The Time I Accidentally Interviewed John Lennon’s Best Friend 

This is something that happened a couple of years ago and even though it’s such a bonkers and interesting story, I never got the chance to share it on the blog.  

As a writer you often have odd and specific questions that come up during your draft. And since I was writing a book about a real historical person, I was heavily researching all the time. Most of the novel takes place in 1958 and during that time, John Lennon was a student at the Liverpool College of Art. So I was trying to dig up any information about teachers, summer assignments, general environment, etc. But I couldn’t find a whole lot in relation to John… mostly because he hated going to school and caused so much trouble there, he got kicked out lol.  

As I was Googling this very specific question, I found a Facebook group for those who attended the college at the time. There was this guy from Liverpool that had randomly commented something on that page. I thought he seemed pretty sharp,. It was a long shot that he would have actually been in Lennon’s year (’58) or had a class with him or anything, but he had at least been a student and would know some of my specific questions about the college. So I sent him a message.

Just want to say, I do not solicit strangers on the internet. This was a huge deal for me to do this, really. When he wrote me back I was overjoyed that he would want to talk to me! My heart was pounding so hard. I mean, this was a person that walked the same halls as a Beatle, my goodness. He could’ve known someone who had an actual conversation with John or touched John’s old discarded gum on the underside of a desk for all I knew. (foreshadowing wink)

So I talked about the college with this stranger named Bill. And I didn’t dare ask him directly about Lennon, because I just figured people were tired of talking about him honestly. His strong personality was very much hit or miss in art school. But all the sudden, to my absolute astonishment, this Bill guy started telling me personal stories about John. “John and I would go to this pub and we had this secret club and we used to do this and this.” And I was like… wait… I looked up this Bill Harry guy… and holy $#!%! I WAS ACTUALLY TALKING TO ONE OF JOHN’S BEST FRIENDS FROM SCHOOL SUPER CASUAL ON FB MESSENGER.

I barged into Dan’s room full on shaking and sobbing.

ME: *hysterical* I just got a one-degree separation from all The Beatles.

Hahaha! So anyway, even though Bill Harry went to this art school he ended up becoming a writer. And he actually even sent me some articles he wrote about John (K he’s like the nicest guy ever. First off) He ended up becoming this amazing contact. I could go to him with any questions regarding Lennon or the 1958 Liverpool music scene or anything!  

I’m so happy to tell you that many of Bill’s personal stories of John made their way into the book!  

I don’t know if you believe in fate, or synchronicities, or kharma. But I personally believe that I was led to talk to this person. I mean… One of John’s good friends during the exact time period the book takes place AND someone who became an accomplished writer themselves AND was still alive and accessible! It was just pretty amazing to me.  

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An Introduction to the Kinds of Things I Write

Hey. So I thought since you’ll be reading something of mine, I should introduce you to the kinds of books I write…


ONE OR THE OTHER
I write in two camps. Either quirky rom coms or dark and creepy thrillers…

YOUNG ADULT
Not a hard rule but for the most part I write in YA. The reason for that is because my natural narrative voice is very teenager-ish (you can look back on this blog for reference haha). Most of my characters tend to be 16, 17, 18. But not always.

MILD ON THE SCOVILLE SCALE
I also write in the PG-13 zone. I have a Mormon background but my characters do not. They drink, break the law, and have tasteful fade to black scenes with each other. Full discloser to my family: I write swear words into my manuscripts. I don’t like to drop F bombs though. It’s not even because that word offends me, I just think that it’s overuse in modern media has made it a bit blasé. (unpopular opinion?) … My John Lennon book is not historically accurate when it comes to the disappearance of F words hahaha.

TIME TRAVEL IS A REOCCURING THEME

I am obsessed with all stories time travel!! A trait I inherited from my family. So that inherently makes a lot of my work ‘sci-fi’. I write very soft science fiction, I don’t try to explain the technology that makes time travel work, it just does. (“The flux capacitor is what makes time travel possible” kind of thing.)


NO SERIES OF SERIES

I tend to write standalone stories and shy away from sequels or trilogies. I’m grossly picky when it comes to sequels (books, movies, TV even). I feel that so often the writer does not stay loyal to the world that they built in the first installment. Magic systems get convoluted, new romances seem arbitrary and forced, and big characters become unrecognizable … I think it can be done well and HAS been done well. But I think the way to do it is to write it in conjunction with the first book (or season/movie) so things are properly set up. (Or at the VERY LEAST have an IDEA of where it would go next.) That’s the only way I would personally be comfortable doing a sequel.  

MAY REMIND YOU OF…

If you grew up with me, you probably know how much I love the original Twilight Zone. Richard Matheson and Rod Serling are major influences on my writing, and I love to add twists. My short stories often have that trademark “punchline twist” that was made famous by The Twilight Zone. I also have a big background in theater and have loved and been influenced by many playwrights. Because of this my work tends to be dialogue forward since my earlier writings were mostly scripts and sketches. But I’m learning to be more of a novelist, I swear! One other major influence is my love of eighties movies. I once had an editor in the industry compare my writing to John Hughes and it was the best compliment I could ever receive!

TEST DRIVE IT YOURSELF

If you haven’t heard I’m putting out a novel for free three weeks from now! Love Me Do is a good introductory to things that I write because it’s somehow nestled in between my two camps. It’s both a quirky rom com AND has time travel and dark elements (she has to kill him if he doesn’t propose to her in 100 days). It was also written in a very similar comedic style to that of my blog posts. So if you already liked what I’ve been posting you’ll probably like this book! I’ll be putting out one chapter at a time every Thursday morning for the following six months!

Thank you so much for all your support already! I’m super nervous to be putting a book out there. Especially one that I know isn’t my best work and… you know, happens to be a silly Beatles fanfic (basically). But it’s a start and a step forward. If nothing else just to get my voice out there and give my words validation to be. If you would like to follow along and be notified of when new chapters release you can enter your email address below.

Kids Say the Darndest (December 2021)

CASEY: *out of nowhere* You know what? I could grab a duck.


After buckling Jack into his seat, Dan let one rip and then shut the van door.

JACK: *totally disgusted* Why did Dad do that? That was so clumsy.


MALL SANTA: And what’s your name?

CASEY: *too flustered and excited* I’m Santa. I mean! I’m Santa. I mean! I’m Casey.


I’m pregnant with my third and I told the kids I had a baby in my belly.

JACK: What?? Right now?

ME: Yeah, right in there.

JACK: *super worried* But it’s gonna burst out of your belly! And tear a big hole!??

ME: … *not knowing where to start with this one*

JACK: Oh, well, I guess they could put you back together right?

ME: Yeah, I’ll go to the hospital to get the baby out.

JACK: Oh, that’s okay then.


When I told Casey that my tummy was getting bigger because of the baby he was like:

CASEY: Yeah, and Daddy’s belly too!


Jack has been so excited about the idea of a baby. He constantly talks about it.

JACK: Can I hug your baby? Can I kiss your baby? When the baby comes out I’m gonna rock him in the chair to sleep. Can we name the baby “Case”?


ME: What does the cow say?

CASEY: “Moo.”

ME: What does the Mommy say?

CASEY: “Oink oink.”

ME: Alright, listen you.


I brought home ultrasound pictures to show the boys. As they were looking at the new baby, I asked them whether they thought they were getting a new brother or a sister.

JACK: *pointing to the picture* That’s a brother because he has short hair.


Today at lunch my three-year-old randomly announced.

CASEY: You know what? I have a cool family!


JACK: I really like your hair.

ME: Aww, thank you.

JACK: And I really like your heart.

ME: *crying* Buddy! Thank you!