Runaway Train by Lee Matthew Goldberg
Publication date: April 29th 2021
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
They told me I was an out-of-control train about to crash…
Everything changed when the police officer knocked on the door to tell me – a 16-year-old – that my older sister Kristen had died of a brain aneurysm. Cue the start of my parents neglecting me and my whole life spiraling out of control.
I decided now was the perfect time to skip town. It’s the early 90’s, Kurt Cobain runs the grunge music scene and I just experienced some serious trauma. What’s a girl supposed to do? I didn’t want to end up like Kristen, so I grabbed my bucket list, turned up my mixtape of the greatest 90’s hits and fled L.A.. The goal was to end up at Kurt Cobain’s house in Seattle, but I never could have guessed what would happen along the way.
At turns heartbreaking, inspiring, and laugh out loud funny, Runaway Train is a wild journey of a bygone era and a portrait of a one-of-a-kind teenage girl trying to find herself again the only way she knows how.
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What Inspired Me to Write My Book? Lee Matthew Goldberg
RUNAWAY TRAIN is the first Young Adult novel I’ve written. I’ve published five other novels including THE MENTOR and THE ANCESTOR that have all been thrillers, so writing Young Adult would be going out of my comfort zone. But I never want to be bored with this career. I want to challenge myself. Because I was a teenager in the 90s, I felt more comfortable writing about a teenager from that era, instead of right now. I wanted to remove cell phones, and the internet, and social media from the book and capture a time that has been forgotten.
I was into grunge music when I was a teenager so I came up with the idea of sixteen-year-old girl who runs away from home to become a singer. Because Nirvana was big at the time, it made sense for her to be a big Kurt Cobain fan and ultimately want to meet him on her journey. The book begins with her sister dying, and I was going through my father dying when I wrote it, so the novel became a way to deal with that death. So, it was a catharsis to write it, since the main character and myself were both dealing with different losses in our lives.
The research for the book was mostly watching a lot of 90s movies and listening to a lot of 90s music. I immersed myself in the era so it became as real as possible on the page. A lot I remembered, but friends were also a big help. Since the book in narrated by a girl, I needed suggestions about fashion and who her crushes would be and just how different it was to be a girl in the 90s rather than a boy. So, the book was very challenging in that way to create, but I feel like I embodied the character really and brought her to life. My publisher liked the book so much that is now will be a three-book series. I’m finishing the second right now and it will be out in Augus
Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of the novels:
THE ANCESTOR, THE MENTOR, THE DESIRE CARD and SLOW DOWN. He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the Prix du Polar.
His first YA series RUNAWAY TRAIN is forthcoming in 2021 along with a sci-fi novel ORANGE CITY.
After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his writing has also appeared in The Millions, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, LitReactor, Monkeybicycle, Fiction Writers Review, Cagibi, Necessary Fiction, the anthology Dirty Boulevard, The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, The New Plains Review, Underwood Press and others. He is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Fringe, dedicated to publishing fiction that’s outside-of-the-box.
His pilots and screenplays have been finalists in Script Pipeline, Book Pipeline, Stage 32, We Screenplay, the New York Screenplay, Screencraft, and the Hollywood Screenplay contests. He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series and lives in New York City. Follow him at LeeMatthewGoldberg.com
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