Interview with YA author Rocky Gregory

Author Rocky Gregory is here today and we’re
chatting about his young adult adventure novel, One Groovy Summer.
Rocky was born and raised in
SE Virginia. He was fourteen when he heard the Beatles for the first time. He
became a big fan of the British Rock Invasion. He loved all the songs and
groups like the Stones, Animals, Kinks, The Who, Zombies, Dave Clark Five, etc.
Then the sixties took off. Somehow
he managed to thrive and grow through it all. He had a real blast in the seventies.
Being a single guy, he would disco the nights away.
Now he is a respectable
married man living on the coast of Southern California with his sweet wife and
lovely daughter and two cats. 
Welcome, Rocky.
Please tell us a little bit about this novel.
is a story about two boys who just graduated from high school in 1968. They
know they could be drafted into the Vietnam War at any time. So their goal for
the summer is to have as much fun and adventure as they possibly can, because
who knows what’s going to happen next!
summer of 1968 was a very eventful time – a time of great changes. There was women’s
lib, civil rights, and anti-war movements going on. We had the pill and “Make
Love Not War”, and Hippies all happening at the same time. It was a great time
to be a teenager. There was the cool cars and fantastic music. It’s all in the
novel, plus many funny and romantic moments. It’s one groovy experience.
What inspired you to write this book?
A lot of the book is based
on my own personal experiences. I would tell these stories to my friends and
family. And they would urge me to write a book about it, and I finally did.
What exciting story are you working on next?
I’m doing a story about a
sixteen-year-old boy who is sent to a military academy far away from his home
and friends. It’s a coming of age story with drama, comedy, and some mystery
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I was class paper
editor in college, I started writing magazine articles. After I had two of them
go to print, I knew I had real skill as a storyteller.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s your work day
like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to
I write part time at night
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I hand write it all down
in a notebook first. Then when I am typing the novel, I edit and things to it.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an airplane
Anything additional you want to share with the
love to play tennis and go to the beach. I live on the southern coast of
California, so I can go to the beach every day.
I love meeting and corresponding with my fans.

Thanks for visiting today, Rocky!

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