Good Morning Everyone,
Please help me give a warm welcome to author Alannah Lynne. She is an amazing romance author and is here today to talk about inspiration and the release of her latest book, Crossing Lines. I am so honored to have here with us today. Thank you very much Alannah for spending this important day here! So without further delay, please welcome Alannah Lynne:
Authors get asked a lot, “Where do you get your ideas? What’s your inspiration?”
A lot of times, writers will say they don’t know where the ideas come from, they just magically appear from the ethers. Others scan newspapers and magazines, clip out interesting stories they believe might have potential and stick them in a file folder. Then, when they’re working on a new book, they’ll put out the folder and read through the articles again, and ideas blossom to life.
But that’s not where my ideas come from. The vast majority of my ideas come from songs. I think it’s because my stories are character driven rather than plot focused. I can get lost in music, the same way I get lost in a good book. And when I’m listening to a song that I love, I see it as a movie, I feel the emotions, and it sparks a story in me.
All of my life I’ve loved music. When I was a little girl, I played “Seasons in the Sun” by Terry Jacks over and over and OVER. It’s such a sad, depressing song and I have no idea why my little seven-year-old self thought it was so great, but I did. I guess it’s because even then I tapped into the emotions of the story being told and the song made me feel.
As I look back on my life, it seems like so many defining moments have been accompanied by song. One example is when I saw heartbreak for the first time, and understood how amazing, and also how devastating, true love could be.
I was nine or ten, standing in my future-aunt’s bedroom, and she was playing Elton John’s “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.” She and my uncle had broken up earlier in the week. While I didn’t really understand all of what was happening with them, in that moment, as she stood listening to the song with tears streaming down her face, I understood heartbreak. (They got back together and married, but divorced several years later). She has no idea it’s still one of my all-time favorite songs (although I love the remake with George Michael so much better), and that every time I hear it, I’m instantly transported back to her bedroom. I can still see her crumpled face and feel the agony pouring from her.
I guess it’s no surprise that my oldest son is a musician, because he was surrounded by music growing up. He could barely speak, but he knew the words to Whitesnake, Bon Jovi, and Guns ‘N Roses. In fact, when Slash played “Sweet Child ‘O Mine” with the The Blackeyed Peas during the Superbowl (2011), a friend posted on Facebook that she thought of me and Dusty because I sang that song to him all the time. I once dated a guy who described me to his mom as a “headbanger, raising a little headbanger.” I’m sure his mother was thrilled.
While I still listen to 80’s Hair Bands and love metal music, I’ve grown to love and appreciate all genres. Each form of music touches a different place within me… and fortunately, also sparks a never-ending supply of inspiration.
Today is the release of “Crossing Lines – Book #3 in the Heat Wave Series.” (One of the songs that was instrumental in helping me figure out some things with Kevin, was “Over When It’s Over” by Erik Church.) I’ll be happy to give away a copy of “Crossing Lines” to a commenter.
Also, “Savin’ Me – Book #1 in the Heat Wave Series” is free at all outlets!! Grab it now, because the price will be going back up soon!!
Thanks for letting me visit with you today!!
Links to my website, etc.:
Thanks again Alannah for hanging out with us today and thank you for offering a copy of your book to one lucky commenter. From now until Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 11:00am Eastern Time anyone that leaves a comment will be entered to win the free book. Then later in the day on Thursday, I will use Random.org to choose the lucky winner and will post his/her name at that time. Good luck to everyone. Have a wonderful day!