I grew up in a small town in Connecticut, and started writing stories in the 3rd grade. I discovered college radio when I was 17; bands I’ve loved over the years include the Flaming Lips, Butthole Surfers, Naked Raygun, Sonic Youth, Giant Sand, Dead Kennedys, Fugazi, Echo & the Bunnymen, New Order, Frightened Rabbit, Chin Up Chin Up and Clinic. For some reason, it took me until age 35 to hit upon the idea of writing fiction about music. I used real-life events, bands and friends to build a collection of connected short stories that touch on universal themes such as love, death, friendship and self-discovery. I've lived outside Boston for 20 years and am a Red Sox fanatic.
Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
In "(C)rock Stories: Million-Dollar Tales of Music, Mayhem and Immaturity," there are 15 lively stories centered on punk rock, classic rock and post-punk. You don’t have to like those kinds of music, or music at all (but who the hell doesn’t like music?) to enjoy the book. The stories are about growing up, figuring out who you are, trying to understand love and friendships and having fun.
Q: Why did you go indie?
I spent the better part of 10 years writing my collection, and honestly, I just wanted to get it out there, and wasn’t interested in spending my time trying to sell the book to agents or publishers. I wanted to get it on the market and then use it to wave in front of publishers’ faces when I’m ready to put something else out.
Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
I don’t read enough, but some fiction I’ve enjoyed in recent years is Joe Pernice’s “Meat Is Murder”; Tom Perrotta’s “Little Children”; Steve Almond’s “My Life In Heavy Metal”; and Peter Bognanni’s “House of Tomorrow.”
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