I WANNA BE YOUR JOEY RAMONE
A raw, edgy, emotional novel about growing up punk and living to tell.
The Clash. Social Distortion. Dead Kennedys. Patti Smith. The Ramones.
Punk rock is in Emily Black's blood. Her mother, Louisa, hit the road to follow the incendiary music scene when Emily was four months old and never came back.
Now Emily's all grown up with a punk band of her own, determined to find the tune that will bring her mother home. Because if Louisa really is following the music, shouldn't it lead her right back to Emily?
Jenn: What would be the ideal spring break for some of your characters? The one they'd remember fondly for the rest of their lives?
Steph: Since my characters are musicians, I'd have to say going to Coachella. I know it's not quite spring break time, but I think that's their kind of spring break. And if they got to open for one of their heroes like Patti Smith or Iggy Pop, they'd be really, really stoked!
Jenn: Do your characters go on any road trips? What are they looking for?
Steph: Oh yeah, my book is all about being on the road. My main character, Emily, is on the road playing music and searching for her mother, Louisa. Louisa is on the road, running from the past, searching for a way to heal.
Jenn: Describe your worst spring break ever.
Steph: Sophomore year of high school I had a horrible, awful, controlling boyfriend and a best friend who was not at all supportive, but actually pretty demanding herself. I went to Pennsylvania with my friend to visit her mom. Within a day, the boyfriend was calling constantly and wanting me to come home and freaking out and the friend was freaking out that I was on the phone with him all the time and I was at the center of this awful tug-of-war for a couple days before my friend told me to just go home and be with the boyfriend. So I ended up on the Amtrak by myself basically crying the whole way. Ugh. And I was young and had no self-esteem, so I ended up staying in both relationships for a few more months. It was pretty bad.
Jenn: Describe your best spring break ever.
Steph: My best friend from college and I decided to take a spur of the moment road trip to New Orleans for spring break. It was actually pretty crazy and disastrous. My friend nearly crashed my car into a semi when the cherry from her cigarette blew into the backseat. The girls who we knew down there had a crazy roommate, like literally crazy because after we'd been there for all of 8 hours most of which we spent sleeping, she told our friends that they would have to make us leave because we'd been talking about her and saying nasty things. So we ended up at this totally sketchy hotel in a bad neighborhood because we couldn't afford to stay any place nice. But we had a blast. We loved walking around the French Quarter. We were 18, but able to get into bars and clubs without any issue and drink. Oh and I should mention that I was a total goth girl then, so spring break in New Orleans, pretty much a dream come true. And the sketchy hotel actually appears in I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone, so it goes to prove that even the worst experiences are great fuel for a writer because you never know what will end up material.
Stephanie meets her fans (oh why do I always have to bribe them!) on her most recent road trip along the Pacific Coast Highway.