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Beyond the Pen
Aug. 16, 2022

Midlife Crisis or Time Travel Adventure? Darby's 90 Days in the 90s with Guest Author Andy Frye

Midlife Crisis or Time Travel Adventure? Darby's 90 Days in the 90s with Guest Author Andy Frye
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In this Episode...

Join us on Beyond the Pen as we delve into the world of time travel and 90s nostalgia with Darby and author Andy Frye. Follow Darby on her journey as she returns to the mid-90s in Chicago and relives her carefree twenties. Experience the excitement of the grunge era, the rise of Nirvana, and the punk revolution. Along the way, Darby stops off in Portlandia and encounters the quirky and absurd world that is Portland in the 90s. With only 90 days to decide if she wants to stay in the past or return to the present, Darby must confront the music of her past and face the consequences of her choices. So, buckle up and join us on Beyond the Pen as we take a trip back to the 90s with Darby and Andy. You won't want to miss this journey filled with pop culture, nostalgia, and the ultimate question: What if Bill and Ted went to the 1990s?

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Introducing the Guest

Hello everyone, I'm gonna be solo today because Marcella had some family emergency go after again, but you know what? We're going to stand by her supporter, keeper in her thoughts and prayers, and just keep moving forward as usual. So today our guest is a time traveler from the nineties who loves Chicago Cubs and is a walking rock log of historic rock and roll trivia and information, or at least according to his latest time, traveling fantasy novel called 90 Days in the 90s. And he does this in a way that makes you look back and rediscover all the tremendous nostalgia in your life, just like his protagonist Darby does. But anyways, I will digress and we'll just get right into it. Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, I give you the gray liner himself, Andy Frye. Andy, welcome to this show. 

Mack, thanks for having me on it's. Good to hang out with you on a Thursday. 

Tell Us Something About You?

Oh, you know what? It's always gonna be fun. I appreciate you coming on here because you know,  one of the things that I was really interested in your book is (1) just because I'm 42 and I live the nineties and it's always nice to go back to that nostalgia sometimes. And having that idea of like, what would you do if you could go back into the nineties and just do what you wanted to do? Would you be like one of your characters, Dale, who just wants to watch all these great baseball games; all the way back to 1947, or would you like to be like someone who just wants to go back to the music or someone who actually decides to changed little things in their life? And that's something I thought was really cool, but we'll talk about that here in a bit, but right now, go ahead and introduce yourself to our listeners, and most importantly, tell us something about you that we can't find on the internet.

Well, I don't know, you know, I, I, something can't find out about meanness. Well, probably you might find out that I I'm a late bloomer- maybe a, a term. I've not been professionally writing forever. I didn't go to journalism school. I actually used to work in a cubicle, like a lot of people. And I had a good career.  I sort of developed some habits that helped me as a writer, but yeah, I mean, I used to be working stiff like anybody. You know, I still I'm not a staffer at Forbes, I write on a freelance basis, but I get to interview athletes and talk about their business ventures and sometimes just their sports. And I've gotten to interview great people like Billy Jean King, and Jenny Finch about two weeks ago. I made this little shtick for a while mostly with ESPN, but a little bit after that, just interviewing aging rock stars and talking sports with 'em and that was super fun. 

Music Therapy

You know, here's the great thing about this is that you've taken these life experiences and you've been able to bring them into your book, which is really cool because a lot of these aging rock stars have amazing stories to tell. And there's a lot of times where honestly, I really believe that if they start putting books out, that people are going to pick them up left and right. Because it is it's, I don't know, maybe more for nostalgia than anything, but other than that, it is the idea that we want to know as much about these great stories that people have experienced.

And you've done that in a way that is something that people can really, truly connect with [ Yeah] and when we start to meet the protagonist Darby, she's dealing with a lot, which has strained her mental health. She went from having everything, you know, a career on wall street, a socialite fiance, and the wealth and power that comes with it.

And then everything changes[ mm-hmm]  and she makes a bad deal and loses her career and her wealth, you know, her fiance leaves her and then to top it all off she loses a family member who she was very close to. Yeah. And now, as I said before, this through her for a loop. And instead of this driven woman who worked her entire career to have it all, we're seeing someone dealing with imposter syndrome, who believes that she is stupid, she's broken she's a little inauthentic.  So my question is what made her begin to believe she was an imposter?

Well, it's interesting cuz I just kind of dropped in lightly the, I didn't even say imposter syndrome, but I was thinking about it that, you know, one of the things is that. Yeah, so she's high flying on wall street. I'm, you know, I'm a little bit of a crypto skeptic or at least I'll jump on bandwagon and things very often. So I just thought it was kind of timely that, you know, if someone's gonna kind of, you know fail on wall street, they might do it through trade. I always wanted the, the story. I mean, I fell in love with the idea when I came up with it of time travel back to the nineties seeing shows and just kind of hanging out like they do in one of my favorite movies Dazed and Confused.

So I, I guess the roundabout way back to your question is,  she felt like a little of imposter inheriting this record store that her uncle Martin founded. The main thing is she feels bad that she lost touch with this uncle and she, you know, got busy with life and hadn't talked to him in a while and then he goes and dies and she took over his record store because they have this kind of relationship that she loved music as much as he did, even though she kind of put it on the back burner. Of course he would leave the record store to her. And then when she moves back to Chicago, it's like, I have this awesome record store, but I kind of feel like I didn't do anything to, to help build it. Why is it mine?


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Andy Frye

Author and Journalist with Forbes

Andy Frye wrote a time-traveling fantasy novel called 90 Days in the 90s. This nostalgic trip down memory lane for our protagonist, Darby. A late 40-something woman who discovers a time travel train stop under her record store and goes back to the glory days of the 1990s. But the real question is, is she rebooting her life or just reliving the past?

Andy has also written for Rolling Stone, ESPN, and other publications. Currently, he writes about sports-business for Forbes. Over his career, Andy has interviewed hundreds of athletes, rock stars, and other celebrities. Among the bands and solo artists he has interviewed are Smashing Pumpkins, Oasis, Morrissey, Jimmy Eat World, Rage Against The Machine, and Alice In Chains.