30 Minutes from Memphis to Melbourne
I was happily surprised when Daniel Sam, AKA Plastic EP, invited me to do a live interview for his website regarding my novel 30 Minutes in Memphis: A Beatles Story. I had seen a couple of his others, most notably with American Deejay/Beatles enthusiast Chachi Loprete, who had expressed a desire to have me on his weekend show Breakfast With The Beatles, which originates in Boston. So, I asked “Plastic” if he was going to send me a list of questions so I could prepare. “No worries,” he said in typical Aussie style. “You’ll do great!” Just come on and sell your book!”
What Time is It?
The morning of the interview I just happened to get up early to exercise in my home gym, and took a peek at my computer. (It was 5:30 AM in Connecticut, where I live, but the next evening in Melbourne.) When he saw I was on Facebook he asked me to chat live about the upcoming interview. With the help of my groggy wife, Maria, we were patched through. So I described the history behind the story, namely, the Beatles’ tumultuous 1966 tour. Then I got into the actual plot and he said, “Wait…you mean this story isn’t real? You are so detailed, I thought it was real!” I explained it was historical fiction, and used the film Titanic as an analogy. He became very excited. “This is incredible! My first novel!” he cried. “Wait! Here’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to make a promo video, RIGHT NOW!” And that’s what we did, which would explain my scruffy appearance.
A Bundle of Plastic
Eleven hours later, we did the live interview, and it was tremendous fun. Plastic is a bundle of enthusiastic energy, and sets up his guests beautifully. We had a great time, and the story behind my novel has reached hundreds of people around the world. Overall, it was a memorable experience! His Facebook page has given many Beatle insiders/enthusiasts/collectors/authors a chance to come together, and there’s obviously an audience out there that’s hungry for this information. Just look at the number of views these interviews, which he conducts at a dizzying pace, receive. My thanks to Plastic EP, and everyone who’s come aboard to watch our chat.