Secret Rules to Being a Rockstar


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Three Rooms Press
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5.8 X 8.2 X 0.9 inches | 0.8 pounds

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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.


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"Violet persuasively develops a vivid setting that epitomizes Kyla's dreams and aspirations . . . complexly rendered relationships ground this wish-fulfilling love letter to rock music and the whirlwind of fame." --Publishers Weekly

"Jack Kerouac collides with Lester Bangs, cynicism with hope, and the result is a book that is as sweetly pop as it's starkly punk. Violet's work will seem familiar, for better or worse, to most that have sought to make music their life. It's that authenticity that makes it such a valuable read." --Brett Callwood, LA Weekly

"As hot as North Hollywood in July, Secret Rules to Being A Rockstar sears with a youthful sincerity and heat. Jessamyn Violet effortlessly captures the seedy world of music in 90s Los Angeles and the scary, sensitive, sticky feeling of being a teenager in an adult world." --Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara

"Violet spotlights art, music and queer identity through the eyes of Kyla Bell, a quirky teenage keyboardist immersed in the 90's Los Angeles rock scene in her debut book." --Los Angeles Daily News

"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

"An evocative '90s vignette." --Kirkus Reviews

"Secret Rules to Being a Rockstar crackles with the incandescent, electric thrill of being young and letting the pure act of creating art fill your soul. Your heart will beat like you're falling in love for the first time on a Los Angeles summer night when you read this book." --Jeff Zentner, award-winning author, The Serpent King and In the Wild Light

"This is a sparkling, exhilarating, and moving debut about a young woman on the cusp of everything--but it's an even greater meditation on the ways in which, to paraphrase Kyla, we rough ourselves up in the name of art. I loved it!" --Jessie Ann Foley, author, The Carnival at Bray and You Know I'm No Good

"A rockstar tale of a young queer woman navigating coming out while also diving pink hair first into a caffeine-fueled Boogie Nights-esque Los Angeles night life. I definitely would have dog-eared so many pages if I'd gotten to read this kind of book when I was a teen." --Maya Miller, drummer, The Pack A.D.

"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