When Camera Boy: An Army Journalists War in Iraq became a WSJ best-seller, I won’t lie: tears ran down my face. Did I really think I’d make a bestseller list after hundreds of rejections? Maybe I did. I am the dreamer who just doesn’t understand the word “quit.” After all, I’m trying to single handily bring back the ascot from extinction. Do you have any idea how many people hate the ascot? Oh, it’s a shame. When I’m not campaigning for 1800s-era neckties, I’m writing about wine or whiskey. I dabble in tech, retail, business and veterans health writing, too, and am a food photographer with a studio and stylist. Maybe one day I’ll create my own ascot line. Who knows? A boy can dream, right?
Women invented beer, invented distillation and owned major whiskey brands, including Bushmills, Dalmore, Laphroaig and Johnnie Walker's most important distillery. Women were the best bootleggers and redefined bourbon packaging. Their stories have never been told. Until now.
Fred Minnick captures whiskey in words and photos for Whisky Magazine and Whisky Advocate. He also writes for Parade, Scientific American, Covey Rise and many others. Minnick's critically acclaimed book "Whiskey Women" won ForeWord Reviews '14 "Book of the Year" in Women's Studies, while his Iraq War memoir "Camera Boy" became a Wall Street Journal bestseller. Minnick is a two time the Pink Lady International Food Photographer of the Year finalist and is the Bourbon Authority for the Kentucky Derby Museum. He judges the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and the World Whisky Awards. Most importantly, he wears ascots.