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BOOKS THAT CHANGED MY LIFE

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There’s a meme going around on Facebook where people are listing the books that changed their lives and how they changed them.  I thought I would share my responses with you.

BOOKS THAT CHANGED MY LIFE

On Writing by Stephen King convinced me to continue writing when I was at a low point and thinking I should quit.

On The Road by Jack Kerouac inspired me to jump in my car and just start driving. Didn’t stop until I wound up in Quebec City. First time I had ever left the country.

Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger showed me that your main character can be a bit of an a-hole and the book still be embraced by millions.

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis showed me that you can write anything — really, really repulsive things — and still get published and have the book do well — and even get turned into a movie.

Violet & Claire and The Hanged Man by Francesca Lia Block showed me that you could write about characters with anorexia without having them get help or undergo a big transformation and start eating normally by the end of the book. Also, her book Nymph showed me that you can write young adult books then write erotica and publish them under the same name and still be just as adored.

Wasted by Marya Hornbacher inspired me to keep starving myself when I was anorexic. It’s supposed to have the opposite effect on me but it was just what I needed for thinspiration at the time.

Out of Sheer Rage: Wrestling with D.H. Lawerence by Geoff Dyer showed me that you can write any sort of book you want. It follows him as he tries to write a book about D.H. Lawrence but finds himself unable to. Accordingly, it’s both about D.H. Lawerence and his inability to write the book he wanted all at once.

Paris, Trance by Geoff Dyer was one of the reasons I went to Paris the first time. Ditto for Paris to The Moon by Adam Gopnik and Almost French by Sarah Turnbell.

Fargo Rock City by Chuck Klosterman showed me that you can write about hair bands and still be considered a hip writer.

The Long Hard Road Out of Hell by Marilyn Manson showed me that you can shock people and be brilliant at the same time. And that I wasn’t the only one who grew up afraid of becoming possessed.

Screenwriting by Syd Field is what taught me screenwriting and inspired me to write screenplays. To date, I’ve written over 30, although none since I started getting serious about writing books.

Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland is a huge reason why I became a witch.

Contacts (textbook) by Valette and Valette taught me most of the French I know.Suffice to say, books have been a huge influence on my life!
In other news, my lost 1998 novel Becoming Madonna is out now.  Due to popular demand, I decided to surprise release it last week.

One thing that a few people have been saying is that they don’t like the way it ends.  Personally, I think the ending brings everything full circle, but I suppose I can understand people wanting more.  To that end, I’m working on an epilogue and will add that to the book once it’s finished.  If you’ve already purchased it, e-mail me your receipt or a screenshot of it and I’ll e-mail you the revised version once it’s ready. And I will leave you with the Becoming Madonna blurb…

BECOMING MADONNA:

Soap Suds Weekly has crowned her “the breakout star of 1998,” but Laurie Saint-Germain hates it when she signs an autograph and the so-called fan is upset that she signed her own name, not that of Sandy Lemonde, her happy-go-lucky character on daytime’s sensational Passionate About Love. Especially since her master plan is to become a movie star and pop goddess – just like her idol, Madonna!

When Dime-A-Douzaine Records, home of Back Alley Boyz and *4Guys, offers her a chance to record a demo with the option of signing her, Laurie jumps for joy so hard she breaks the ceiling. However, they have to like her, too, which could be a problem because her wise-ass mouth and brutal honesty create a perfect recipe for fireworks.

As if keeping her harsh opinions to herself wasn’t difficult enough, Laurie’s life is thrown into turmoil when she finds herself falling for a woman for the first time as she flirts with her beautiful hairdresser, Beth. Then there’s the matter of a potential record deal causing complications with her soap contract.

Becoming Madonna pursues 18-year-old Laurie through her coming of age life choices and her struggles to become the next Madonna. Get this hilarious satire today.

On sale for just $2.99 or read free with Kindle Unlimited.

If you’ve already read the book and could leave an honest review, it would be much appreciated.
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