Author’s Inspiration: “The Rock Star in the Mirror”

layout 3Back in 2012, I got the idea for a story about a guy with aspirations of being a rock star.  The catch was that he’d be taking advice from a favorite musician … who could be seen only by him. Thus, The Rock Star in the Mirror (Or, How David Bowie Ruined My Life) was born.

As I started to flesh out the story, I realized that I wanted to set it in some of the places where I spent a lot of time as a child growing up in Oregon. Because my brother rode a lot of motocross races, we were often in a location called Brown’s Camp, in the Tillamook National Forest. So, I used the coastal town of Rockaway and Brown’s Camp as my primary settings.

I decided that the impetus for Joe, the main character, would be impressing a woman, Lynnie. I gave Lynnie a crush on my favorite musician, David Bowie, and things rolled from there. I also drew on my experience in the music business.

Things do not go at all well for Joe in the course of the book, despite him achieving his ambition of becoming a rock star. He rapidly finds out that all is not as it seems from the outside.

rsitmaudiosmall_The book was a double-nominee in the Global eBook Awards, and ably brought to life as an audiobook by narrator Matt Haynes.

When David Bowie passed away in 2016, I realized that this book was also a letter of gratitude to him. I remain immensely proud of this work.

Want your own copy of The Rock Star in the Mirror (Or, How David Bowie Ruined My Life)? Here are the back cover copy and the purchase links.

Joe is a small-town Oregon guy. He’s madly in love with Lynnie … who has a huge crush on David Bowie. Joe will do almost anything to get Lynnie’s attention, but there are always consequences.

Amazon (Geo-targeted link will take you to the store for your country/region)

Apple Books


Barnes & Noble

FNAC (France)

Kobobooks (Also available for 2400 Superpoints)

Mondadori (Italy)

Overdrive (Via your local library)





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