I'm excited to announce that my romantic comedy novel (OK, call it chick lit if you want, I'm not bothered) is now available on Amazon Kindle! Woot! Paperback coming soon, I swear. The backstory on this novel is that it started out as a screenplay in my UCLA screenwriting course a few years ago. It went through many drafts as a screenplay and I decided to "novelize" it just to give myself more leverage with it down the road. I still intend to pursue either optioning the screenplay or simply finding producers interested in helping me make this quirky indie story a reality on silver screens (Netflix or Amazon screens would be OK too;). I hope you enjoy!
Tess Bloom is a successful perfumer living her dream in Paris. But now she has a big secret, one that could ruin her reputation and her business: she has lost her sense of smell.
When her estranged mother dies, Tess retreats to her Ohio hometown to escape the pressure in Paris and settle her mother’s estate. That’s when she meets Jude McCallister, the frustratingly stubborn and attractive woodworker who has built an off-the-grid eco-treehouse on her mother’s property. Tess wants him gone, but he’s determined to stay.
Sparks fly as Tess and Jude battle over the property. Will Tess successfully evict the squatter, or will she allow him to take residence on her property...and in her heart?
So there's been a lot of talk about "booktracks" or soundtracks for books over the past few years. When I first heard about it, which wasn't long ago, I have to admit, I got super excited because I write to music anyway, so I figured, who wouldn't want to read to music too? Just maybe?
The uber-successful sci-fi writer Hugh Howey discusses it on his blog here. I'm not going to get that technical because for my purposes at the moment, I'm going to more loosely interpret the idea of a booktrack and just let you know the music that I listened to the most while writing the first book in the Grace Steele Mystery Series -- Grace Steele: Death in the Pine Forest.
Now, to be fair and honest, I wrote Death in the Pine Forest over a longer period than I hope - or intend - to take with any of other books yet to come in this series. So I probably listened to a few more artists than just these four. But suffice it to say, I really feel that these resonated the most with Grace and they might have been her choices. So here we go:
I have been in love with Amy Lee's voice since I first heard it about ten years ago. Their tracks never get old for me and I think I have each and every one of them on my iTunes. Plus a whole bunch of live recordings and other stuff. Her music makes me feel fearless and romantic beyond any reasonable degree.
You're going to start to see a pattern here. The lead singer for Muse is sort of like a male Amy Lee. Except he, and the rest of the band, are from southwest England. Teignmouth, Devon, to be exact. The trio create an unusual alchemy of heavy metal, English pop, and string instrumentals that result in an intense and soaring listening experience, in my humble opinion, of course. Some tracks I like more than others. In fact, I prefer the more melodic, slower tunes such as Sing for Absolution and Falling Away With You on the Absolution album. But there's something for everybody, literally, on their eight studio albums.
Lana Del Ray and Lily Allen
Bringing up the rear but no less important have been Miss Del Ray and the inimitable Miss Allen, both of whom I love to no end. And what do they have in common? Pretty much nothing other than they were both able to get me in just the right kind of salty mood to be writing about Grace and all her unspoken passions, and her friends of course. My favorite albums for them are respectfully, Born to Die and It's Not Me, It's You.
Happy listening and reading!