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Friday, October 12, 2012

Something Wicked Comes Blog Hop - Interview & Giveaway with Alan Goldsher




Hello my fellow Vagabonds! I am so glad to be apart of the Something Wicked Comes Blog Hop (click the banner below the header for tour dates). Today I have with me here today author Alan Goldsher. His book, My Favorite Fangs: The Story of the Von Trapp Family Vampires, is my feature today. It is the more fun and quirky side of Halloween, but it is no less creepy. Keep reading and see how you can not only win this book, but also a $10 Amazon gift card from me. Enjoy!


Let's get the ball rolling!



OBVB: Welcome to Offbeat Vagabond! To start things off, can you tell us a bit about yourself?


AG: I’m from Chicago, and I like the Bulls and the Bears, eating sushi, listening to jazz, sitting at cafes and reading, playing with cats and dogs, doing yoga, watching quality television and movies, and barbecuing. And I’m a Virgo.

OBVB: When did you realize you wanted to be an author?

AG: I didn’t—I was a musician, and fell into writing. I’d been playing bass professionally for about 15 years when I hit the wall and decided to move on. I landed a copywriting job at a music marketing company—and that’s music marketing, as in “Buy 1, Get 11 free”—which I took to immediately. Eventually, I realized I could do more than write hype, so I tried banging out a novel. And then another, and then another. Turned out that I was a better writer than a bass player, so here we are.

OBVB: What author or authors have inspired you to write?

AG: When I write serious fiction—which, these days, isn’t nearly often enough—I’d go with Nick Hornby and John Irving. They create characters I feel, and plotlines I admire. Non-fiction-wise, these days I mostly ghostwrite other people’s projects, so my job there is to be uninfluenced, to be a blank page who can bring my client’s voice and vision to life. It doesn’t sound sexy, but it’s always a fun challenge.

OBVB: I noticed music plays quite the role in your books, what are your musical influences? Anyone you are listening to right now that you can't get enough of?

AG: First and foremost, I’m a jazz guy. Among my faves: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Chick Corea, Tommy Flanangan, Wayne Shorter…I could go on. Favorite non-jazzers include David Byrne, Bruce Springsteen, Ben Folds, A Tribe Called Quest, and Foo Fighters. And if you’ve read my book Paul Is Undead, you know I’m a total Beatles nerd.

OBVB: I had a lot of fun with My Favorite Fangs, where did the idea of the book come from?

AG: It was generated during a meeting at St. Martin’s Press, the publishing house who released it. My editor—who I’d worked with several years back on a Modest Mouse biography—enjoyed Paul Is Undead, and figured I’d have a good time with it. And he was absolutely right.

OBVB: Who did you have the most fun writing and why?

AG: I had a blast with all the characters, but there were a few scenes that particularly stood out, for instance the bit in the ballroom where Maria and Captain von Trapp have their stomach issues, the party where Gretl and Friedrich are thrown into the lake, and the epic Liesl/Rolfe battle at the gazebo. The vampire book club and NPR interludes were also a hoot.

OBVB: Are there any traditions you follow during Halloween?

AG: Avoiding getting shaving creamed.

OBVB: What is your favorite horror film?
 
AG: Shaun of the Dead. Yeah, it’s not a straight-up horror film, but it has lots and lots of zombies, so deal with it.

OBVB: What freaks you out the most?

AG: Kale. It tastes like a sewer. How people eat it, I have no idea.

OBVB: If you can be any supernatural creature, what would it be and why?

AG: Superwriter, the man who writes seven perfect books in seven enjoyable hours, all of which hit the New York Times bestseller list!

OBVB: Last but not least, are there any projects you have lined up that we should be looking out for?

AG: Most every Thursday at 6:00 ET, I host an online talk show called BOOK IT, the first interactive show about writing, reading, and publishing. Visit http://www.AlanGoldsher.com for details. Writing-wise, I’m wrapping up a book about Miles Davis, and juggling a few cool ghostwriting projects. There’s also some interesting fiction bubbling in the back of my pretty little head…

OBVB: Thank you so much for visiting Offbeat Vagabond. Hope to have you here again.

AG: And thank you! It was a ton of fun.

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Alan Goldsher Bio:


Alan Goldsher has written two works of non-fiction, two ebooks, and nine novels, including the acclaimed mash-up Paul Is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion, which Parade called “Bloody brilliant.” As a ghostwriter, Alan has collaborated on books with numerous celebrities and public figures, including actor/comedian Kevin Pollak (A Few Good Men, The Usual Suspects), film director Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and guitarist/vocalist George Benson. He is also the host of BOOK IT, the first interactive talk show about writing, reading, and publishing.

Goldsher’s music journalism has appeared in Bass Player and Guitar Player, and his sportswriting has been seen in ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, NBA.com, and ChicagoBulls.com. During his 10-plus years as a professional bassist, Goldsher recorded with Janet Jackson, Cypress Hill, and Naughty by Nature; toured the world with Digable Planets; and performed at the 1994 Grammy Awards.

Alan lives and writes in Chicago.


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Giveaway Time!!!


One lucky commenter will win a copy of My Favorite Fangs by Alan Goldsher and a $10 Amazon Gift Card (courtesy of Swagbucks, so it will be split up aka two $5). All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter below. Good luck and Have a great Halloween!

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*One winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter
*Contest ends October 20th!
*Open US only!
*Book provided by Alan Goldsher
*Gift card provided by Offbeat Vagabond

23 comments:

  1. I love your blog. Your wording makes me smile and laugh. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. LOL! Why thank you hon. I am so glad you enjoy my weirdness. You are so welcome for the giveaway :)

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  2. My favorite Monster is Eric from True Blood

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    1. Oh Eric is a great choice. I love him. He makes True Blood for me :)

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  3. I love any and all vampires :)

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    1. Here here hon. Well except the ones that sparkle. Sorry, I just can't take that seriously LOL! Thanks for the comment hon :)

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  4. Gremlins are my favorite little monsters, they are hilarious

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    1. LOL! I love that choice! Gremlins were a favorite when I was little. They were very funny and wild :)

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  5. Vampires and werewolves :)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  6. My favorite monster is Dracula or Eric from True Blood- so I can say vampires are my favorite.

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    1. More awesomw choices. How can you not love vamps especially of they look like Eric? LOL!

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  7. Well crap, my comment isn't here! Thanks for being a part of Something Wicked Comes. Loved the interview. Kale? that was unexpected. Awesome giveaway as well, My favorite monster is Frankenstein he made me sad,

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    1. I got your comment in my email, I don't get why it didn't show up here. Blogger can be so weird. You are so welcome again hon and thank you so much for having me again. So glad you enjoyed the interview. I have never had kale, now I'll never try it LOL! You are welcome for the giveaway. Frankenstein is an amazing choice, well monster. Remember Frankenstein is the name of the doctor that put him together. I don't think he was ever given a name :( . Thank you so much again hon :)

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  8. I'd have to say Dracula.
    Although vampires are my favorite monsters I do like a lot of other supernatural creatures as well.
    Wonderful interview!
    DeAnna Schultz

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    1. Dracula is always a great choice. I am with you, I live vamps, but there are plenty other supernatural creatures I enjoy as well. So glad you loved the interview. I had a blast with it :)

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  9. Vamp or werewolves or ghouls....

    http://myparanormalbookreview.blogspot.com

    paranormalbookreviews@gmail.com

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  10. Nice! Never forget the ghouls. They are a great counterpart to the vamps LOL! Going to check out your blog now hon :D

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  11. My favorite monster is Frankenstein-classic!

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    1. Can never go wrong with a classic. Got to love him. Thanks for the comment hon :)

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  12. @bn100 - Frankenstein is always a great choice. Thanks for the comment hon :)

    So sorry for the weird comments. Replying is so different on my ereader than on the laptop. Lesson learned, I will stick with the names LOL!

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  13. My favorite monster would be the killer clown from the movie Drive Thru.

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Due to the daily spam comments I have been getting lately and to avoid the annoying word verification, Anonymous comments are no more. I do not want bargains on bags, watches, jerseys, boots and other crap. Geez, they could at least spam me with book and movie stuff, I would be somewhat interested LOL! Thank you :D