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Author Q&A with Leon Acord | SUB-LEBRITY Book Tour | @GoddessFish Promotions Presents Memoir

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for SUB-LEBRITY by Leon Acord. It stops at Readeropolis with an author intervi...

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for SUB-LEBRITY by Leon Acord. It stops at Readeropolis with an author interview. The memoir is available now from Independent/Larilee Entertainment.

Acord will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found by clicking the banner below:

by Leon Acord


GENRE:   Memoir



A droll, oddly inspirational memoir from the actor Breitbart once called "a gay leftist activist," SUB-LEBRITY by Leon Acord (Old Dogs & New Tricks) is an honest, sometimes bitchy but always sincere story about growing up (very) gay in rural Indiana, achieving acting success outside the closet, and generating headlines with his very-public smackdown with Trump-loving Susan Olsen (Cindy, The Brady Bunch)



I’d never listened to “Two Chicks Talkin’ Politics” before.  But some friends had, and they urged me to reconsider.  Sheena was a big-hearted liberal, but she was also soft-spoken and new age-y.  Susan [Olsen] was a loud, rabid Trump fanatic.  I was walking into a trap, they warned.

I checked out Cindy’s – I mean, Susan’s – Facebook page.  Whoa.

While I felt confident I could hold my own, I shared my concerns with Sheena.  She promised she would moderate and not allow the discussion to de-evolve into a shouting match.  While it had at times been difficult to continue the show with Susan, she said, she had lots of practice dealing with her good friend.  Nonetheless, Sheena told me she expected me to “play nice.”

Before the show, I crammed on the facts like a pre-law student studying for the bar exam.

I arrived at the LA Talk Radio studios prepared and calm.  Sheena greeted me in the lobby.  She warned me Susan invited a friend – a fellow Trump fanatic – to appear on the show opposite me for “balance.”  Uh oh.  Instead of interviewing me about my thoughts on politics, they clearly wanted me to debate politics.

I suddenly felt like Rosie O’Donnell on her last day at The View.

Sheena walked me into the booth and introduced me to Susan’s friend.  We waited for Susan, who was dangerously close to being late.

Susan eventually rushed into the booth in a flurry, a fountain of apologies. Migraines had caused her to oversleep, she said – never mind that it was just shy of 5 p.m.  She didn’t hear her alarm because she’d been sleeping in a metal helmet that Larry King’s wife had given her.  Mrs. King guaranteed sleeping in the helmet would rid her of headaches, Susan explained – but it just wasn’t working!

As the “On Air” light switched on, I thought to myself, Cindy Brady is nuts.


AUTHOR Interview:

How did you come up with the title of your book?

When my web series Old Dogs & New Tricks [now on Amazon Prime] first debuted, a snarky blogger reviewed it. He loved the show, but clearly thought I was a megalomaniac for writing, producing and acting in it. He called me a “sub-lebrity.” It was clearly not intended as a compliment. But because I was a “no-lebrity,” I took it as one! When I decided to write this book, it was a toss-up between SUB-LEBRITY, Confessions of a Rapidly Aging Former Pretty Boy, or – a line from a Neil Simon play – The Oldest Goddamned Newcomer in Show Business. I opted for the shorter title, since being a marginally known actor was really the thesis of the book anyway.

Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image?

The general concept was mine. Since SUB-LEBRITY is about a not-quite famous gay actor, I wanted to play with the idea of me peeking out over big movie-star sunglasses, only the glasses are rainbow-colored. I explained my nebulous idea to photographer Dexter Brown, and then to my niece Charlotte Thompson, who’s a talented graphic artist. They gave me a cover that looks like a million bucks! But it cost considerably less than that! I’m extremely grateful to them both.

We shot it just weeks before Los Angeles shut down for COVID. Man, it was just February 2020, but it already feels like years ago.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

Well, I love my parents. But I have new-found respect, now that I’ve really examined what a nightmare I was during my senior year of high school. They really were the perfect parents for someone like me! They never controlled what I read, or what I watched on TV. They let me develop at my own pace. But even more than that. They really guarded us, protected us. I never had any idea they ever had any money troubles. They did, a couple of times, but they always provided a very secure, stable home life. I’d never even seen my dad drink until I was well into my 20s. It was only later, as an adult, when friends would tell me about their awful childhoods, that I began to realize I’m a terribly lucky guy.

If you could change ONE thing about your memoir, what would it be? Why?

Well, I wish I could’ve ended it with “I then signed a six-figure development deal with Netflix, and Laurence and I lived happily ever after.” But alas, I’m still a sub-lebrity!

What other books are similar to your own? What makes them alike?

I’ve joked that, with affairs and flops and feuds, mine is like any other Hollywood memoir, except that I’m not famous. My challenge was, how to make a Hollywood memoir interesting when its author is an unknown? Well, by making it entertaining and fun, yes, by winking at the reader and being in on the joke – but also by being well-written and thought-provoking.

My neighbor gave me a wonderful compliment. She told me recently, “As I was reading it, I kept forgetting you that aren’t famous!”  Mission accomplished!

What's the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?

Nothing strange online, though I did have to look up the plots of a couple of plays I did that I couldn’t remember in detail. Occasionally I did have to ask relatives or theatrical colleagues to verify memories that I wasn’t sure of.  “Were you driving the car or someone else?” “Was it mono that kept Jeffrey from doing The Tonight Show?” Things like that.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

You e are links to those and more at my website
 can follow me on Facebook (LeonAcordActor), Twitter (@Sub_lebrityLeon) and Instagram (LeonAcord).

What can we expect from you in the future?

Since COVID has shuttered show business for the duration, I’m focusing more on writing and publishing these days. I’m going to publish Jeffrey Hartgraves’ play Carved in Stone, then an Old Dogs & New Tricks episode guide in celebration of the show’s tenth anniversary. Then I might write a series of novels based on ODNT, and I’m considering another, shorter memoir in a totally different vein, about the bizarre year since I finished writing SUB-LEBRITY.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

Please, post a little review on Amazon, Good Reads. Even if it’s not a rave! Trust me, I can take it! Post about it on your social media! Tell your friends. Like any grass-roots effort, nothing beats word of mouth!

Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?

Just start, even if it’s just a paragraph a day. Then don’t let a day go by without doing something, however big or small, to bring yourself closer to your goals.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Leon Acord is an award-winning actor and writer who has appeared in over 35 films you've never seen and 30 plays you've never heard of. Possible exceptions include the digital TV series Old Dogs & New Tricks on Amazon Prime Video (which he created, wrote & co-produced), and the stage hit Carved in Stone (in which he played Quentin Crisp in both SF and LA productions). His memoir, SUB-LEBRITY: The Queer Life of a Show-Biz Footnote, is now available in paperback & e-book on Amazon. He wrote his one-man show Last Sunday in June (1996) and co-authored the 2014 play Setting the Record Gay. He was a "Take Five" columnist for Back Stage West throughout 2009 and a former contributor to Huffington Post. He has also written for San Francisco Examiner and the journal Human Prospect. He currently lives in West LA with husband Laurence Whiting & their cat Toby.

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Old Dogs & New Tricks website:



Leon Acord will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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  1. Thank you, Readeropolis, for such a fun interview, and for helping me spread the word!

  2. Thank you so much for taking time to bring to our attention another great read.   I appreciate it and thank you also for the giveaway. 

  3. Sounds like a wonderful book I'll enjoy reading!

  4. I love the story of how you titled the book!

    1. Thanks, Janice! I always have to be very careful in interviews to enunciate the "SUB" so it doesn't sound like celebrity. I know what I am, and what I'm not! ;-)

  5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and, if so, how do you overcome it?


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