Working with Don he asked me a question – “What would you say if you ever met the man who killed my mother?” – that changed my life. We went together to meet that man on death row and after forgiving him I am free of things that were dragging me before. Working on the book was a great experience in many ways.
I wasn’t sure I’d ever do a book, but now I am glad I did. Don Yaeger made the experience a lot less challenging than I thought it would have been.
I had written several books before, but Don presented me with a unique idea and it was one I enjoyed working on together. Plus, he was someone whose company I enjoyed. To work that long on a book, you have to enjoy being together.
There are few journalists in America – maybe none – who are like Don. His character, his passion, his integrity make him a special human being. Yes we wrote a book together, but today I’d tell you that if I had a son I’d want it to be Don Yaeger.
I chose Don because of the kind of people he had worked with before. When I saw that Walter Payton had trusted him to be his writer, I knew I could trust him, too.
Don Yaeger didn’t just work with my father on his book, he in some ways became a part of our family. I am still in touch with him all the time because I trust him. We’ve even called him in recent years when we just needed some media advice. He definitely has our best interests in mind.