Actor/musician Rick Springfield adds novelist to his resume

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- He's the man behind the 80's megahit single "Jessie's Girl." He set hearts aflutter as Dr. Noah Drake on "General Hospital." Now musician and actor Rick Springfield is adding something new to his resume -- novelist.

In town for a book-signing, Springfield stopped by 3TV Friday morning to chat with Kaley O'Kelley and Javier Soto.

"Magnificent Vibration" is the story of a 32-year-old man working his way through a personal crisis who embarks on a spiritual quest after making an unexpected connection with God -- via cell phone.

"God apparently has a bit of an attitude and is kind of upset about the way we're handling the planet and messing up his beautiful planet," Springfield explained. "It just south from there. It's an extreme novel. It's got a lot of twists and turns in it."

New York Times best-selling author Mitch Albom describes is as "a rollicking romp of a book."

"Captivating, poignant, and hilarious ..." is how Booklist describes it.

A Grammy Award-winning pop icon, Springfield already was an author, having penned a memoir, "Late, Late at Night," in 2010. "Magnificent Vibration," however, is his first foray into fiction, and it's already a New York Times best-seller.

Springfield said he wrote the book the same way he writes songs.

"You just start with the first line and then just go and see where it goes," he explained. "It started out with a conversation with God. I always wanted to have a conversation with God and say, 'What the heck is up with the avocado see? Why is it so big?'"

"It's a dark humor," he continued. "It's definitely dark humor."

That dark humor is part of who the star is.

Springfield was candid about his battle with his depression in his memoir. He said channeling that darkness, creating with it, helps him find a positive side to what many see as negative.

"It has its upside, believe it or not," he said.

"Magnificent Vibration" is part of that upside.

Springfield, who has been writing and performing music for more than four decades, is signing copies of his new book at Changing Hands in Tempe at 8 p.m.