|Posted on May 3, 2010 at 11:29 AM|
Not surprisingly, the creation of this book project is a monumental undertaking; what was thought to be a one-month timeframe in which to prepare a book proposal for presentation to publishers is now entering its fifth week. Kamal has been a stage performer beginning at the age of five to the present, and he has preserved a warehouse-full of articles, publicity, and memorabilia from which to draw, along with his phenomenal memory.
I can barely remember what I had for dinner last night, but Kamal is able to channel decades-old events and relate them to me as though they happened just yesterday. That is what is so magical about his life story, his ability to transform himself back into those stages of his life which then, for his listener, appear current--the work of a gifted actor. He has recorded and continues to record exhaustive hours of interview tapes for the book.
Each time we discuss a segment of his life, tangents sprout leading to related historical occurrences which then must be investigated and confirmed--keep in mind that Kamal's career spans dance, music, and theatre. Authenticity is vital to the publishing of a life story (remember the James Frey fiasco), and every event must be fact checked. So the research continues. We will sell the book based on three full chapters and a synopsis of the remaining material to be covered in the book, Kamal's credentials, a list of similar books by other authors, and an overview of the project. There's a lot of work to be done, and we'll keep you apprised of our progress.
I am so proud to be a part of this exciting project!