Secret Rules to Being a Rockstar

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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.


"Jessamyn Violet presents readers with the sights, sounds, smells, and, above all, the tumultuous thoughts and feelings of a young life in music. This story rings true from its overture to its coda." --Susan Rogers, Director of Berklee Music Perception & Cognition Lab; Author, This Is What It Sounds Like: What The Music You Love Says About You

"This striking debut about an up-and-coming young musician feels reminiscent of the captivating fictional celebrity of Taylor Jenkins Reid's bestselling Daisy Jones And The Six with its own lighthearted, YA sense of fun and wonder . . . A sparkling debut that will become a favourite and comfort read . . . Violet's stellar wit and pacing never allow for a dull moment, sweeping the reader up into a world of glamour, uncertain romance and rock stardom." --The National Scotland

"Jessamyn Violet is a real rocker and a real writer. You will love her as much as I do." --Alice Hoffman, NYT bestselling author of Practical Magic

"Secret Rules to Being a Rockstar is a magical story that reminds me of when we were first getting started with Skating Polly. I could not put this book down and definitely cried at parts. I'm proud to support such a cool, fun and feminist tale. It's the book I dreamed of reading as a teenager!!" --Peyton Bighorse, musician, Skating Polly

"Secret Rules to Being a Rockstar is a colorful story full of hope and wonder, immersing the reader in the near-dystopian dreamscape of the music industry in 1990s Los Angeles--and I know because I lived it." --Eva Gardner, bassist for P!NK, Cher, Tegan & Sara

"Jessamyn Violet's riveting debut novel, Secret Rules to Being a Rockstar, gives us Kyla Bell, an endearing character who strives to balance the life of a rockstar with that of the honest and loyal daughter and friend she has always been. For this, Kyla needs a complicated set of rules, and the journey that follows--vivid and wise--is both poignant and exhilarating." --Jill McCorkle, NYT Bestselling Author