Q: Why did you decide to write this new book about Tiger Woods?
A: Tiger’s win at the Masters in April was so enormously popular that TV ratings records weren’t just broken, they were shattered. Among other things, this book provides instant nostalgia.
Q: You've written many books about golf--did you need to do much research to write this one, and did you learn anything especially fascinating while working on the book?
A: This is my second book on Tiger. The first—Chasing Tiger—provided me with a baseline knowledge about this very interesting man.
Surprises? I re-discovered how hard he works and works out, and how very far he fell. All the way to laughing-stock territory.
A: Workouts don’t stop the ageing process or prevent arthritis in surgically repaired knees and spines.
That said, TW seems to be in a happy place now in his personal life, and that will help a lot in everything he does. He says he’s planning yet another ghost-written memoir, but introspection has not been Tiger’s long suit up to now.
Q: How would you compare Tiger Woods to other golfers you've written about?
A: Can’t help comparing Woods to [Ben] Hogan, the patron saint of the practice tee, who also engineered a very unlikely comeback. I compared Tiger’s redemption story to a handful of others—including survivors of cancer, a plane crash, a bullet to the head, and scandal--in Roaring Back.
Q: What are you working on now?
A: Right now I’m finishing my first novel. After writing 18 nonfiction books, it feels as different as hockey to figure skating. I’m on thin ice, as usual.
Q: Anything else we should know?
A: I’d like your readers to know that Roaring Back is a fun read even for non-golfers. And I thank you!
--Interview with Deborah Kalb