Mike Greenberg’s dream job? Full-time writer; publishes second novel

I wrote about Mike Greenberg, author, for the Chicago Tribune.

From the column:


Everyone has their idea of a dream job. Even those people who already have dream jobs.

For the last 15 years, Mike Greenberg has teamed with Mike Golic for the popular “Mike & Mike” morning sports talk show that airs on ESPN Radio, ESPN2 and locally on WMVP-AM 1000.

As great gigs go, Greenberg’s has to rank right up there. Greenberg, though, covets something else: Being a full-time novelist.

“My dream life would be to get up in the morning and drops the kids off at school,” Greenberg said. “Then I would go to a nice, comfortable office and write all day. I don’t see that happening in the foreseeable future.”

For now, Greenberg will have to settle for being a part-time writer. He recently came out with his second novel, “My Father’s Wives.”

Greenberg’s story is about a successful businessman who is trying to come to grips with the possibility that his wife is having an affair. In an effort to reconcile his own life, he visits the six ex-wives of his late father.

In the new age of social media, Greenberg actually had to tell people that the book isn’t based on his father, who has been married to his mother for 54 years. And no, his wife isn’t having an affair.

“The idea is purely random,” Greenberg said. “Once I was seated at a dinner in Los Angeles next to a guy who said his father had six wives. He said, “Mother’s Day is the most expensive day of the year for me.’ When he told me that, I said, ‘There’s the (main) character.’ I never met the guy before and I haven’t seen him since.”


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