The Next Big Thing

1. What is your working title of your book?

Rock’N’Roll in Locker Seventeen has been my title since the beginning. It came to me early and just felt right. I have a first draft of a prequel where I am using the title of After the Music but that one doesn’t feel right. I keep hoping a better title will come to me during revisions. My Nanowrimo book is going to be the sequel. It’s going to either be called Facing the Music or Face the Music.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

You know the family on the block who has never been able to fit one car into a three car garage? Yes that was my family (and probably yours if you are being honest). What can I say we are Californian we don’t have a basement or an attic just a garage. Anyway the time came when we had to sell the house and to sell a house you need to declutter. The easiest way to declutter is just to toss 95% of your junk into the garage, but what if your garage is already full? That’s when you get a storage space.

The storage facility weirdly fascinated me. Did people really live there and what were people keeping inside all of the lockers. There had to be some awesome stuff in at least some of them. Plus they would be a great place to hide things. This fascination was the germination of the idea for my book although I didn’t actually write it until years later.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

Young Adult and Music Fiction. Not that this is an official genre but it should be.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Ones who look like Ricky and Steven. I don’t have anyone in mind, I know what they look like in my head and I’m sure Hollywood wouldn’t match it, but I would definitely take the check.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A teenage boy discovers what happened to a famous rock star who mysteriously vanished thirty years before.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

It’s self-published and available at Amazon and other online retailers. It’s the must have gift for everyone this holiday season. Well at least in my house it is.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

A few months maybe I don’t remember. All the revisions took a long time however. Sadly I had to lose the scene where someone was storing a kit to make a back yard storage shed. It didn’t add anything to the plot. Although my Dad did have keep an unopened sears storage shed kit sitting in our garage for 20 years.

 

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

 

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and Love is a Mixtape. I guess I should say my book is the next Harry Potter mixed with the Hunger Games without all the pesky magic, broomsticks, potions, and dystopian visions of kids killing kids, but it’s really not so I am not going to say it. It’s just a funny YA satire about thrift stores, music obsessions, high school, fitting in, goth girls, skull lunchboxes, Converse All Stars, and the consequences of fame.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I always wanted to see if I could write a book but I never knew where to start. Then I got a holiday job at a mall bookstore. I could tell one of the managers didn’t like me because she would make me vacuum the entire store then reprimanded me for not vacuuming over customers feet while they waited in line. True story. If you wonder why Waldenbooks in Stoneridge Mall closed it’s because of a little thing called Karma. Anyway Waldenbooks also ran this kiosk that sold Lego sets and once Christmas was over it was completely dead. You were allowed to take a few magazines so you wouldn’t go crazy on your shift but I read them all cover to cover and was still bored out of my mind.

Since I knew that one manager unjustifiably hated me I knew I was going to be stuck in Lego Hell on my next shift so I came prepared. The manager suspiciously asked what the notebook was for and I told her it was to keep track of my schedule so she let me take it with me. All I wrote schedule wise was probably quit crappy lego job, but I did start the book. Once I had a start I kept with it and now many years later it’s a funny and cool young adult book that you can own. You can’t get it at Waldenbooks because Karma got to them but Amazon has a copy just for you. Get an e-book or a paperback your choice.

10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

I reveal what is inside locker 17. Don’t you want to know? Trust me it’s awesome.