“Rock ‘n’ roll is a nuclear blast of reality in a mundane world where no-one is allowed to be magnificent.” The former manager of The Runaways said that. The mad bastard. And Johnny Harrison swore by it. He had to. Almost forty, fully paid up member of the rat race and bored sh*tless. He had to believe in something. Then something happened. Something magnificent. A once in a lifetime band dropped out of the sky and right into his lap. A band unaware of just how great they could be. A band that had no idea what was about to hit them. A band that needed someone to light the fuse. That someone was Johnny Harrison and the truth was he needed them so much more. They were his ticket out. That’s how it is with THE ROCK ‘N’ THE ROLL. ‘N’ THAT. Buy your ticket and take the ride.
TOP FIVE THINGS ABOUT WRITNG THIS BOOK
1) An incredible sense of achievement when I typed ‘The End’. Writing is a discipline and you need great levels of perseverance which is not easy when you get tied up in knots with narrative cup-de-sacs.
2) When I ‘outed’ myself as an author/writer, the levels of support and admiration from friends really was quite something. My favourite comment from a friend who read an early draft was “I’m really glad it’s not shit!”
Quite possibly the best back-handed compliment I’ve ever received.
3) Seeing the hard copy of the book was a proper head spin moment.
It arrived just after Xmas and I’d just placed a sizeable Amazon order which by my reckoning had all been delivered. Upon openings the package, I was stunned to see my name on the cover of a book. An actual book!
And do judge a book by the cover, because the artwork is brilliant and I’m biased about the story but I know it will hook people in.
4) I’m enjoying talking about it no. The gestation period feels so long the relief is now palpable and I can take a step back and talk about it.
5) And lastly, the best thing about writing my book was seeing the narrative unfurl and take unexpected directions. I knew the ending from the outset but not the journey it would take to get there. It’s great to surprise yourself because you know that you’ll also be surprising your potential readers!