Author: Lillah Lawson
Narrator: Danielle Joy Foley
Length: 13 hours 2 minutes
Publisher: The Parliament House
Released: Apr. 28, 2021
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Stormy Spooner is at her wits' end. Careening towards bitter after a nasty divorce, she sometimes wonders what her life is becoming. After unearthing a cryptic set of lines from a dusty album cover, Stormy tries the impossible: to resurrect Phillip Deville, enigmatic former frontman of the Bloomer Demons. Stormy's love for her favorite dead rockstar knows no bounds...but it was all supposed to be a joke. When she answers a knock on her door the next day and finds herself face to face with the dark-haired rock god of her every teenage fantasy, her entire world is turned upside down. Turns out, she’s awakened more than just Philip, and Stormy will have to do battle against a cast of strange characters to keep herself and her new undead boyfriend safe.
Q&A with Author Lillah Lawson
- Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
- Yes! One of the joys of the writing process, especially of being published, is daydreaming about all the different formats in which your book will appear. I’ve been looking forward to the audiobook version of Dead Rockstar since I first started writing. It was exciting to imagine how certain scenes - especially the funny ones, or the ones in which Phillip is being the ultimate rockstar, would translate to an audio format. I hope the Danielle (the narrator) had as much fun reading it as I did writing it!
- Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
- As many Dead Rockstar fans know by now, the character of Phillip Deville was loosely based on a few different real-life frontmen, the biggest one (literally and figuratively) being Peter Steele of Type O Negative. There’s also a little Axl Rose and David Bowie in there.
- How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
- I just write about what interests me. One thing I do that might be slightly unique is that I straddle genres. I don’t “stay in my lane”, only writing one type of literature. I write all kinds: historical fiction, literary, horror, fantasy, and everything in between. I love to incorporate real-life experiences and things that peak my interest. I think that’s how I avoid burnout - I’m just genuinely excited to tackle the subject matter every day.
- Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
- Sometimes, yes! Most of the time I reach for a physical book, but I’m also a bit of a speed-reader. It’s a problem. So sometimes I’ll go for the audiobook to force myself to slow down and actually enjoy the book as an immersive experience.
- If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?
- I absolutely would. One of my preferred genres is historical fiction, so I have many different eras I’d love to travel to. I’d like to visit the late-1960s, and the early 1930s (both of which I’ve written about), as well as “The Year Without a Summer”, 1816. That time period fascinates me!
- If this title were being made into a TV series or movie, who would you cast to play the primary roles?
- I’ve thought about this a lot. First instinct says to cast Henry Cavill in his full Witcher glory (just with black hair) as Phillip, but that’s a bit on the nose. I also like the idea of Gwilym Lee (who played Brian May in Bohemian Rhapsody and is hilarious on The Great) as Phillip. For Guthrie, I always imagined Iggy Pop. For Lydia, maybe Frances Conroy or my FAVORITE actress, Catherine O’Hara. As for Stormy, my MC, it just changes all the time. Half the time I picture her as me.
- What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
- I really dislike judgemental attitudes towards literature in general. That goes for folks who sniff at romance as a genre, or who refuse to read a self-published novel, or say that audiobooks aren’t “real reading”. I’ve seen that attitude towards Kindle/Nook books, too. It’s just gatekeeping, and it has no purpose. It’s also a very elitist and dare I say, ableist attitude to have.
- In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of writing a stand-alone novel vs. writing a series?
- I think writing a series is a bit harder, because it requires more plotting and outlines, which is not my strong suit! Pacing is a must!
- What's your favorite:
- Food - Nachos or Lasagna. It’s a tie.
- Song - Ashes to Ashes by David Bowie
- Book - The Great Gatsby (go ahead and judge)
- Television show - Six Feet Under
- Movie - It’s a Wonderful Life
- Band - Queens of the Stone Age
- Sports team - New Zealand All Blacks
- City - Savannah
- What’s next for you?
- I have a historical fiction novel, So Long, Bobby, coming out this Fall from City Limits Press. It’s a tale of political upheaval, grunge, heartbreak and mother-daughter relationships that takes place in the late 1960s through the mid-1990s.
- For fans of Dead Rockstar, you’ll be happy to know that the sequel, The Wolfden, will be out February 15, 2022 by Parliament House Press! So you’ll get your Phillip Deville fix very soon!
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