Confession? I’m not a great musician. I can struggle through a few songs on the piano, and I played the oboe for two years in middle school. Hardly noteworthy. But I did grow up in a musical family. With parents that taught us to appreciate and find inspiration through music. And I’ve pretty much got that part nailed. I am inspired by music. ALL. THE. TIME.
Which is why this book was so much fun to write. But before we get into that, a little history:
Last summer, my publisher called and asked if I would contribute a novella to a collection they were looking to publish. I said I’d love to and set out to plotting what my mini novel would be. As I walked my dog through the streets of West Asheville, I decided I needed my story to happen right there on those streets. With the old funky houses and the wide roads and the huge Maple trees shadowing the sidewalks. It was the perfect setting.
My daughter’s violin teacher lived in West Asheville at the time so I decided that would be a fun career for my character, Emma, to have. After drafting a few chapters, I realized that music was going to be a central theme in the story and I better find a way to make sure, if I was going to write about music, I was going to do it right.
Lucky for me, my sister, Emily, is a professional musician. A symphony native, a music teacher in her own right, and the perfect consultant. For hours we searched scores of classical music, looking for the right song for the right moment. Emily’s knowledge is extraordinary and she didn’t disappoint! (I’m working on compiling a soundtrack of the classical pieces mentioned throughout the novel. Stay tuned!) At the end of the day, there’s no way I could have written, nor would I have enjoyed writing this book, without Emily’s help.
Except, it wasn’t a book quite yet. Twenty four hours before my lovely novella was due to my publisher, I decided I might not ever be satisfied with just a novella. I loved my characters. I wanted them to have their own book–a full length, full blown, nothing held back novel of their very own.
I’m sure my editor loved that email. You know that novella you were counting on me sending in tomorrow? Yeah. That’s not happening.
Lucky for me, (again) she was wonderful and supportive and encouraged me to take Emma and Elliott’s story to the next level. And so I did.
I love this story, guys. It’s funny and flirty and romantic ( I hope, I hope, and I hope). And the music! I love all the music.
Here’s a little blurb about the story.
Concert violinist Emma Hill has left her high profile career as concertmaster of one of the nation’s premiere symphonies and moved home to Asheville, North Carolina. Career suicide? Maybe. Dating suicide? Absolutely.
But then Elliott Hart, a pianist famous for crazy YouTube videos and contemporary mash-ups moves in next door. He’s handsome, at least he’s got that going for him, but Emma is convinced he’s nothing but a giant ego that clearly plays the wrong kind of music.
Of course, Emma and Elliott have more in common than they first realize. Their connection through music (and kissing) is intense, but dating someone famous brings challenges Emma doesn’t expect.Will sizzling chemistry and a little bit of Rhapsody in Blue be enough to keep her hanging on?
Love at First Note will be available on bookstore shelves and on Amazon in March, so stay tuned for links and purchasing info. Plus, I’ve got a great giveaway planned for book release week, full of books and chocolate and music. I’ll post it on the blog, but be sure to like my Facebook author page for up to the minute updates.
Lastly, and most importantly, thank you always for your reading and for your support! I couldn’t do what I do without all of you.