Last week my novel, The Love Script, released. I’m always tickled when a new book baby releases into the world. I’m also a little nervous that all the hard work I poured into the novel won’t be met with great reception. Fortunately, the early reviews are favorable towards my Hollywood celebrity romance.
So let’s go behind the scenes of the making of a book. For me, I always start with a playlist I can listen to as I write. There’s something about music that connects the story to my mind and my heart as the characters go on the journey.
The opening line of The Love Script is “The wind whipped through the car’s sunroof, the sound competing with a serenade of H.E.R. on the R&B station as I drove down Coldwater Canyon.” The very first song on my playlist is “Focus” by H.E.R. H.E.R. has a soothing voice and I wanted to set the stage for my character. I wanted my heroine, Nevaeh Richards, to be enjoying life before I introduced that plot device that would turn her world upside down.
I also had some upbeat songs like “Joyful” by Dante Bowe, “Hold Me” by Jamie Grace,. I also had a nod to the setting, and listened to “California Girls” by the Beach Boys and “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.
But listening to the music isn’t the only thing I do behind the scenes.
I’m also huge on choosing inspiration photos to get an idea of what my cast of characters look like, where they live, and sometimes even what they wear. My Pinterest board is full of such pictures. The visuals help me ensure I describe everything accurately. From the cute dresses my heroine might wear or to the happy expression on my hero’s face. I even found inspiration outfits for a photo shoot my characters take in the story.
Once I do these two things, I sit and create my characters. I ask them questions about what makes them tick, where are they on their faith journey, what lies do they believe, what makes them happy, do they have favorites, what was their childhood like, etc. I go on and on until I feel like I know them.
Then the fun begins. Writing the first draft thrills me and my fingers fly over the keyboard until my brain calls it quits for the day. With The Love Script, I wrote the first draft pretty quickly. I filled it with text threads between the hero and his two male friends (I ended up cutting some from the final version and I still weep over them). The book was revised, edited, edited some more, and finally sent off to the printers. It’s also available on ebook, audiobook, hardcover and large print (I believe).
What questions do you have for me?
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