I want to be a paperback writer. That’s not just a lyric – it’s a life goal. Some day I will publish a book, and the genre in which I want to publish?
You might be asking yourself, what the heck is a rock novel? Search it on Google, and you’re likely to turn up a number of “greatest hits” style lists of fiction mixed with rock ‘n’ roll memoirs. My most simple definition for this type of book is this: a fictional account of a story that revolves around music.
If you’ve been around for awhile, you know about the Rock Novel Reading Club (which we’ll be diving back into soon!) – aka my excuse to read all the rock novels I’ve amassed over the years.
So I was absolutely thrilled when I discovered one of my readers was a rock novel writer! Rebekah N. Bryan just published her second book in her Fandom Collection, and today’s she’s guest blogging to share her top five reasons to read rock novels.
Hi, I’m Rebekah, author of The Fandom Collection, a series of books about music fans, including Front Row and my brand new release, Lyfers. Right now, I’m working on my third fan book, Track Two on Repeat, about the early years of a music fan. Thank you so much to Miranda for having me!
I compiled a list of five reasons to read rock novels, which also happen to be five of the reasons I write rock novels.
Remember when you saw your favorite band live for the first time? Or maybe you were lucky enough to meet them too. Rock novels are great post-concert hangover cures to keep the withdrawal symptoms at bay. You can crack open a book or flip through the pages of an e-reader to relive the moments and recapture the emotions of the musical experience.
Maybe you haven’t met your favorite band yet. Or you have but you just wish they’d break up with their wives already and be with you (what?). While we’re in our cubicles, or making coffee for other people, or trying to wrangle a room full of sugared-up toddlers, sometimes we just want to escape. And what better way to escape than seeing your favorite band on tour whether it’s at the venue near your house that’s become your home away from home or across an ocean. If we can’t get away, at least we can read about it.
We can be a weird bunch. We’re misunderstood. People just don’t “get it.” It’s nice to know that there are other people like us out there, reading or writing about how much music means to us. And thanks to sites like Goodreads or blogs like this, we can connect with other fans through books even when we’re not at a show.
A glimpse into the other side. Ever wonder what band members really think about being stuck on a boat with all their biggest fans? I do. That’s why I wrote about it in Lyfers. Is it accurate? Maybe or maybe not, but it’s fun to imagine.
5. Supporting another kind of artist
Being an author is not as glamorous as I imagine being a rock star would be. Singing in front of anyone terrifies me. So the written word is my form of artistic expression. I love hearing from people who enjoy my work. So thank you for supporting authors like me. And if you become my fan, which I know you’d be good at because you’re reading here, even better.
You can check out a few preview chapters of Lyfers over on Rebekah’s blog:
Don’t forget to say hi to Rebekah on Twitter.
Happy rock novel reading,