When not busy earning Emmys as an anchor on America’s most beloved morning show, Al Roker is an avid author. His “Don’t Make Me Stop this Car!: Adventures in Fatherhood” made a New York Times bestseller, and he’s co-written three murder mysteries with Dick Lochte, detailing the mysterious travails of celebrity-chef-turned-sleuth, Billy Blessing. Al will be discussing the latest Billy Blessing novel, “The Talk Show Murder,” on TODAY on Tuesday, but we here at TODAY.com thought we’d fly a few quick questions past the quick-witted, culinarily-inclined and mystery-fixated anchor. Here’s what Al had to say.
1. Between being a TODAY anchor and your other pursuits, you’re an incredibly busy man. In light of your packed schedule, what is your writing routine like?
This is the first book I wrote entirely on the iPad. Kept it with me constantly so that I could write wherever and whenever I could. I really enjoy writing and always have. This made it so much easier to get it done.
2. What was the last book you were really excited about?
I loved “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.” Talk about a terrific mashup of genres; historical fiction, sci-fi and horror!! It really would explain a lot.
3. As the founder of Al’s Book Club for Kids, you’re a champion for children’s literacy. What are your favorite children’s books?
Our first book was “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” now a major motion picture. Going back to my childhood, “Green Eggs and Ham” was one of my early favorites. I loved the Hardy Boys and then later, Sherlock Holmes.
4. What fictional character would you most like to have dinner with?
Actually I would make it a dinner party. I would have Stephanie Plum, Myron Bolitar, Easy Rawlins and Dexter Morgan over for dinner. I love a good mystery.
5. Who, when push comes to shove, would you say is your favorite author?
Oh, but if I tell you, I'll have to have you killed. And I know a few people who know a few people.
Tune in to TODAY Tuesday to watch Al Roker discuss "The Talk Show Murders."