Susan is back on the blog and she’s talking about Rocktober. When she came to me with this idea, I knew I had to be in on it. Already, it’s made me some really awesome friends. Check out her books! I’ll be reading and reviewing them sometime in October for this very event!
I can’t say this is my idea. I wish I could because it’s so amazingly brilliant, but … I can’t. I can only say I stole it from a good friend, with her blessings.
It’s Rocktober I’m talking about. The month-long celebration of what happens when books and music collide.
I know. I know! What exactly does that mean, Susan? How is someone supposed to celebrate something so… vague? Books and music colliding? Is that like when your books fall into your stack of CDs, or when you have to exit out of Stanza on your iPod (or iPad) because you don’t like the song that’s playing? Those sorts of collisions?
Well, sure. There’s so much more, though. Read on.
It began last year, as far as I know, with this friend. Mary, we’ll call her (if only because that’s her real name). She posted about music-themed books, fiction and non, and hosted giveaways for many of those books. She did it all month long. All month long, I kicked myself for not being involved from the start. I vowed to fix that.
Enter this year. And because I like parties, I decided to invite you all along with me. The rules are simple: make books and music collide. How you do that is up to you, but I’ve provided a handy-dandy list of music-themed books (a genre I’ve taken to calling Rock Fiction) on my website, if you’d like some hints. http://westofmars.com/west-of-mars/rock-books
Hopefully, you’ll have other books to add to my list there. You’ll have other ideas for bringing two very different media together — after all, books are visual and music is aural. I want to hear (ha) what you guys can come up with. Creativity is a muscle, after all, and like all muscles, not only do you have to use them to keep them fresh but you also have to use them in new and different ways in order for them to grow.
So c’mon, Top Shelf readers and community members. Help me and Misty — and my friend Mary — out. Make books and music collide, and then tell us what happens. (http://facebook.com/WestofMarsFans if you’d like to report in.)
About The Author:
Susan Helene Gottfried is the author of ShapeShifter: The Demo Tapes — Year 1, ShapeShifter: The Demo Tapes — Year 2, Trevor’s Song, and ShapeShifter: The Demo Tapes — Year 3. She can be found online at http://westofmars.com, where you can find The Meet and Greet, among other goodies.
A tone-deaf rocker-at-heart, Susan worked in retail record stores, in radio stations, as stage crew, and as a promoter while earning two college degrees in creative writing.
Susan walked away from a continued career in the music industry in order to write books, so it makes sense that most of her fiction revolves around rock bands. Once you get those record stores, radio stations, and fellow roadies and promoters under your skin, they never leave.
The Win a Book Publicity blog has been shut down after a glorious run, replaced by a page on Facebook where bloggers and authors can post links themselves. To fill her time, Susan takes on freelance line and copy editing from various clients. If you’re in need of an edit, drop Susan a line.
Synopsis : A band’s demo tape is intended to introduce listeners to their music. Likewise, this collection of short pieces allows readers into the fictional world of Trevor Wolff and his band, ShapeShifter. From the day Trevor and Mitchell meet to the pinnacle of success, these loosely linked stories will let you hang with a rock band. Vive la Trevolution!
Synopsis: The Demo Tapes: Year 1 introduced the reading public to ShapeShifter and the two men behind this fictional band: Trevor Wolff and Mitchell Voss. The Demo Tapes: Year 2 brings you more of the short fiction that brings these people to vivid life. Year 2 delves more deeply into love, friendships, and the inside workings of ShapeShifter. Vive la Trevolution!
Synopsis: The popular Demo Tapes series continues with The Demo Tapes: Year 3. It’s the same format you’ve come to know and love: short fiction previously posted on The Meet and Greet at West of Mars, and intros to each that let you, the reader, look into the mind of the author and creator of the indomitable Trevor Wolff.
Trevor and his best friend Mitchell Voss are in fine form in these stories, first published online between March 2008 and April 2009. From Thanksgiving to Halloween and a few new characters who help round out The Musical Hanukkah Celebration, we once again get to watch the guys go from kids into the men who ride the wave of being rock’s biggest band: ShapeShifter.
Synopsis: Fame and fortune have destroyed many a rock star, but not Trevor Wolff. ShapeShifter band dynamics will never be the same even before Trevor’s two girlfriends, a world tour, and a bunch of secrets complicate life. Trevor may have to make common cause with his worst enemy — his best friend’s girl.
Synopsis: Lynne’s dad often takes her shopping with him at a high-end men’s boutique. Lynne likes to sit at the feet of the mannequin in the window and dream of what he’d be like if he were real. One day, a stranger walks in. For Lynne, nothing will be the same ever again.