About your Book:
When thirty-two-year-old actor Gregor Collins reluctantly interviewed for a job as a caregiver more out of a favor to a friend–he had no idea his life was about to change forever.
The Accidental Caregiver charts Gregor’s evolution from a self-absorbed artist to an adoring caregiver for Maria Altmann, the world-renowned Holocaust refugee from Austria. Seconds into their chance meeting in 2008 it felt as if they had known each other their entire lives.
Gregor offers us a personal and unprecedented look at Maria over the three intimate years he cared for her–her thrilling escape from the Nazis, her fight and subsequent win in the landmark Supreme Court Case to return original Gustav Klimt artwork that belonged to her family, and the extraordinary people she met along the way. But the real heart of the story goes beyond mere historical fact.
Through a raw and honest portrayal of their unlikely and unbreakable bond, imbued with humorous, candid anecdotes about his mercurial relationship with Hollywood, Gregor takes us on a deeply emotional journey of how he opened up his heart to a 92-year-old woman in need–and in turn experienced the love he had been searching for his entire life.
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I’ve spent years building up a social media following through my work as an actor and filmmaker, so it was a natural decision to use my own firepower. I created Bloch-Bauer Books as my own publisher. It was very important for me to tell this story in my own words, and releasing it myself was the only way for me to ensure that happened.
How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
It’s scarier. By far. Anytime you are opening up the deepest chasm of your emotions and thoughts and fears and hopes and regrets for the world to see, the stakes become higher. I wake up every day with a pit in my stomach, because every morning it dawns on me that the world is reading (and judging) my heart. And that is as frightening as it is empowering.
Gregor is an actor, writer and producer living in Los Angeles. He was born in Mountain View, California, and moved to Washington, D.C. when he was two, where he resided until he finished high school. After graduating from Florida State University in 2000 with a BA degree in Communication, he drove to Los Angeles and began working as a production assistant for a start-up TV show called Blind Date. He has since produced an array of reality television shows and independent films, and performed critically acclaimed lead roles in the features Night Before the Wedding and Goodbye Promise. Besides his acting and other projects, he is a staff writer for Film Courage, and a passionate supporter and champion of the DIY movement.