Good morning, Adam and welcome to My Book Addiction and More!

MBA&M: Please give our readers some insight into the mind and life of Adam Sydney?
ADAM: I’d be glad to, and thank you so much for this opportunity. I’m honored to be here on My Book Addiction and More.
I’ll start with some insight into my life, as that’s a bit easier for me to answer. I’ve trained and worked as a screenwriter and development executive for television and film for 15 years. Although I have always enjoyed working with other writers and helping develop their work — which is basically what I do now as a college instructor– my own work had always seemed a bit flat. I worked and worked at it for years, at the university level and also on my own, but I could never go from okay to great– a jump that everyone has to make in order to break into Hollywood.
When things looked as if they couldn’t get any worse about six years ago, I was so enraged by the fact I’d been doing what everyone had told me to do and yet still wasn’t getting anywhere that I decided to write a screenplay that broke most of the rules. A huge rule I broke: no outline. I just started writing. And for the first time ever, my work wasn’t mediocre! (Not sure I’d recommend this to everyone, though.)
After another one of these experimental screenplays, I decided to just write a novel. Not think about it, not plan it– just write it. Sounds pretty fishy, I know, but the result was “My Heart is a Drummer,” and I was shocked to find that almost all of my writing friends and acquaintances liked it or loved it. I’d never had that kind of reaction to my work before, so I thought I would stick with it. Which leads us to my present life: two novels published by my company and one more on the way.
Reading over this, I think I actually gave readers some insight into my mind, too! In my case: less deliberate writing and more subconscious creation leads to fresher, more unexpected work.
MBA&M: What was the inspiration behind “My Heart Is a Drummer”?
ADAM: I’d read “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh” by Michael Chabon on a plane trip in December of 2008, and at the end of that particular edition, he spoke about how he’d written the novel, which had been his first, if memory serves me. I think he talked about having written it in his parents’ basement or something. And I thought to myself– is that all there is to creating such an engaging book?! Maybe I should give it a shot. After all, at the time, I was writing these interesting, but commercially impossible scripts, and I realized that the literary world was a little more forgiving of deviations from the template.
I’d actually been on a plane back to Tucson, where I live, when I had all of these epiphanies. And the final one took place on that plane, too, if I remember correctly. As a screenwriter, I was trained that one of the most critical elements for a project’s success is a strong concept, and the strongest concept includes a solid hook– an element that makes the story unique and memorable. Out of nowhere, a logline (concept) popped into my head: what if a guy falls in love with everyone he sees and never falls out of love with any of them? “My Heart is a Drummer” was born.
MBA&M: Why write this genre?
ADAM: Well, it’s probably not for the money, I’m thinking! But I guess I’m writing what I know. I typically read mostly literary fiction of the 19th through 21st centuries, as I especially appreciate its emphasis on character. It’s no surprise, then, that character is at the heart of everything that happens in this novel. In fact, each chapter is devoted to the POV of a different person who interacts with the main character over the course of a week in December– and each one is a heck of a lot different from everyone else, as is the relationship they develop with the main character. That’s the most fun to read for me, and it turns out, the most fun to write, too.
MBA&M: What do you hope readers gain by reading “My Heart Is a Drummer”?
ADAM: My primary hope is that readers enjoy the experience, but I suppose that’s every writer’s primary hope. Perhaps I also hope that they’ll take away a new perspective on love and the many ways it manifests in us. While it’s true that every love is a different love, there are so many parallels between romantic love and the love we feel for friends and family and occasionally even a stranger, in the right situation, which I don’t think is explored much in fiction. An ultimate question the book poses is, “Is love ultimately a selfish experience?” If you think about it, the answer to this question could really change the core of our society and culture in some pretty significant ways.
MBA&M: Where do you see the future of publishing for authors? E-books or print?
ADAM: I’m woefully ignorant about the subject. I don’t even have an e-book reader, so I can’t provide my personal take. It’s clear that the sale of novels delivered electronically is in a growth pattern right now, and I can’t imagine why it won’t represent a significant portion of the industry. But I also think that people like to hold and own and collect physical books, so if I had to say, I’d guess the future will somehow retain both forms of publication.
MBA&M: Give our readers some insight into the research required to write “My Heart Is a Drummer”?
ADAM: Yikes. I did practically no research. Is that very, very wrong of me? I set the story in Montclair, New Jersey, a place I’ve never been to before (couldn’t tell you why I chose it), so I did look at a few websites about the city. But I didn’t want the book to be mired down in lots of factual details about Montclair, so I didn’t look too closely at anything. I probably did more research to ensure that no one had written a book on the same subject and that no one had used the title before. Of course, a year after I finished the book, a band called ‘Allo, Darlin’ released a song titled “My Heart is a Drummer,” so there goes my top results on Google!
MBA&M: What is next for you and your writing?
ADAM: After finishing “My Heart is a Drummer” and my second novel, “Yolanda Polanski and the Bus to Sheboygan,” I got the urge to write something more experimental, so I’m busy trying to revise my third novel, “Something’s Wrong,” right now. It’s actually almost impossible to categorize; I guess I could say it’s an experimental horror semi-narrative treatise on existence, but then I might scare away the already small audience open to reading things like that. So maybe I’ll just say that it’s supposed to be disturbing and scary and thought-provoking. I could only get three of my writer friends to read it; two said I was a genius and one couldn’t get through the first third before she threw it down in disgust. But controversy can be fun, sometimes, right? I’ve never received a death threat before, for instance.
MBA&M: If you could change anything about yourself what would it be and why?
ADAM: I’m a major whiner; I think that would be in my cross hairs. And see? I’m whining about being a whiner right now! Proof positive. I think the reason why I’d like to change that, if I could, would be because it seems fundamentally ungrateful, and I do feel grateful for all of the advantages and lucky breaks I’ve had in my life, so far. It’s good to be self-aware, just keep it to yourself once in a while, you know?
MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where they can purchase “My Heart Is a Drummer”?
ADAM: I have really tried to get myself and my books out there, so a few places readers can find me:
my publishing company, Newcraft Press, at
my company’s Facebook presence at
“My Heart is a Drummer,” in softcover ($14.99), and EPUB and MOBI ebooks (only $2.99), is available directly from the printers at, and also at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the Apple ibook store. Apparently, it’s also listed on a host of other online retail outlets.
Adam, do you have anything you would like to add today?
ADAM: This has been great! Thanks again so much for the chance to join you and your readers. I would love to hear from anyone who reads my work, so please feel free to get in touch on my blog or website. The success of my foray into publishing is really going to depend on word-of-mouth, so if readers like my work, I hope they’ll let their friends know, and if not, they’ll let me know. I’m one of those people who believes that writing is an ever-evolving process, so input is always most appreciated.
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit with us and our readers today!
Donald Hanak’s heart has room for everyone. Lately, though, he’s been wondering if this isn’t just about the worst affliction a person could be born with. In fact, Donald’s life is gently tearing him apart, even as it forces his friends, lovers, and those who take advantage of him to reevealuate their understanding of humanity. Now, he’s even questioning the validity of love itself– and much more is at stake than just his

relationships. Donald’s very life is threatened by the verdict.
 Available directly from the printers at, and also at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the Apple ibook store. Apparently, it’s also listed on a host of other online retail outlets.
And here’s a short bio:ADAM SYDNEY
Adam trained as a screenwriter at The University of London and The American Film Institute, and has worked in the film industry off and on for fifteen years. After completing several screenplays, he segued into literary fiction with his first novel, My Heart Is a Drummer, written in 2009. The following year, he completed his second book, Yolanda Polanski and the Bus to Sheboygan. In 2011, he started work on an experimental horror novel, Something’s Wrong, which will be published by Newcraft Press soon.
Adam lives in Tucson, Arizona, where he teaches screenwriting and other forms of writing for media at the college level.



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  1. A very interesting interview and concept for a novel. How did you choose the title of the book?

    I agree that the future will continue to see a need for print and electronic books. I have two basic ereaders (great for travel) and numerous bookcases (fully loaded).

    I hope you have continued success!

    1. Thanks so much for leaving a comment, Karen. I'm so glad you enjoyed the interview.

      I believe that there was a line from a poet that stuck in my head that was quoted in a movie I saw a few years ago. The movie was called Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont Hotel. I don't know if it was exactly what the title of my book is or not, but the concept seemed especially appropriate for my story when I'd finally written it. It was this idea that a person's heart was basically banging out the beats in his life. Of course, there are the beats you make on a drum, and story beats, so I guess it might work on that level, too.

      A couple of years after I'd written (and named) my novel, a British band wrote a song with the same title, so now, they show up when you google "my heart is a drummer," rather than my book. Oh, well!


    2. Hi Karen, You are one of the winners of a free ecopy of my book! Please feel free to get in touch with me at and let me know what format you'd like it in, and I'll send it right off.

      Thanks so much for the interest!


  2. This book sounds intriguing. I have not read anything like it before. Good luck to Adam on it's success. 🙂

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