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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Interview & Giveaway with Phil Brody, author of The Holden Age of Hollywood!

Please help me welcome author Phil Brody to Full Moon Bites to talk about his book The Holden Age of Hollywood--and don't miss the giveaway below! :)

Holly: Would you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Phil Brody: I live in Los Angeles where I write every day. Previously, I worked as a caddy, knife salesman, award-winning shirt folder at Gap, waiter, actor (okay, extra), and Chicago ad exec. One day I began moving in the left direction, which turned out to be the right direction, and ended up in LA, where I’ve worked as a copywriter, development exec, writer's assistant, and writer-producer-director of documentaries on Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and Food Network. The Holden Age of Hollywood is my first novel.

Holly:  Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?

Phil Brody: Hey there, reader. Thank you for putting your eyes on the words I string into sentences, the sentences I join into paragraphs, and the paragraphs I mold into pages. Thanks for flipping through the all the chapters too. By the end, I hope you’ve enjoyed the read/ride, and I hope we can do it all again super soon. 

Holly:  When did you realize that you would like to write and publish a book? 

Phil Brody: I was writing screenplays here in Hollywood when I came up with an intriguing conceit for a story. However, as the idea percolated in my head, I realized the story I wanted to tell did not fall into the traditional three-act structure. That might have been the end of it, but the characters started relentlessly whispering to me, beckoning me to explore them and this, at the time, skeleton of a world I invented. Good thing I eventually did that, because it resulted in my debut novel. 

Holly:  Can you tell us a little bit about your book?

Phil Brody: The Holden Age of Hollywood is at once a modern detective novel, an unexpected love story, and a provocative exposÈ 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.

Holly:  Which came first for you, the characters or the plot? 

Phil Brody: The plot. I actually had a firm grasp of the plot long before I discovered the voice of the novel, who the characters were, and how they related to each other. The night that happened—the night I discovered the voice and who these people were—that was a really good night. After that, the novel flowed out of me rather quickly. 

Holly:  What was the inspiration for this novel? 

Phil Brody: I wanted to write about Hollywood, but had zero desire to write anything like what I had seen or read prior. I had no intention of writing about a down-and-out writer yearning to be discovered. To me, that scenario had been played out. Then one day I discovered a way to turn that world upside down and analyze it from a unique perspective. I happened upon my conceit, which is: searching for the one writer who does not want to be found.  And just like that, I knew I had something. 

Holly:  Are you working on anything at the moment? 

Phil Brody: I am working on my second novel, which, like my first novel, combines genres. It's called The Dog Wonder, and it's part thriller, part detective novel, an unexpected love story, and a quest to prove a theory as to why man's best friend would ever attack their friend.

Holly:  Are you reading anything interesting at the moment? If so, what is it? 

Phil Brody: While it’s hard for me to read while I’m writing (too many characters talking in my head at once), I recently finished Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and enjoyed it immensely. 

Holly:  What is your take on editing your work (pre-edits I suppose before it gets passed to an editor)—do you hate it? Is it a strong point for you?

Phil Brody: My take is do not try to go it alone. Find someone you trust to help you edit it or you’ll lose your mind and will not be doing the best thing for the manuscript. Find a trusted friend or hire someone—someone that can bring a fresh and honest perspective to the editing process.  

Random Quickies! 

Holly: Favorite color? 

Phil Brody: 50 Shades of Blue

Holly:  Favorite movie? 

Phil Brody: Three Days of the Condor

Holly:  Favorite book to movie? 

Phil Brody: Fight Club

Holly:  Cats or dogs? 

Phil Brody: Woof

Holly:  Fast-food or home cooked meal?

Phil Brody: C’mon. Is that even a question? Home cooked meal.

I escape to the patio, perch myself at the bar, where the bartenders can’t pour the Red Bull or the Kettle One fast enough. I watch them work, mesmerized by the stampede for this overhyped mixture of depressant and upper. I know no one uses terms like that anymore— depressant, upper. Call me old-fashioned. Actually, call me well-rounded. Helps me do my job and deal with the reason I’m doing time in this town. Drink to that.
“Another gin and tonic?”
I nod once to my best friend at this party, my only friend in this fucking town—the bartender. Not this bartender per se. Every bartender. They mix a cure for what ails me. 
Sure, it’s a momentary cure, but those are some of my happiest moments. Way it is.
Too many people. Too loud. Attitudes starting to asphyxiate. I stare at the sea of lights, the view from the Hills of this coldfuckcold city that’s 75 degrees every day. It’s an endless four-story grid of isolated, lock-the-door-behind-you lives, where everyone is either so wrapped up in creating their own success story or so damaged from their failure that resentment for one another is all we have in common.
Lights everywhere twinkle, look so inviting, but it’s a trick. I know it. 

“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 Hollywoodis 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. 

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Phil Brody lives in Los Angeles and writes every day. He began his 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. Hisshort 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.

He can be reached at 


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  1. Book sounds great. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Thanks for the awesome giveaway


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