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About Alan Goldsher

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 9/21

Q. Previous occupations

A. Musician, record label drone, record store slave

Q. Favorite job

A. Writer. Duh.

Q. High school and/or college

A. New Trier High School / college schmollege

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Miles Davis

Q. Favorite movie

A. Almost Famous

Q. Favorite television show

A. Arrested Development

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. Eat, sleep, write, sports, love, peace & hair grease

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. To steal a phrase from Viv Savage: "Have a good time, all the time."

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Nick Hornby, John Irving, Stephen King, Tom Perrotta, Peter Biskind, Ben Elton, Jonathan Lethem, and Jonathan Tropper.

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. "High Fidelity" and "About a Boy" by Nick Hornby "The World According to Garp" by John Irving "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls" by Peter Biskind (I'm leaving one slot open for my readers to offer suggestions - AlanGoldsher@gmail.com)

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. "Ball Four" by Jim Bouton

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Learn these two things: Know when you're done with a project, and learn to bounce back from rejection.

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. Dude, your stuff is, like, way weird.

Q. How did you come to write Paul Is Undead?

A. The whole postmodern zombie craze -- which, to me, started with "Shaun of the Dead" and reached critical mass with "Pride & Prejudice & Zombies" -- seemed like a hoot, and I wanted in. I didn't know jack about Victorian literature, but I knew a a thing or three about the Beatles. And even though there will be cries of bandwagon jumping, the genesis of the book was fairly organic: I've always loved horror (Stephen King was one of the first "grown-up" writers I ever read), and I'm a Beatles nerd. It was a match made in heaven...or maybe in hell. Bwah hah hah hah hah hah!!!

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