This book is bargain priced from 04/26/2014 until 05/02/2014
Hollywood Stories features an amazing, all-star cast of legendary Hollywood characters and icons, past and present, that will keep you totally entertained! Full of funny moments and twist endings.
“A WILD, FUN RIDE THROUGH TINSEL TOWN, PAST AND PRESENT!” — JAN WAHL, KCBS AM/FM & KRON-TV
Just when you thought you’ve heard everything about Hollywood comes a totally original new book — a special blend of biography, history and lore.
Hollywood Stories is packed with wild, wonderful short tales about famous stars, movies, directors and many others who have been a part of the world’s most fascinating, unpredictable industry!
What makes the book unique is that the reader can go to any page and find a completely engaging and illuminating yarn. Sometimes people won’t realize that they are reading about The Three Stooges or Popeye the Sailor until they come to the end of the story. The Midwest Book Review says Hollywood Stories is, “packed from cover to cover with fascinating tales.”
A professional tour guide in Hollywood, Stephen Schochet has researched and told thousands of entertaining anecdotes for over twenty years. He is also the author and narrator of two audiobooks Tales of Hollywood and Fascinating Walt Disney. Tim Sika, host of the radio show Celluloid Dreams on KSJS in San Jose has called Stephen,” The best storyteller about Hollywood we have ever heard.”
Targeted Age Group: 10 and up
Book Price: 99 cents
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
Hollywood Stories is unique because of the variety of subject matter in the book. individual stories can be about people as diverse as Paris Hilton and W.C Fields. Besides famous icons like John Wayne and Marilyn Monroe there are also anecdotes one may not normally associate with Hollywood such as Doctor Seuss and Albert Einstein. There is lots of material on Star Trek, a whole chapter on Walt Disney, a fun look at the Oscars, plenty of vignettes about Westerns, a complete section on comedians and so much more. Overall, Hollywood Stories contains over 1000 anecdotes.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
One must be willing to toot their own horn and keep marketing. Also, get as much help editing as possible. There is nothing more valuable than finding somebody that you trust for good feedback. Michael Crichton took eight years to write Jurassic Park; he originally wanted it to take pace from a kid’s point of view his friends told him that they hated it and he made changes going off their criticism. Crichton did not let his ego and fame get in the way of resisting valid suggestions; IMO a wise practice for lesser known artists to also follow.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I am a tour guide in Hollywood who started researching fun material to share with my customers; I got really great feedback and had the idea the stories could be told anywhere which lead me to write the book.
About the Author:
1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your interest in Hollywood.
I’m a tour guide in Hollywood and years ago I started collecting little stories to tell the customers and had the idea that the tales could be told anywhere. I had always been interested in the movies and history so it was kind of a natural fit for me. When I first started I had a study buddy named Ivan. During our breaks we would research information about old Hollywood and share it with each other. I remember one time we met on Hollywood Boulevard and said to me in a low, conspiratorial tone,” Steve, man, you what I found out today? That Thomas Edison owned the rights to the movie camera and the early moguls like Mayer, Warner, and Zukor they had to pay him tributes. They why they left the East Coast and came west — they were outlaws, baby!” The more information we found out, the more fun it was to give the tour. And I’ve got a good memory for stories so having different material kept it fresh, I think for the customers as well. Anyway, eventually I had the idea that these very short anecdotes could be told anywhere and that’s what led, after a few other projects, to the idea for the book.
Jimmy Stewart, George Burns, and Lucille Ball were always friendly and waved. Fred Hayman’s boutique on Rodeo Drive was a great store (now defunct) where I used to be able get my customers cappuccinos spiked with Kailua and brandy — I’ll tell you the more people drank the more they enjoyed the tour. A bunch of stars came in there, like Cybil Shepard, Suzanne Pleshette, Vanna White, the one who I really enjoyed meeting was Zsa Zsa Gabor who took pictures with all my customers. The bartender was a beautiful girl named Laura, she looked like Cindy Crawford. Zsa Zsa walked to the bar, complimented Laura and asked how she kept her skin so nice. Before Laura could answer Zsa Zsa suggested that Laura stay away from booze — then asked her to put some extra brandy in the cappuccino. Then she laughed so she had a good sense of humor.
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