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Rick Springfield Announces First Novel

Rick Springfield
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The "Jessie's Girl" singer will pen "Magnificent Vibration," about a man who speaks to God through a 1-800 number.

Rick Springfield is writing of a novel. Of course he is. 
 
The "Jessie's Girl" singer and former General Hospital star will release Magnificent Vibration in May 2014, publisher Simon & Schuster announced. 
 
No, it has nothing to do with the Beach Boys. 
 
It's the story of a man who gets "a 1-800 phone connection to God via an inscription in a mysterious self-help book."
 
Springfield said in a release announcing the project that "The only good grades I ever got in school … were for creative writing … but then my career took a different path." 
 
Writing the book came easily to him. "I’m still not quite sure where it came from, but once I got going, it practically wrote itself."
 
This is Springfield's second book -- after his 2010 memoir, Late, Late at Night -- but his first novel.
 
Reflecting the enduring pull of his stardom, the book made an appearance on The New York Times best-seller list and received generally warm reviews.
 
The 63-year-old former teen idol is having a bit of a career renaissance of late. He was a featured player -- and, really, the best and most captivating interview -- in Dave Grohl's recent documentary on the famed Sound City recording studio. 
 
He has also done guest turns on Californication and Hawaii Five-O
 
Over the course of his musical careers, Springfield has had seventeen top-40 hits and sold more than 25 million records. 
 
Springfield was repped by David Patterson (Foundry Literary + Media) and Dana Borowitz (UTA) on the deal. Terms were not announced.