While I'm best known for drawing cartoon mice, I actually started out my multi-pronged publishing career by writing and self-publishing (with Jonathan Follett, my partner-in-crime of many decades) a nonfiction travel memoir called GRAY HIGHWAY: AN AMERICAN UFO JOURNEY. The basics: Jon and I hopped in my purple 1995 Geo Prizm and drove 12,000 miles around the United States, visiting famous UFO sites and interviewing the people we met.
UPDATE: Read an excerpt now, for free!
Creating that book played a huge part in my eventual career. It was my first long-form work (I was publishing short articles all through that period at the great Country Living magazine, of course). It massively honed my design and print skills as we went through the arduous process of self-publishing. It made me begin to design and build web sites (we created an online magazine, Strange Voices, to force ourselves to write chapters, which we put online). It also forged the all-digital cartooning technique I use to this day on BABYMOUSE (from a daily Web comic, Marty Gray, that I drew for Strange Voices.)
The small first edition of GRAY HIGHWAY sold out, thank goodness. A few years ago, we put out a new edition using Amazon's Print-on-Demand technology. And now, thanks to the long-awaited e-book revolution, we have been able to publish a new digital edition! GRAY HIGHWAY is now available for reading on the Amazon Kindle (or on any of the devices that run Kindle software, like iPhones, iPads, your laptop...)! The price: A mere $2.99! (Pocket change.)
Go get it now! Guaranteed to be fun.
UPDATE [10/5/2010]: Those of you with iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touches can now buy GRAY HIGHWAY through Apple's iBooks App! Finally have a link to the book!