Alan Goldsher

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Novelist/ghostwriter/journalist Alan Goldsher is the author of the forthcoming Beatles/horror/humor mash-up Paul is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion (Gallery Books, June 22, 2010), as well as Hard Bop Academy: The Sidemen of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Modest Mouse: A Pretty Good Read, and the novel Jam. Midnight Movie, the novel he co-wrote with director Tobe Hooper ("The Texas Chainsaw Massacre") will be published in 2011. Written as A.M. Goldsher, his chicklit novels The True Naomi Story, Reality Check, and Today's Special were released in the U.K. and Marabout in France in 2008, with No Ordinary Girl to come in 2011.

As a ghostwriter, Alan has collaborated on projects with comedians Bernie Mac and Fred Willard; actor Robert Englund, Ironman triathlete Sarah Reinertsen, and "American Idol" contestant Sanjaya Malakar, among other notable celebrities and public figures.

Alan's sportswriting has been seen in ESPN The Magazine,,, and, and he reviews books for Kirkus.

During his 10-plus years as a professional bassist, Goldsher recorded with Janet Jackson, Cypress Hill, and Naughty by Nature; toured the world with Digable Planets; and performed at the 1994 Grammy Awards.

Alan lives and writes in Chicago.

Photograph by Cara Garbarino

Books by this Author

Paul Is Undead
Dancing to the Music in My Head


My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. To steal a phrase from Viv Savage: "Have a good time, all the time."

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Nick Hornby, John Irving, Stephen King, Tom Perrotta, Peter Biskind, Ben Elton, Jonathan Lethem, and Jonathan Tropper.

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. Dude, your stuff is, like, way weird.

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. "High Fidelity" and "About a Boy" by Nick Hornby "The World According to Garp" by John Irving "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls" by Peter Biskind (I'm leaving one slot open for my readers to offer suggestions -

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Learn these two things: Know when you're done with a project, and learn to bounce back from rejection.


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