Christine Young

I am a writer and avid reader of romances particularly historical romances. Please join me on my journey through time

Christine Presents ~ How to Talk to Rockstars by Alli Marshall

Please welcome Alli Marshall author of How to Talk to Rockstars.

Alli will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host.

Don’t forget to use the rafflecopter code below for a chance to win.


How to Talk to Rockstars

by Alli Marshall


  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

My best friend in high school, Ann Marie, introduced me to journal writing. I’d liked writing before that, but keeping a journal really set me on the path to becoming a writer. Ann Marie and I would spend hours together writing our thoughts, idea, stories and poems … sometimes we’d share our work with each other and sometimes not. I guess that was my first writing group, too!

  1. How did you come up with ideas for your books? What expertise did you bring to your writing?

I get story ideas all the time, but only a few of them are really worth pursuing. I usually just mull the idea over for awhile and see if it continues to develop. If the characters start to have voices and insist on their story being told, then I know it’s something I should write about.

My novel “How to Talk to Rockstars” is fiction, but it was inspired by my job as an arts writer. Part of what I do is interview touring bands and musicians. That experience gave me a lot of material to draw from, and some of the characters — like the Jude Archer (the seasoned rocker who’s seen it all) and Tobias Bridge (a swashbuckling troubadour) — are modeled in part after real people.

  1. What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?

One thing I’d like for readers to know is that “How to Talk to Rockstars” was published by a small but mighty press, Logosophia Books. I just can’t say enough about how wonderful the experience has been to work with a small press. Sure, there isn’t the publicity muscle of a large publishing company like, say, Random House. But my publisher has been so attentive and included me in every decision, from cover art to pricing the book. At the same time, the press has provided support — from editing to some publicity — and the publishers have really become my friends. I think that small presses are where interesting, risky, inspired writing is being published these days.

  1. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

The easy answer is that I’d like to be a full-time author. I have plenty of book ideas and projects in the works — I just need more time to spend on them! But I do love my day job, and I’m really fortunate to write for a living. Writing about artists continually teaches me more about being an artist myself.

  1. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

I’m not sure that I’d want to live the lives of any of the characters in my book, though I love them all. I do feel a kinship with my main character, Bryn, because like me she spends a lot of time thinking and writing about music. And she’s shy, and she’s kind of a loner. But part of the reason for creating Bryn was for me to explore emotions both good and bad. So a lot of what Bryn goes through is pretty squirmy and raw.

One of my favorite characters in the book is Tobias Bridge. He’s got a little bit of Captain Jack Sparrow and a little bit of Andrew Stockdale. Tobias is a sweet soul, a ray of sunshine. But he’s also totally unique. So maybe if I was going to be one of characters, I’d pick him. After all, who wouldn’t want to be a cool rocker dude, at least for a day?

  1. If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?

Since I was just talking about Tobias Bridge, I can imagine him being played by Orlando Bloom. For Bryn, I kind of picture her as Carrie Mulligan — sweet, shy and quirky. And for Jude Archer, the object of Bryn’s obsession, that’s trickier. Jude is such an artist, a kind of larger-than-life figure. But he’s also human. He’s funny, awkward, self-conscious and haunted by his own demons. Who could pull that off? Jared Leto would be pretty spectacular.

  1. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?

I don’t currently belong to a critique group or a writing group. I have been in writing groups a couple of times in the past and sometimes they’re very helpful. I think it’s worked best for me when it’s just two or three people.

These days my schedule doesn’t really allow for groups. I do like to get together with other writer friends from time to time and just talk about what we’re doing — what’s working and what’s really frustrating. It’s such a strange and solitary process, and sometimes so isolating, that having other people who understand is such a great thing. As far as having my work critiqued, I like to share my nearly-finished projects with a couple of trusted readers. And I try to make myself available as a reader for my writer friends.

  1. When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?

My earliest submissions were poems, so by the time I got into writing fiction writing, I had some idea of how the submission process worked. I went to Goddard College for my MFA, and while I was there, I asked my teachers about how to submit work. The answer I got was that I should focus on my craft and not worry about publication. At the time I thought that was terrible advice, but I’ve come to understand that what matters most is creating the best piece of writing that I can. Getting published takes a lot of work, but it’s really not the ultimate goal.

  1. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

I feel like all writing advice is worth considering, but none should be taken as gospel truth. There’s this W. Somerset Maugham quote that I love: “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” What that means to me is that each writer needs to learn what works for her, and not worry too much about how others think it should be done. There’s certainly no harm in trying to write from an outline, trying to write 1,000 words a day, trying to cut out adjectives or add more tension. But if those things don’t move your writing forward or feel true to your style as a writer, move on.

  1. Do you outline your books or just start writing?

I just start writing. I do keep a little notebook with me to jot down ideas, but as much as I’d like to work from an outline, I need to let the story evolve organically. In fairness, I don’t outline my articles, either. I decide on an angle and let the story build around that idea. So working on a novel is similar to that, only much more involved.

  1. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

I have started my next project. In fact, I recently completed a YA novel that’s set in the 1980s. It’s a LGBTQ-friendly book that deals with identity, friendship and love. I’m in the process of sending it out to agents, so fingers crossed!

I’ve also finished a draft of a historical novel. It’s set in Charleston, S.C. and Paris, France in the late 1800s. It’s about identity and love, too. And art.

  1. What is your favorite reality show?

I’m not a big fan of reality TV — I love stories. My favorite shows tend to be BBC and Masterpiece shows like “Call the Midwife,” “Endeavor” and “Mr. Selfridge.” Actually, there was a Channel 4 show about 10 years ago called “Regency House Party.” It was reality show, but the contestants (all singles) lived in a Regency-era setting and followed the courtship rituals of the time period. That was pretty cool.

As far as current reality show, I have been watching “The Voice” this season. I’m not a singer myself, though I’ve often thought about how cool it would be to be able to express myself that way.



“How to Talk to Rockstars” — think “Almost Famous” meets “The History of Love” — follows wallflower-turned-journalist Bryn Thompson. She has a dream job: she interviews rock stars. Bryn’s professionalism keeps her on track, but also emotionally removed from the gritty world of back stage, bars and drugs that she writes about. That is, until she meets musician Jude Archer, whose songs haunt her. As an unlikely friendship grows out of Bryn’s obsession with Jude’s album, Bryn begins to rethink all of the carefully-contrived rules that until now have helped her maintain a professional distance.




At the edge of the stage, in the limbo between darkness and spotlights, between anonymity and fame, Jude Archer knows two things: That he is a rare genius. And that he is a complete fraud.

Sometimes he turns these dual realizations over and over like a penny in his fingers. Sometimes he lets them alternately punish and soothe his soul, these words. One a barb and one a balm. The devil and the angel on his shoulders, but which is which?

Sometimes he lets the needles of knowing fill him with doubt, with hope. With fear, with excitement. And sometimes he just turns away from the knowing, tucks the coin away into a pocket for later.

Or for never.

Just off stage, Jude Archer is no one. It’s the moment of the day he hates most, those few seconds of not being. And then he hears his name.

For one night only —

And he’s already in the light, bathed in it, blinded by it. Soaking it in and becoming. Not just someone, but the one.

All eyes are on him, and he’s reflected back in their fevered glow. The one he’s become. But which one? The genius or the fraud?

Fame, fame. Remember my name.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Alli Marshall grew up in Western New York and has called the mountains of North Carolina home for more than 20 years. She’s a Warren Wilson College graduate and completed her MFA in creative writing at Goddard College. She’s been named the best arts reporter in Western North Carolina in the annual Best of WNC reader’s poll, 2011-2014. She received awards in editorial reporting from the North Carolina Press Association in 2005 and 2014, and from the International Festivals & Events Association in 2004. She also took home top honors in the Cupcakes for the Cure bake-off (local ingredient category) — but that’s another story. And though Alli doesn’t like to brag or anything, over the course of her career she’s interviewed Yoko Ono, Cyndi Lauper, Chris Robinson (The Black Crowes), Aimee Mann, Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys), Britt Daniel (Spoon), Michael Franti, Neko Case, Daniel Lanois, Ziggy Marley, Peter Murphy, Grace Potter, Jamie Lidell, Kishi Bashi and many, many others.

For more information:




Follow Alli on Twitter and Instagram @alli_marshall




Alli will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host. 

Please use this rafflecopter code on your post: 


8 comments on “Christine Presents ~ How to Talk to Rockstars by Alli Marshall

  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Mai Tran
    June 9, 2015

    Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?

    • Alli Marshall
      June 9, 2015

      Sometimes I write with the TV on. Is that strange? I also make music playlists for my various writing projects.

  3. Alli Marshall
    June 9, 2015

    Thanks so much for hosting, Christine! I’m excited to share “How to Talk to Rockstars” with your readers.

  4. achristay
    June 9, 2015

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  5. Rita Wray
    June 9, 2015

    Great interview, I enjoyed it.

  6. Danielle M.
    June 9, 2015

    Great excerpt, thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Victoria
    June 9, 2015

    Thanks for sharing the interview and excerpt!!!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


This entry was posted on June 9, 2015 by in Uncategorized.

Translate this blog

%d bloggers like this: