"Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter" by Frank Deford

Jeff Glor talks to legendary sportswriter Frank Deford about his book, "Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter."

Jeff Glor: What surprised you the most during the writing process?

Frank Deford: How difficult it is to get humor right. It's much easier to write serious or sad.

JG: What would you be doing if you weren't a writer?

FD: Right now, I'd probably be retired, because I can't imagine that I'd like anything as much as I do writing, so I'd probably have given up work by now. If I hadn't become a writer, I think I might have tried acting. It was something else I did well as a kid, and I liked it.

JG: What else are you reading right now?

FD: "Bring Up The Bodies," by Hilary Mantel.

JG: What's next for you?

FD: Try to dream up another novel, while still doing commentaries for NPR and the occasional piece on HBO for "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel."


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For more on "Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter" visit the Grove/Atlantic website.