Secret Rules to Being a Rockstar

Secret Rules to Being a Rockstar

by Jessamyn Violet
Secret Rules to Being a Rockstar

Secret Rules to Being a Rockstar

by Jessamyn Violet


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Acclaimed musician Jessamyn Violet’s debut LGBTQA+ novel sizzles with a coming-of-age story set in an industry of ambition, secrets, lies, and utter joy.

Eighteen-year-old Kyla Bell dreams of one day being a professional musician... but gets little to no support from her parents. Still, she practices every day and performs locally, harboring her own secret hopes. One night, her dreams are answered in the form of sultry rocker Ruby Sky, the magnetic frontwoman of her favorite band, Glitter Tears. Ruby hears Kyla perform and asks her to join the band on keys for their upcoming tour.

In order to accept, Kyla must drop out of her Western Massachusetts high school and move to Los Angeles immediately to live with a renowned yet highly volatile producer who has agreed to put her through "rock star boot camp" in a matter of weeks. Blindsided by her emerging feelings for Ruby Sky, Kyla tumbles through the lights and shadows of the 90s music scene in Los Angeles.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781953103291
Publisher: Three Rooms Press
Publication date: 04/18/2023
Pages: 282
Sales rank: 1,165,996
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)
Lexile: HL730L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Jessamyn Violet is a writer and musician, born and raised in Massachusetts. She received her BFA in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson College, and her MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco's California College of the Arts. In Los Angeles, she has written for entertainment magazines, interviewing celebrities including John Green and Matt Groening, and worked in film production. Her poetry collection, Organ Thieves (Gauss PDF), was published in 2017. Her full-length screenplay “Exit Strategies” was a quarterfinalist in Scriptapalooza in 2018. Her short stories have been published in Ploughshares (forthcoming, Spring 2023), 805 Art + Lit Magazine, Adelaide, Little Break, and 3 Elements. Jessamyn plays drums for the band Movie Club. Secret Rules to being a Rockstar is her debut novel. She currently lives in Venice Beach, California.

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The Ground Rule

I fell in love with music like it was a person. From a very early age, I ate up anything a stereo speaker had to say and found something to appreciate in everything from pop hits to the most obscure genres and songs. The first thing I wanted to know about anyone I met was what kind of music they listened to, and the last thing I became hungry for before my life exploded was validation that the feeling was mutual—that music and I were in love with each other. Because I didn’t just listen to music. While other kids my age flirted and fooled around with each other, I found my own version of making love: Fingering the chipped ivory keys of our ancient piano in the basement while my voice entwined with the notes. I covered every song I loved and fantasized about being a professional musician. I cranked out original material like I might just die otherwise. Then I turned 18 and decided to play before an audience to see if it was really meant to be. And while western Massachusetts wasn’t exactly brimming with opportunities that matched my imagination’s version of my onstage debut, it was my best and only option. 

It was time to start the grind from the ground-up.

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