Great Big Something
This post is about a novel I wrote in the 90s called Great Big Something. It was originally published through a POD press and I've recently revised it and published it as an ebook on Lulu.
Sheila and Mary are lovers and leaders of the band Great Big Something. The band is doing well, but the two women are having problems and decide to go into therapy. While on tour, the other couple in the band, Claudia and Rhonda, break up and Rhonda leaves. The band scrambles to find a replacement. To find out what happens, please read the book.
The band is part of the first gay/lesbian rock scene. At the time I wrote this, there were few out musicians and a lot of homophobia. The story is my response to that, since I am gay. It is so much better today. There are many out musicians. And it is a relief that much of the homophobia has finally dissipated. Gay rights and same-sex marriage are now The Causes and you can be out with no problems. Say what you want about Lady Gaga’s music, but she’s openly bi, and one of the biggest pop stars on the planet. That’s real progress.
I was and am an 80s college rocker, and “alternative” in this book now means hard rock, not the grunge in the original edition. I had a lot of wrongheaded notions about grunge back in the day, and these days I like it. Most of what I wanted to have happen musically in the 90s has come to pass, and that is also reflected in the book. I love today’s indie rock, too. It’s positive, happy, thoughtful, and great to listen to.
The novel was a badly written first book and the person who untangled it is my best friend and writing mentor, Jen Grover. She smoothed out the plot and the characters and her eye for detail and her stylish prose made the novel I dreamed of come true.
So if you are curious, I hope you'll read it and like it. The book is only available from Lulu right now, but will be on the iTunes store and B&N.com very soon. Kindle folks, sorry, but Amazon isn’t included here, but you can be read it on any Apple/Windows/Linux device or anything that can read an iBook or Nook book. http://www.lulu.com/shop/andrea-weiss/great-big-something/ebook/product-21179781.html