Thursday, August 3, 2006

Indie Rocker Pens Pop Lit For MTV Books

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Alex McAulay spent ten years playing underground indie rock, but it’s writing pop teen novels that’s got him to MTV.

MTV Books, that is.

McAulay says it’s “the biggest irony I can think of in my life” that he’s become an acclaimed – and successful – teen novel author, first with his debut best- seller, Bad Girls (Simon And Schuster) and his follow up, Lost Summer (MTV Books), which hits stores Tuesday (Aug. 8).

In Mcaulay’s words, “I wrote Bad Girls on a dare; my wife thought I could pull off this idea I had to write a Lord of the Flies for girls – and to my surprise, I actually could do it.”

As a novelist who just received his masters in literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, McAulay says the lucrative “pop lit” genre is “more relevant” than critics or professors might want to admit.

According to McAulay: “I get so many emails from girls who tell me they don’t read many books, but that they really loved reading mine – and read more now, too.”

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