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Newsletter leads to first book

Checking In With ... Bill Eddy

Newport real estate consultant Bill Eddy's musings evolve into 295-page 'Loves, Life & Laughter."

August 22, 2013|By Michael Miller
  • Bill Eddy recently wrote "Loves, Life & Laughter."
Bill Eddy recently wrote "Loves, Life & Laughter." (Don Leach, Daily…)

When Bill Eddy started his newsletter nine years ago, he didn't have any aspirations to be an author. The Newport Beach retail real estate consultant had accumulated a thick Rolodex of contacts, and as a way of staying in touch, he began emailing the Eddy Line, a series of reflections on travel, culture and other topics, to about 1,100 people.

As it turned out, there was more demand for Eddy's writing than he imagined at first. Friends began asking when he planned to write a book, and this year, he responded with "Loves, Life & Laughter: The Highly Enjoyable Journey of Bill Aloha Eddy." (The fictitious middle name was inspired by his years living in Hawaii.)

Eddy's 295-page opus, which details his life and career, came out in May under his own Aloha Eddy Publishing, and it's available on Amazon in print and as an eBook.

Eddy, who co-runs the Eddy Company near Fashion Island, spoke with the Daily Pilot last week about his experiences as a first-time book author. The following are excerpts from the conversation:

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The title of your book is "Loves, Life & Laughter." Tell me why "Loves" is in the plural.

Well, I've always been a very sociable person. I was active in my fraternity in college. I like people. I love people. I'll talk to anybody on the street, whether they clean the toilets at night or [they're] the chairman of the board.

My mother told me when I was a little boy that "Bill never knew any strangers." So I've always been gregarious and enjoyed meeting people and talking to people, and I think, as a result, you develop friendships and relationships, and people seem to relate to that. ...

I've had a lot of fun. I've known a lot of women, and I've gotten a lot out of life. I've been very fortunate to be exposed to a lot of interesting places and travel much of the world and be with some interesting people.

In the press kit for your book, you talk about growing up in the "Ozzie and Harriet generation," as you call it. Tell me a little about that time. Do you think a sort of mythology has sprouted up around the '50s?

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