Inspiration comes from many places...
I've mentioned before (and every month in my newsletter) that music inspires me and helps me write. I always get caught off guard by how amazing one line can be or how a songwriter can capture a myriad of feelings in just a few minutes. I mean, it takes me a whole book to do that!
In Story of Us, I introduce a character named Damon Sutter. He's a guitar playing singer who performs at On Dec thanks to Sophia finding him through Spotify. This character is just the tip of the iceberg for a story I hope to one day create. I want to write a story that encapsulates how powerful music and lyrics can be. Or at least, are to me. I feel like love songs are the ultimate romance story.
I'm going to be offering a little taste of Damon and Taylor-- a friend of Sophia, Megan (Let it Be Me), and Stella's (Never Expected You) in my April newsletter. It'll be like an extended epilogue to Story of Us, which is out March 18th. I'm so excited about this book, these characters, and I hope that I can make you guys feel the way so many songs make me feel. Above is a little excerpt from Taylor and Damon's very short story.
Just in time for Valentine's Day
Last year, I decided I'd write a little story just for myself. The reason it was just for me was because I didn't want much of a conflict. It was one of those days where everything on social media seemed utterly depressing and I wanted a story that was non-stop happiness. You know what they say: write the story you want to read.
This is how Ellie and Cooper came to be. I started with a Christmas story because I kinda love Christmas. It was a sweet, old-friends reunited story with a dash of the ever popular brother's best friend trope. I described it to friends as cheesy goodness.
I decided shortly thereafter that I can't be the only person who, every once in a while, wants just the sweet stuff. I put Some Kind of Christmas in my newsletter as a free offering. Following that, I committed myself to creating three more Ellie and Cooper stories so that readers could follow their sweet journey.
I know conflicts exist and I could have made this a full novel, deepening the issues, really pulling at emotional strings. But it wasn't what I wanted. I wanted a sweet, feel-good journey that highlighted the triumphs of love and friendship and happily ever after.
Today, I'm very excited to share with you, all four stories in one sweet spot.