What is the premise for your book
Sierra Court Blues?
It’s the story of two best friends who’ve grown up together striving to create the nucleus of a hard rock band. A couple of years after high school their band starts to take on a life of its own.
- Sierra Court Blues transports the reader on a mind-bending adventure with the main character Bo Kineally, a young father and husband with dreams of becoming a nationally known star from the backwoods of Bethel, Ohio. Can Bo strike a balance between his responsibilities and desires as both sides vie for his attention? Sierra Court Blues leaves nothing to the imagination with gripping characters, dysfunctional band members, roller-coaster drama, heart wrenching relationships, betrayal, and intricate family dynamics. The novel is sure to be a page turner for metal music enthusiasts everywhere.
Is it fiction or non-fiction; based upon your own personal experience?
It’s fiction but very informed by my own relationships and experiences in bands over the years.
Specifically, all of my Generation-X peers out there feeling their 40’s. The story is set in 1991 just before glam metal gave way to grunge. The trends and music from the late 80’s/early 90’s work their way through the story. But, really, I think it appeals to a larger audience. It is a coming of age story set in one of the wildest times in recent history. In its excesses, I think it has lessons to teach.
I don’t have an office so I write in my dining room. At first it was by necessity, but now it’s my favorite spot. Plus, the dining room table makes for a really spacious desk. The downside is trying to keep all of my stuff in order when I have to vacate for family meals.
I have 2 or 3 notebooks going at any given time. I try to keep them organized by subject, but, it rarely works out. If I don’t have a notebook close, it’s the usual, napkins, credit card receipts...anywhere I can.
I’m working on my second novel right now, and, at odd times, revising poetry for a new poetry book. The poetry book should be out sometime next year.
My poetry draws inspiration from all over the place. It runs the gambit from Imagist to Narrative, hitting points in between. It’s free verse and I work hard to instill a sense of rhythm, drawing from both slam poetry and rap. Most of it is meant to be performed. It’s not exactly up to Academy standards, but, I have fun with it and it’s starting to catch on.
That’s a tough one. It’s like trying to pick your favorite child. I guess if I have to pick one, it’d be Mark Twain/Samuel Clemmons. That has as much to do with his character and his speaking engagements as his body of work.
There’s a club in Cincinnati called Bogart’s that features both local and national acts. It’s not a huge venue, but, it’s the place to play. The first time I took the stage there I was 20 years old. It was, by far, the biggest crowd I’d ever played in front of and the crazy mix of sheer terror and pride was overwhelming. I’ll never forget it. That was a great night.
Complete chaos. It was an intense experience that ended way too soon. We were so focused on our ambitions that we failed to take the time to enjoy what was in front of us. We allowed our drive and egos to get the best of us. Back then, when the band broke up, I was completely burned out and really, really, bitter. I didn’t play with another band for a few years after that. Of course, now, it seems much more romantic given the distance in time. I do have some really fond memories from then. I miss the camaraderie we had in the beginning.
1) When I was younger I thought of pursuing acting. I was active in our school’s Drama Club and had the lead in a couple of plays. My favorite role was playing The Invisible Man. I had a lot of fun portraying his madness.
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