If you are a lover of ''80s glam rock (oh, come on, admit it, you know you are!) you will get a huge kick out of David S. Grant's newest compilation, Rock Stars: The Rise, Fall, and Rise of 80's Glam Frontmen Into Pop Culture. I have to admit that I still find many of these frontmen drool-worthy, namely Poison's frontman, Bret Michaels, and was thrilled when I discovered this book and even more thrilled with the opportunity to interview the book's creator.
Previous works by David S. Grant include: Corporate Porn, Bleach|Blackout, The Last Breakfast, Happy Hour, Hollywood Ending, and the short story collection Emotionless Souls. David resides in New York where he happily bangs his head and soaks up the righteousness of '80s glam rock!
First of all, could you tell us a bit about Rock Stars? What is the book about, who are the characters, etc.
Rock Stars: The Rise, Fall, and Rise of Glam Frontmen Into Pop Culture is a look back and forward with the glam metal singers from the eighties. Accompanied by illustrations of each singer (courtesy of by Joel Gwidt), Rock Stars takes a tongue-in-cheek look at both the careers and music created during this time.
What do you want readers to take away from reading Rock Stars?
This book is meant for the reader to reminisce at the '80s and have a good laugh at a time when the shade of lipstick was equally important as the music.
What was the most fun about writing Rock Stars?
Having to go back and research, mostly through music videos. It’s incredible how over the top hair band videos look compared to rock videos today. Actually, Lady Gaga videos are much closer to Poison than most bands today.
What was the hardest part about writing Rock Stars?
Being my break from fiction, Rock Stars was challenging in that I couldn’t rely on my story, but rather, telling someone else’s story.
Do you have a favorite excerpt from Rock Stars? Could you share that with us, please?
"…Wearing tight acid washed jeans, Jon Bon Jovi made no qualms about putting "pop" back into rock. Videos focused on his ass made it appear there was an unspoken jeans rivalry between Jon and Joe Elliot of Def Lepard…"
"…I have to rethink everything regarding Rob Halford since he came out of the closet, turning from ferocious front man of Judas Priest to fierce. In hindsight there were signs. The video for "Hot Rockin" was pretty much just a bunch of guys working out in a gym. Hello!!…"
"…Sebastian Bach and Skid Row made music for the kids smoking cigarettes behind the school. Music for the kids that owned denim jackets, but didn't have the money for fancy patches (instead, forced to scribble SKID ROW across the back with a black Sharpie). Essentially, Sebastian Bach made music for the bad kid in The Breakfast Club…"
Could you please tell us about your writing process?
I write when I have the urge. That is to say, I binge write. Once I have an idea I will take notes and then one day start writing, using all of my free time until the first draft is completed.
Do you have any particular habits that you take part in while writing? By that I mean certain music you like to listen to, foods you like to eat, environment that helps you write better, etc.
Not typically, but for this book I did listen to a lot of the very big hair bands I was writing about. This was difficult for me because it’s hard to write and laugh at the same time.
What make you take that leap from "wanting" to be a writer, as opposed to "becoming" a writer? Many talk of being a writer and dip their toes in, but it seems there is often a sort of "push" to bring one over that wall.
It’s like most things in life; if you really want to do it you will find a way. If you want to cover your arms in tattoos, you spend the time in the parlor. If you want to write, you write.
If you had to summarize your life and give it a book title, what would that title be?
Why I’ll Never Meet Carrot Top: The David Grant Story.
What are you working on right now? Could you give us a taste/teaser (aka excerpt) from your current WIP?
I’ve started working on my next novel. It’s titled Quitter and is in the very early stages. I will post excerpts and sample chapters soon at my website.
What are you reading right now?
Pulp by Charles Bukowski.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
A few, in no particular order include: Chuck Palahniuk, Bret Easton Ellis, Charles Bukowski, Hunter S. Thompson, Quentin Tarantino, F. Scott Fitzgerald, J.D. Salinger, and many more…
If you could have lunch and chat with any author, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I guess Hunter S. Thompson. After lunch he’d probably want to go shoot guns and drink whiskey, which to me beats dessert every time.
Where can readers get in touch with you? Twitter, Blog, Facebook, etc?