Moving on after a tragedy can be impossible – especially when you’ve been dealing with those tragedies for over two years. But it’s her senior year, and Harley Anderson is more than ready to do just that, even though the skeletons in her closet can’t exactly be hidden.
Enter Mason Daniel, the egotistical, sexy, surfer boy from California – a boy with his own hidden demons, and even bigger secret agenda.
Mason isn’t right for Harley. He knows this better than anyone. He’s the epitome of a runner–a guy who takes what he can get, only to split a short while later. But he can’t deny the emotions that Harley brings out of him, so he’s going to break his rules for once.
He should have known what it would lead to… Two kindred souls – both lost and then found. Will they fail, once again, in their search for contentment and happiness, or will they finally find true love, when it’s least expected?
Music and writing . . . two things that I honestly never put together when I first started out as an author.
For one, I found the combination to be too distracting for this too easily distracted lady. J Every time I’d sit down and slip in my ear buds, I’d start tapping my toes or even breaking out into song. (Which is actually very normal for me by the way, so no worries) Then the next thing I know, I’d actually be typing the words I was singing out loud, right there in the middle of my books.
Yeah, definitely not a good thing. . .
But one day the two things just started to merge – going hand in hand with one another like they’d always belonged together. And it’s a good thing this happened too because music has seriously influenced me like no other throughout this entire writing process.
I, like many other authors out there, created a playlist while writing WILE – a twenty-three track playlist actually. I would literally listen to these songs on a loop, over and over and over again. Some I’d play more than others of course, especially when I needed my characters to get a little extra mushy. (Which was quite a lot if I’m being honest here J)
So today, for the first time, I’ve decide to share some of that list with you, and talk about when and why I used the songs that stuck with me more than others.
So here goes nothing. . .
1. I won’t Let Go by Rascal Flatts
This was by far the most important song to me while I wrote When It’s Least Expected. It’s about hope, healing, and never letting someone else fall (emotional wise that is) even when you feel like falling into a sort of darkness yourself.
2. Disaster by JoJo
When I first started to write When It’s Least Expected, this song was always on the radio. It really reminded me of my heroine Harley in a lot of ways too. She always fights for the good in life because she’s so fearful of what the bad will be.
3. Let’s Stay Together by Al Green
Why such an old school artist and song you ask? Well, I guess you could say that I’ve always loved it for one. It’s a classic and it makes me smile and swoon all at the same time. And when I wrote a certain scene in WILE, I had this image of Mason getting goofy while singing it to Harley. But apparently he didn’t want to get goofy – he wanted to get swoony – and that scene actually turned into a pivotal moment for the pair.
And believe it or not, I still get giddy thinking about it.
4. A Thousand Years by Christina Perry
This song . . . sigh . . . talk about the ultimate love song. I’ve been listening to it on repeat since it first appeared on a certain mega book/movie soundtrack – therefore I now had to add it to my playlist. But let me tell you, it was during the moments where I listened to this song that the tears really flew. Big, mega, sobbing tears. I really didn’t think I could get that emotional over my own book characters, but I did, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
So there you have it, just an inkling of a sample of my super-secret play list. What do you guys think?
Tell me your favorite book, and what song you would pair it with, and I will give one random commenter an e-copy of When It’s Least Expected.
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About the Author:
Heather Van Fleet currently resides in northern Illinois, with her three daughters, Kelsey, Emma, and Isabella, and her fabulous hubby (and high school sweetheart) Chris, with whom she’s been blissfully married to now for ten plus years. She’s a stay at home mom by day, and an avid and completely obsessive writer and reader by night.