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I’m Glad I Did: Songwriter Cynthia Weil recreates her early years in the business

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Rules are meant to be broken. Or at least that’s what Grammy-winning songwriter Cynthia Weil proposes in her latest young adult novel, I’m Glad I Did, a book that rides on the back of the Peace Train, giving voice to issues of racism, sexism and war. It was 1961 when Weil first walked down the street toward the Brill Building in the heart of New York City. She could not have known at the time that this was the beginning of one wild career at Aldon Music. Flanked with black marble pillars and a blazing brass edifice, Weil crossed the music building’s threshold and took those first steps into songwriting that would one day lead her to become only the…

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Rock on with an accidental novelist

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by Daniel Palmer. I consider myself an accidental novelist. Of course, this accident took ten dedicated years of my life, rejections too numerous to count, and a tremendous sense of purpose plus commitment to make happen. But the younger version of me never envisioned he would one day write books; he assumed he’d grow up to be a rock ‘n roll star. Here’s the beautiful upside: Several years and various rock bands later, I find the lessons I learned from songwriting have, in a rearview mirror sort of way, greatly informed my approach to writing suspense novels. I started writing fiction six years after I played my last live show. I had just read High Fidelity by Nick Hornby, and…

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