The Holden Age of Hollywood by Phil Brody~Author Interview~Book Tour & Giveaway

29 August 2012

Welcome to my stop on the Holden Age of Hollywood Tour. Brought to you by Innovative Online Tours. Here you can read a synopsis of the book, read a great interview with the author, Phil Brody, and learn a little more about him from his bio. Don't forget to visit the other blogs on this tour for more information about this book and author.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Brody for stopping by and answering a few questions for us!

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
A Kindle full of books, extra batteries for that Kindle, and a woman I love. Hopefully she likes me read to her, because all we have -- besides each other -- is said Kindle.

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
You didn't specify living or dead, but I'll assume living:
1. Louie C.K.
2. Bill Murray
3. Charlie Kaufman
4. Howard Stern
5. Kate Upton

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Into the past. There's a pretty great girl I pretty much screwed things up with and I'd like another shot with her. How's that for an honest answer?

What is one book everyone should read?
I'm going to go with: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

If you were a superhero what would your name be?
Iron Bat Man

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
I'm going with: telekinesis

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Hands down, Mint Chocolate Chip. In fact, are there other flavors?

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
Budd Schulberg. There are so many ways to go with this answer, but since I'm a writer and we're talking books, Budd wrote What Makes Sammy Run, a novel that made me want to move to Hollywood and become a writer, which I did. Owe a lot to Budd and I wish I could tell him that.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Coffee. Does that count? Because I cannot start a day without it. If I need to cite a favorite food, I love a really good egg sandwich.

Night owl, or early bird?
Early bird. Really early. I get up at 6AM every day and have for years. I do my best writing in the morning and love the fact, if all is going well, I can write all day.

Pet Peeves?
Are the Leaf Blower Wars going on where you reside? Because it’s pretty much Apocalypse Now in these parts. Let me explain. Like most, I have neighbors on either side and behind me. All of us employ landscapers (i.e. guys with standard issued leaf blowers). Problem is, my ‘scapers attack/clean my property on Tuesday morning. Then the neighbor to the right has a platoon that retaliates on Wednesday morning, and they proceed to blow everything back into my territory. On Thursday, forces to the left infiltrate the area. On Friday, the attack comes from behind. All this action leaves my terrain looking like Hiroshima/Nagasaki after, well . . . you know. For three days, it’s all quiet on the West Coast front—then we do battle all over again. Good times.

Skittles or M&Ms?
M&M's. Peanut, please.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Because when you're done, I'm confident you'll turn to someone and say, 'You need to read this book.'

Purchase the book on Amazon:The Holden Age of Hollywood

Here's a little bit about the book:

“Hollywood died on me as soon as I got here. Welles said that, not me, but damn if he didn’t nail it, you know?”
Sam Bateman came to Hollywood to settle a score, but amidst the sunny and 75, his plans went astray. Everything changed the day he drank in the intoxicating legend of Meyer Holden, the greatest screenwriter Hollywood has ever known, the one who pulled a Salinger and walked away. Holden now tacks pseudonyms onto his works and buries them in the bottomless sea of spec that is Hollywood’s development process. They’re out there for anyone to find—but at what cost? In his quest, Bateman severs all ties and sinks into a maddening world of bad writing and flawed screenplays. Paranoid and obsessive, the belligerent savant encounters an eccentric cast of characters—each with an agenda—in his search for the one writer in Hollywood who does not want to be found.
Phil Brody’s The Holden Age of Hollywood is at once a detective novel, an unexpected love story, and a provocative exposé of a broken industry. With dark humor and incisive commentary, the novel immerses readers in a neo-noir quest to attain the Hollywood dream, integrity intact.

Reviews have been rolling in and here's what the critics have to say:
“The Holden Age of Hollywood by Phil Brody delivers the premise and promise of its title. It is an original, rollicking, picaresque novel that would make J.D. Salinger proud.”
~ Stan Corwin, former publisher/CEO of Pinnacle Books, author of Betty Page Confidential and Oxy-Morons I Have Known
“Brody’s debut novel has an ambitious agenda. It’s a coming-of-age novel, a mystery, a love story, and a stinging, knowing send-up of the movie biz. Brody melds these disparate elements with energy, wit, snarky insider dialogue, and a clipped, telegraphic narrative style. . . The Holden Age of Hollywood is fine entertainment."
~ Thomas Gaughan, Booklist (May 1, 2012)
“As the sun came up today, I turned the last page of Phil Brody’s The Holden Age of Hollywood. That’s because I couldn’t put it down. I can rarely make time for novels, but this one had me rifling through pages with constant anticipation. The back drop of this story is the same backdrop I live and work in. Hollywood. With all its fast-talkers, posers, and users, Brody weaves a tale through all the madness that is Hollywood with a voice of reason, integrity, and hilarious sarcasm. . . I have rarely been this entertained, while being informed, all from reading the same book."
~ Doug Jones, Actor, Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy I and II, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer
“If anyone knows Hollywood, author Phil Brody knows Hollywood. The Holden Age of Hollywood is a cynical and witty look at the real town . . . exposing the often underappreciated business of screenwriting, all while unfolding an unexpected love story. . . .”
~ Jessica Druck, The Five-Stir
“Readers will enjoy watching a fascinating Bateman get sucked into the Hollywood drama machine. Filled with a quirky cast working humorous scenes, this is a fascinating character study as Bateman goes the extraordinary extra kilometer to find a Holden screenplay.”
~ Harriet Klausner, Genre Go Round Reviews (June 18, 2012)

About the Author

Phil Brody lives in Los Angeles and writes every day. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, he relocated to Chicago after college and enjoyed a successful career in Chicago in advertising. After moving to LA, Brody toiled in development, penned a few spec scripts, and has worked as a writer, producer, and director in documentary TV. His short film, A Blue Christmas, was the grand prize winner in The Short Film Group’s First Annual Script Competition and was acknowledged in the WorldFest-Houston and Cleveland International Film Festivals. Brody is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio and an alumnus of Writers Boot Camp in Santa Monica, California. The Holden Age of Hollywood is his first novel.

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Visit some other blogs on the tour to learn more about this book and Phil Brody

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8/31   ¡Miraculous!   Review and Giveaway   
8/31   Window on the World   Review and Interview
9/3  Dahl's Doll  Spot Light, guest post and Giveaway 
9/3 The Self-Taught Cook   Review
9/4  I am, Indeed Spot Light, guest post, and Giveaway 


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