Can mailing a fan letter change a life? Brenda Dunkirk didn’t think so. She also didn’t think 80s metal star Keith Kutter would have actually read her letter. Watching him stand in the rain on her patio and compose a new song is something she never imagined. Brenda thinks she’s the luckiest woman in the world when Keith’s band, Hydra, and entourage declare her home their base camp while recording their comeback album. She fantasizes about late night lyric writing sessions at her kitchen table and being the first one to hear all the new songs. She is confident that with her help the band will get back on top where they belong. Swept up in the glamour of being the rock and roll muse, Brenda risks her already faltering marriage. Tim, her husband, walks out on her and Hydra’s chaos, and to make matters worse her boss is threatening to fire her if she doesn’t her act together at work. The band will not leave until the album is done--it could be another month or it could be another year. Ultimately Brenda must choose between the secure contentment of her marriage or the allure of rock and roll. She must decide: is it possible to be one man’s wife and another man’s muse?
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As a writer, BJ Knapp has created numerous corporate marketing pieces and contributed articles to Rhode Island Health & Fitness Magazine. Musically, she has composed a number of original songs of the angry-chick rock variety, which she proudly accompanies on her guitar.
Her time working as a DJ for her college radio station sparked her curiosity about the rock stars and one-hit wonders of the eighties, and this in turn inspired her to write Beside the Music, her first novel.
An avid sailor and scuba diver, BJ enjoys many outdoor activities, including hiking and geocaching, and has made hundreds of failed attempts at cooking. Her blog may be found at bjknapp.com.
BJ and her husband, Todd, live in Rhode Island with their two dogs, Nemo and Potter.Review:
BJ Knapp creates for her witty and endearing protagonist, Brenda Dunkirk, a mix tape of the pleasures and perils of serving as a musician's muse. Besides the Music is a smart, humorous look at the compromises of marriage, art, and career-- and the power of rock 'n roll to rock the soul. ---Celine Keating, author of Layla and Play for Me Beside the Music is a real treat from first-time author BJ Knapp. Her writing style is warm and witty and her characters are engaging and totally authentic. I loved this book from beginning to end. ---Gail Ward Olmstead, author of Jeep Tour, Guessing at Normal and Driving on the Left Knapp has spun a story full of wit and realistically drawn characters who dare to ask if heroes can rise again and if new dreams can rival old. --Nicole Waggoner, author of Center Ring and The Act The whole idea of all of this is quite unique--if you're looking for a quirky and funny tale than I strongly suggest picking this one up. It was a breath of fresh air for me because the read is light yet fun. I can't wait to read more books by the author in the future as she clearly has a knack for writing! ---Pretty Little Book Reviews
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Book Description Booktrope Editions, 2015. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111620158078