Rob Hoerburger has weaved a gripping and emotional tale infused with the music and culture of the '80s in his breakout novel "Why Do Birds." The musical edge of this book is not surprising since Hoerburger has written for Rolling Stone Magazine, and is the co-author, with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Darlene Love, of "My Name Is Love: The Darlene Love Story." Besides Darlene Love, he has spent time with some of the greatest musicians of our time, including Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield, and Carole King. "Why Do Birds" inspires and compels you to move forward in a world that is always experiencing change. One word that best describes, "Why Do Birds" is captivating.
Can you tell me a bit about your book "Why Do Birds"?
It takes place in New York City in 1982. Its central character is a once-popular singer trying to reverse the downward trajectory of her life. All of its main characters have pop music flowing through their veins, and all of them are trying to navigate a challenging time in their lives. I've always been drawn to stories about underdogs, and each of them qualifies, in her or his own particular way.
In your creative life, you bring together music and writing. What do you love about each, and about bringing them together in your work?
In the simplest terms, the music I love has always been something that somehow inspired, moved or defined me, and writing it or about it has always been a way to give that back to the world.
If they were creating a Mount Rushmore of Musicians who would your picks be and why?
Let's narrow that down to a Mount Rushmore of singers (as if even that were possible). My first group would be, in no particular order, Dusty Springfield, Elvis Presley, Marvin Gaye, Karen Carpenter, and Gladys Knight.
You are an avid runner and have taken part in a variety of marathons. How does running help you when you're writing?
Running helps clear the mind to let creativity in, and also provides some clarity. In that sense, it's kind of like therapy, only with a physical component - healthy body, healthy mind. It's also a great confidence builder.
Let's change gears here for a minute, if you could have any superpower what would it be and why?
To be able to sing like any of the above. The reason should be obvious.