Guest blogger Christopher
Herz is a graduate of the
creative writing program at San Francisco State University and a regular
contributor to the Huffington Post, where he writes about art and culture. His
third novel, Hollywood Forever, came out this week.
If the entire country is constantly connected through social
media, what happens when we are face-to-face with the one we love and forced to
be real? In my new book, Hollywood
Forever, two lovers must find time to be alone away from the self-imposed
spotlight that social media shines on everything.
When Harold Hall, a native of Hollywood who was born with
the fame-seeking gene, meets Eliah Harper, perhaps the only person left without
a Facebook page, they quickly find that they are soul mates. But when fame,
success, and the allure of being "liked" by everyone come into play, love may
not be enough.
In the middle of their love story, Harold is approached by a
new production company that's looking for someone to play a role in a new web-based show that taps into the country's desire to break away from old traditions. To
land the role, Harold must undergo reconstructive facial surgery to fit with an
image that viewers will buy into. Eliah has already fallen in love with the
person Harold is—but Harold wants to take the leap and become the person he
believes he is destined to be.
I have been working on Hollywood
Forever, my third published book, since the early 2000s, and the story has
evolved along with our obsession with social media and the images we create of
ourselves to show the rest of the world.
This book is also a love letter to Hollywood itself—not the
city you see from tour buses or on postcards, but the one that exists through
slow strolls and hidden gems that provide shelter away from the glow of neon