Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Rubber Soul by Greg Kihn: Character Interview


Character Interview

Greg Kihn Answers


Where do you dream of traveling to and why?

During my musical career from 1976-1986 I traveled the world playing concerts so I don’t really miss that. I like Beachy places like Hawaii or Cabo or Tahiti.


Who is your favorite author?

My favorite author is Charles Dickens! What a life!


What do you think makes a good story?

How you tell it, how the story unwinds. Now that I’m a grandpa I read to my grandkids every day and they love a great adventure. Also, it has to have the ring of truth to it.


Tell us about your family.

My father was a war hero and was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. We grew up in Baltimore and my father used to quote from Shakespeare and Edgar Allen Poe at the kitchen table. In fact, I was the only kid in my high school that memorized the entire“The Raven.” My mother played piano.

What was the scariest moment of your life?

Once I was swept out to sea while snorkeling in Hawaii and it took half the day to get back.

What books have most influenced your life?

Gone South by Robert McCammon and the Stand by Stephen King.

What book are you reading now?

I’m reading The Man Who Invented Christmas - How Charles Dickens A Christmas Carl saved

his career and revived out holiday spirits - by Les Standiford.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A Musician. 

What are your favorite TV shows?

I like the Simpsons, Sports, Ancient Aliens, and anything on the History Channel.


What songs are most played on your Ipod?

I love do-wop, hard rock, blues, R&B, punk, classical, folk and country. I love Hank Williams senior, Bob Wills, Bob Dylan, Dave Von Ronk, and Judy Collins. And of course the Beatles!


What is your favorite meal?

Tri-tip steak sandwich or maybe a hot dog at the ballpark, pizza and Chinese food..


Do you play any sports?

Yes! I played baseball and my team the Gardenville Lions won the city championship in 1966. I also played Jr. Varity football HS Football. I was the smallest guy on the team. I once intercepted a pass and ran 20 yards the wrong way!


What are you passionate about these days?

I am passionate about sports, my grand kids, my musical career, and my writing.


What do you do to unwind and relax?

Walk, read, watch movies, shoot guns at the target range.


If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?

My first ex-wife!


What would you consider to be the best book you have ever read?

Song of Kali by Dan Simmons.


Is there a writer you idolize? If so who?

Stephen King- I think he’s had a fabulous life as a writer and he’s not even halfway finished yet!


What would we find under your bed?

A Kimber .45 auto


Tell us about your favorite restaurant.

I love the Hickory Pit Bar B Que Restaurant in Walnut Creek, Ca. It hasn’t changed since 1957! Sam booths, same food, same menu!


What makes you happy?

My Grandkids make me happy and my wife.


What is the next big thing?

Movies! Making movie out of my books! That’s going to be fun!


If I came to visit early in the morning would you impress me as being more like a chirpy bird or a grumpy bear?

Ha! A Grumpy Bear!


What one word best describes you?


You just won a huge lottery what is the first thing you'll buy?

Another Corvette, they made me sell my last one after I got 5 speeding tickets in a year!


Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?

Don’t sweat the small stuff!


Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what was it?

Don’t try too hard, relax and let things come.


Rubber Soul by Greg Kihn

Rubber SoulGreg Kihn is a rock star, seasoned radio host and author. Rubber Soul, his latest novel is inspired by intimate interviews that he conducted with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Pete Best, Yoko Ono and Patti Harrison. Though Rubber Soul is fiction, as Greg says it is “100% historically accurate” and an candid glimpse of the phenomenon that is The Beatles.

Rubber Soul is a an innovation in the Rock Thriller genre, taking readers on a rollicking ride through The Beatles legacy from the early days in Liverpool to six sold out shows per night in Hamburg and full-fledged Beatlemania.

Dust Bin Bob runs into some lads from Liverpool at his second hand shop on Penny Lane. The lads: John, Paul, George and Ringo and Dust Bin Bob become firm friends, sharing vinyl that will spark a revolution. Murder, mystery and Beatlemania mayhem ensues—with the boys narrowly avoiding an international incident and an attempted assassination. It’s the ultimate Beatles story that could have happened!


“There’s no one more qualified to write a rock-and-roll novel than Greg Kihn. He’s the real deal and at his Kihntillating best in this book.” – Guy Kawasaki, former chief evangelist of Apple

“Rubber Soul is a magical mystery tour de force by Greg Kihn, a rocker who obviously has a way with words as well as music. His imagined story about the Beatles is fast-moving, full of twists and tension, and musical nuggets and insights. Great story-telling set to a Fab-four beat.” – Ben Fong Torres

“Rubber Soul captures what Rock-n-Roll is all about – and Greg Kihn would certainly know! This nearly-true story of the Beatles is pure magic and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.” – Eddie Money

“Greg Kihn is the most compelling author who ever had a top five singing career. Rubber Soul is a fantastic story by Greg, with an historical back beat. I urge you not to miss this.” – Joan Jett

“I’m happy to report that Rubber Soul, the latest work by my pal Greg Kihn, has correct punctuation, complete sentences, even full paragraphs – some of the exact same literary devices that can be found in the greatest novels our culture has ever produced! It’s also written in English, which happens to be one of my very favorite languages.” – “Weird Al” Yankovic

“While the RIAA may not be able to certify Kihn’s work with a gold disc, fans of Kihn and The Beatles, as well as those who long for the simpler yet magical time of the 1960’s will thoroughly enjoy and fall in love with Rubber Soul. They certainly don’t write ‘em like this anymore.” – Chris Shapiro, RetroPulse

Author Greg Kihn

gregNBC called Greg Kihn “Rock’s True Renaissance Man” and for good reason. As part of the eponymous band he has: toured the globe, had hit records, been inducted into the San Jose Rock Hall Of Fame, opened for the Rolling Stones and jammed with Bruce Springsteen. You may have heard of his smash worldwide #1 hit “Jeopardy” and “The Breakup Song”, not to mention the parody written by Weird Al Yankovic.

Being a famous and successful rock star is only one part of the mosaic that is Greg’s story. In the 90s Greg poured his passion for lyrics into writing fiction—publishing four novels, one of which “Horror Show” was nominated for the prestigious Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel.

In this vein, Greg merged his love of writing with Rock and Roll and wrote “Rubber Soul”—a unique rock murder mystery featuring The Beatles. The inspiration for this novel came from Greg’s interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Pete Best, Yoko Ono and Patti Harrison. In this way Greg gained exclusive access to the biggest band ever to exist. “Rubber Soul” is a work of fiction, but it is 100% historically accurate and a story that only rock veteran Greg Kihn could have written.
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