The motivation for my book, "33 Days" is to bridge two separate projects that started about 12 years ago. My sister who'd been given up for adoption reappeared in my life and asked me to write her something to fill in the gaps of history for her, and tell her what it was like growing up with my mom. It was a very chaotic upbringing with lots of drugs and alcohol and mental instability. I thought of calling it "Hey Sis, Glad You Missed It' but that would have only told part of the story. The second project going on simultaneously was converting the journals I kept while on the road on tour. Slowly these two projects started to merge and I realized what I'd written for my sister was, essentially, the first chapter for my book and then the day by day journals became the rest of the book.
My influences are Kerouac, Salinger and Camus so far as authors whose body of work I love, but for my book, "33 Days" I was inspired by Jim Carroll's "Basketball Diaries, Henry Rollins' "Just Get In The Van" and Michael Azzerad's "Our Band Could Be Your Life."