know you a bit and your story sounds fascinating! Thanks for sharing with me!

  4. Thanks for following the tour! Today's interview was a lot of fun.

    Best wishes,


  5. I like the cover. It sounds like a good story about Army life. Thanks for the chance.


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