Kristin Casey is a recovered alcoholic and addict who’s rigorously inventoried her every resentment and relinquished ninety percent of them. She’s survived clinical depression, numerous addictions, the panhandle of Texas, and seventeen years of Catholicism.
Her first book Rock Monster: My Life with Joe Walsh, was released by Rare Bird Books in March 2018. It documents a tumultuous six-year relationship with rock legend and Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, their drug-fueled train-wreck breakup, and her ensuing suicidal spiral.
Her writing has appeared in The Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, The Nervous Breakdown, From The Asylum, $pread, The Fix, and elsewhere. She writes about addiction, dependency, intimacy, and sexuality with particular expertise in areas of the commercial sex industry. Residing in Austin, Texas, she does her part to keep it weird working in the field of sex therapy as an intimacy coach and IPSA trained Surrogate Partner.
Far from bitter or self-pitying, Rock Monster is a grippingly honest account of one woman’s life-changing experience in a relationship with guitar legend Joe Walsh. At once envious, glamorous, debauched and disturbing, it’s her journey from life in the fast lane to redemption and sobriety.
Joe is a forty-year-old rock-and-roll legend, famed guitarist and former Eagles member. Kristin is a stripper half his age, in college to be a screenwriter. Recently off meth, she is studious and lonely. Joe is a longtime addict, newly single and spiraling.
She calls him her soul mate; he calls her his family. Together they are a fairytale gone awry with celebrity friends, torrid affairs, piles of cocaine, and bondage games on the side. Sam Kinison dies; Stevie Nicks might be high; Ringo brings peace, love, and magic. There’s a marriage proposal on crack (two, to be exact) and hefty dose of every addiction known to man.
The luckiest girl alive is a train going off the rails. “Pleasure seeking and pain management look a lot alike to outsiders,” says Kristin. “Insiders too, for the record.”
Rock Monster is one insider’s spellbinding story. Pulling no punches, she shares personal details with self-awareness, humor, and affection. Sharply written, bold and incisive, it’s the worldly-wise tome only an ex-addict, ex-stripper, and ex-rock-chick could give us.
Rock Monster gives an unflinchingly honest, crisply detailed look into Casey’s years as a young stripper dating a famous rock star. It’s everything you ever wondered about that life and more. Her writing is so intimate and revealing that you almost feel guilty, as if you’re reading somebody’s diary. Her spot-on descriptions of the yearnings, the urge to please, her own feelings of inadequacy as well as the insidious slide into drug addiction amidst the glamorous touring life makes this a must read.
Told with an aching straightforward vulnerability, peppered with massive superstars and seedy hangers-on, this addictive spiral catapults you into what life with an unpredictable rock god is really like. Hooked on each other, the booze fueled muse and her man, Joe Walsh, take “monstering” to a harrowing level. The writing is so good it feels like spending a chatty couple of weeks with your wildest best friend, spilling oh so many scintillating secrets.
I knew I was gonna love this book the moment I got to the line, ‘Can we please fuck normally now?’ And that was within the first dozen or so pages. I mean, seriously, what more do you want from a whirlwind romance between a stripper and a rock star? You want drugs, too? Well you’re in luck, fancypants. It’s like they raided Hunter S. Thompson’s personal stash, and then fucked like demons. If this isn’t what constitutes as great literature, then I give up. If nothing else, read this book and the next time ‘Life’s Been Good’ comes on the radio you [will] smile knowingly to everyone around you and say, ‘You guys have no idea.’
No vantage point is better than the one on the inside. Kristin Casey was on the front lines of one of rock’s most decadent eras. She tells her story with skill and detail that will stay with the reader a very long time.
Kristin Casey’s moving, honest, and powerful story takes us into a world we’ve all dreamed of being inside—the excitement of life with a famous rockstar, the drugs, the sex, and the romance —and pulls back the curtain to reveal what actually happens backstage.
This ain’t no fanboy account, it’s the genuine lived experience of Walsh’s most intimate relationship. And while you’re there check out the pictures! (Walsh may be crazy, but he ain’t that crazy!)
In a word...
Rock Monster is about dependency, and not just on cocaine & alcohol but on romantic partners, relationships, and a half-formed identity as "rock star's girlfriend."
Book 2 will cover Kristin Casey's early sobriety and struggle to forge a life that, while hardly mainstream, would be one of genuine authenticity.
Book 3 covers Kristin's work in the sexual healing arena, helping and guiding others to experience deeper levels of physical & emotional intimacy.
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I have multiple TV spec projects in development including an unscripted episodic about Sacred Intimacy, and a political drama about a former sex worker. Contact me for details.