On the dawn of his 40th birthday, Ben Holbrook finds his comfortable, suburban life in a rut. He’s struggling to juggle his responsibilities as a husband, a stay-at-home father, and a part-time video producer. He feels like he isn’t doing any of them very well, and he certainly isn’t having any fun, with his beloved guitars gathering dust in the garage.
But an unexpected gift leads to a rekindling of Ben’s true passion for 1980s heavy metal. Before he even knows what has truly happened, he finds himself starting a cover band with his geeky and outspoken older brother, his loyal and gregarious best friend, and a new acquaintance with a mysterious past and unfathomable talent.
Ben’s humdrum existence explodes into a chaotic, wild ride as he balances his daytime familial obligations with his thrilling rediscovered life as an axe-slinger. He’s got his daughter’s toddler gymnastics classes, his son’s basketball games…and even more to worry about with a 17 year old daughter with plenty of musical talent and ambitions of her own. Meanwhile, Ben still has to ferry the kids to school and get dinner on the table…and he certainly knows the dreaded lawn isn’t going to mow itself.
Ben’s story is about life and love, family and friends, passion and responsibilities, and figuring out what really matters.
C.C. McCandless has a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and a master’s degree from the University of New Orleans. He has written several independent film screenplays and “I Wanna Rock” is his first novel. He was born and raised in Massachusetts and now lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with his wife and two children. He is a terrible guitar player.