To celebrate the release of Undertow, an anthology of sexy summer stories, I thought I’d share a little about my contribution, The Break.
I read that some authors write to a soundtrack of their work. Playing a particular song over and over as they let the words flow. I don’t work like that. I’d like to, I love listening to music, but find that the songs influence my mood too much. It can be distracting for me while I write.
When I’m in the car, at work or any other place that I’m not writing and able to listen to music, I do. Half the time I’m daydreaming about characters. The other half I’m listening to the lyrics to see if they fit with any of my feelings or thoughts for my stories.
Below are three songs that I feel bring The Break to life. They aren’t a playlist, they are just songs that provide a musical backdrop to my words.
I hope you enjoy listening to them!!
1. Seafret – Oceans
The Break came to me in a bit of a whirlwind. I sat down with my notebook and started to scribble. Almost as soon as I had the title in my head and the outline of the story, I heard this first song play for the first time on the radio. I had to pull over to listen and then furiously scrabble to note down the name and look it up later.
This song is my perfect choice for The Break. It is beautiful.
2. Kelly Clarkson – Heartbeat Song
This next choice wasn’t mine. I’d heard the song, but due to it’s upbeat nature I hadn’t really listened to the lyrics. My editor told me that this is perfect for The Break. I didn’t believe her until I listened. I’m learning fast that she’s right about everything!
Although this wouldn’t have been on my list, now, it’s my anthem for the story. More so than my own choice.
3. Sam Smith – Latch
Finally, I love Sam Smith. I was on holiday when his album released and had it playing on loop for a week. Needless to say, his songs will be appearing on other song lists for my future work. I was torn between a few songs to round off my mini song list, but this one edged in. Again, it’s beautiful and holds buckets of meaning when I think of my characters and the lyrics.
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A little tease from The Break.
When Victoria Abbott makes the hard journey back to her quaint, seaside hometown in Wales, she’s unprepared for the guilt that claws at her. At the same time, she’s instantly calmed by being on the sands where she spent time as a child. Her self-imposed rules never before gave her a shot at true happiness and she’s not sure if she can face a second chance. But when she walks into Aeron Morgan’s life, all that changes.
Aeron Morgan has all he wants from life. A financially successful business and the house of his dreams sitting on the cliff overlooking Oxwich bay. Until Victoria Abbott walks into sight. Not content with a one night stand, he wants Victoria to accept him and his darkest desires, forcing her to become the woman he knows is under her suit of armor. With her independence on the line Victoria grapples with choosing her dreams over what she’s worked so hard for all her life.