Metalhead Marty in Love by Jen Conley, short story book cover artwork

“Metalhead Marty in Love” by Jen Conley

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Marty Taylor loved metal music more than anything in the world, and then he met Megan Tolly. She was more than a groupie, she was his muse and everything he ever wanted. But he’ll soon learn someone else wants her to, and now he just might lose it all.


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About the Author
I'm born and raised in New Jersey, and I still live in Jersey. I'm from Ocean County, which is sometimes considered "central" Jersey and sometimes considered "south" Jersey--basically it's not "north" Jersey and it's not cool. Most of my stories take place in Ocean County, along the edge of the Pine Barrens, a large swath of protected forest of scrub pines and sandy soil. My characters are blue-collar and they live tough lives, sometimes very violent lives, but I like to believe my people are good, despite it all. Being from Jersey, and from "Springsteenland," I often get asked about how much he influenced my writing. Truthfully, as a kid and teenager, I wasn't a big Springsteen fan because he was on the radio all the time and I found his lyrics depressing. Who wanted to grow up and end up in their own version of “Glory Days”? Now I'm a big fan of Springsteen, and yes, it's amazing how much his music, lyrics, and stories did influence me, especially since I spent most of my teenage years listening to anything but the Boss.
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