S.G. Browne

I’m Your Boogie Man

I’m not one of those cool, edgy writers you see all over the place. I don’t listen to Nine Inch Nails or Metallica and I didn’t go through a Goth phase in high school or take up smoking. And I don’t dress all in black and wear Doc Martens to show my rebellious side. Hell, I own the soundtracks to Saturday Night Fever and Grease and I don’t think any party mix is complete without “Get Down Tonight” by KC & the Sunshine Band.

So instead of Metallica, you’re more likely to find me listening to The Beatles or Weezer. In high school I went through a preppy phase and wore button-fly 501s and Izod shirts and had three pair of Sperry Topsiders. My favorite band was Night Ranger and I had a haircut like Rick Springfield. And the closest I get now to being rebellious is listening to old Green Day or not coming to a full stop at a STOP sign.

Rather than black jeans and leather, I’m most comfortable in board shorts and T-shirts. I wear classic Ray Ban Wayfarers. And I own half a dozen Hawaiian shirts. If I could I would go barefoot all of the time. When I do wear shoes, I like my Chuck Taylors. And whereas most writers drink scotch or whiskey, I can’t stand the stuff. Chalk it up to a couple of bad experiences in high school with Chivas Regal and Jack Daniels. Give me a Guinness or a mojito, or any rum drink, and I’m good to go.

Oh, and that thing about writers and coffee? I never developed the habit. Sure, I’ll have an occasional cappuccino or mocha but never just a cup of straight coffee. I was 44 years old before I lost my virginity to Starbucks and Peet’s. And that was only because I was doing research for my next novel, Lucky Bastard.

So that’s me in a nutshell. Or in a beach chair with a cold Corona and some colorful board shorts. Now if you’ll excuse me, “I’m Your Boogie Man” by KC & the Sunshine Band is rocking on my iTunes.

Filed under: The Writing Life — S.G. Browne @ 8:15 am


  1. Hiya Scott,

    Well my goodness aren’t you self aware!! I can say that from observance (I did work in a bookstore after all) that you are indeed the real deal, by this I mean you are NOT a zombie in a great meatsuit, nor are you a brooding (although we all have bad days) latent ‘black is my favorite non-color’ kinda guy. You are a straight forward, talented, honest, accessible human….gosh that sounds so damning. Sorry.


    Comment by Laura — January 13, 2012 @ 9:19 am

  2. You are a rebel in your own way, the way all of your friends and fans love. They just might not ask you to DJ a party, but who wants to do that anyways.

    Comment by Suzanne — January 13, 2012 @ 9:52 am

  3. Thanks for the comments, Laura and Suzanne. This was a fun post to write that started off from a Facebook status and Twitter post I made yesterday. Then someone told me I should listen to the Rob Zombie version of “I’m Your Boogie Man” and someone else mentioned something about Nine Inch Nails and thus was born this post. Thanks for reading!

    Comment by admin — January 13, 2012 @ 3:19 pm

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