Music makes the world go ’round! I love music just as much as I love books AND it’s likely that other (NERDS) love the combination as much if not more than myself. Shane Morgan meshed the two together and used it to the benefit of her new release! This is a special installment of Nerd Girl Official’s Indy Author Talk! Please help me welcome Shane Morgan!
♥ Gladys #XOXOtheNerdGirl #NerdGirlOfficial
*****The Right Song Soundtrack*****
One of the ways that The Right Song separates itself from my other releases is the fact that I’ve implemented my love for music. Over the years, I’ve written a ton of songs that I haven’t shared with anyone until now. So, I decided since I’m going to write a book about a girl pursuing music, why not use some of my own song lyrics. That aside, I still needed inspiration for the overall feel of the story and to help create a good atmosphere that I can write in. Here are the songs that have helped me with the development of “The Right Song” (None applies directly to a scene, with the exception of Never Let Me Go, Even in Death, I Love Rock n Roll, and Who Knew):
01. Jena Lee ‘Mon Ange’
02. Florence + the Machine ‘Never Let Me Go’
03. Avril Lavigne ‘Hush Hush’
04. Evanescence ‘Even in Death’
05. Kelly Clarkson ‘Walk Away’
06. David Cook ‘Time Marches On’
07. P!nk ‘Who Knew’
08. Bruno Mars ‘Talking to the Moon’
09. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts ‘I Love Rock N Roll’
10. Halestorm ‘Love Bites‘
*****The Right Song by Shane Morgan*****
A young girl hopes to conquer her fears and experience the full force of love and music. Pain never truly goes away, until you find something deeper and meaningful that cures the heart and fills it with love. That is what eighteen-year-old Aurora desperately wants to believe. That somehow her music can save her, or even touch the unreachable heart of the guy she has liked for years.
Rora yearns for his attention and wants to experience this so-called love that could possibly end her long suffering and inspire her to chase after her dreams.
In deeply understanding the feelings of others and herself, will Aurora give up on ever finding true happiness, or will an intriguing soul teach her about the greatest song ever written?
The crowd roars. Some chant my name while others sing the lyrics to the song that brought me to this moment. It sets off a wild party of butterflies in my stomach. My heart starts racing and my knees shake. The music rises throughout the arena—my cue to take the stage.
I look behind at the guy that inspired me to reach this point, giving his hand a soft squeeze. He smiles, then nods approvingly for me to go for it. A wave of confidence washes over my body; I slip out of the safety of his grasp and walk out in front of the many eager fans waiting to hear me sing.
Taking center stage, I clasp my hands around the microphone stand, close my eyes, and inhale a deep breath. As the electrifying guitar riffs blast off, accompanied by the haunting melodies of the keyboard, I part my lips and allow the words to seep out of my heart.
I open my eyes to glance over the crowd. A smile makes its way to my lips as I notice they’re singing along with me. We escape into the lyrics, united in this moment of bliss. It warms my heart, knowing I’ve touched theirs.
This is why I’ve worked so hard. I’m here now. And it’s only the beginning.
*****Q&A with Shane Morgan*****
Q. When and why did you begin writing? What inspired you to write your first book?
I’ve always loved writing since I was a little girl. It’s something I’m truly passionate about. One night an idea flashed across my mind, about a teen girl who had the ability to control fire. It led me to start my first novel, but I couldn’t finish it for some reason and kept going back and making changes for two years. I didn’t know anything about self-publishing at the time. It was before I started my book blog too so I was still clueless then. But after working with so many self-published authors and having the urge to hold a print copy of my book, I finally decided to finish “Unresisting.” It was something fun and mostly to just own a copy of a book that I wrote. I was naive and didn’t spend more time researching. But I’ve learned from that and am doing somewhat better now, in regards to what happens after finishing the first draft and what needs to be done before putting a book out there in the public.
Q. What book(s) / author(s) have influenced your life and writing?
I adore Nancy Drew mysteries and love the writing of Jane Austen. Reading Nancy Drew as a kid inspired me to want to become a storyteller and I hope to branch out more in mystery and suspense as well. Ms. Austen’s writing is absolutely remarkable. It makes me want to improve and keep pushing myself to write better.
Q. Tell us about your characters and how they came to be? Have they been in your head for a long time?
It’s usually random. I’ll be reading or watching TV and then all of a sudden a character is coming to me. Some I begin working on right away, while others I leave in my notebook for a while until when I decide to come up with a story for them. For “The Right Song“, I already had an idea what the story was going to be about, I just needed to come up with some names. I got Aurora from Storm’s character in the X-Men series. Aurora is Storm’s real name and as a child watching the cartoon, I really liked her name and have kept it in my head all these years. As for Daegan, I found it while doing research online. It stood out to me and I feel the name suits the kind of person he is in the story; someone dark and mysterious.
Q. What motivates you to write?
It’s a passion, really. Sometimes I tell myself that I’ll stay away from writing for a while and do some reading or try something else. But I can’t go a day without having the urge to write. It’s fun. I love telling stories. I’ve been doing it since I was a kid. The only difference is now it’s a career and not just a hobby anymore. I also draw motivation from the awesome readers who leave me encouraging messages and tell me to keep the books coming, even from someone who’s critical. The fact that they still write a review and tell me to do something better is motivation for me to keep going and improve my craft.
Q. What is the hardest part of writing?
I think the hardest part of writing is trying to write a story that everyone will love. I believe that once you eliminate the voice in your head that’s too darn critical and worries about every little thing, you’ll realize that as long as you love your story and enjoy what you’ve written then that is all that matters.
Q. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
After finishing “The Right Song”, I learned that I still enjoy writing lyrics and I should start doing that again. A lot of my personality came out in Aurora more than any other characters in my previous novels, and I think it has a lot to do with her love for music and writing lyrics, and the fact that she’s searching for something, whether it’s love or whatever, she’s searching.
Q. Where do you get your ideas?
Often times ideas spring up on me out of nowhere, and sometimes its from music. I listen to different genres; pop, r&b, soul, rock (a lot of rock), world music. They’re not always in english but I find that it doesn’t matter. Sometimes a German rock song stirs an emotion within me that inspires a story.
Q. What does your family think of your writing?
They’re honest about it. If they’re not feeling a story, they’ll let me know. I like how they try to not be bias but come one, they’re still my family and they’ll love and support whatever I do. Overall, they love my writing and praise me for it. It’s interesting how someone who neither writes or read much is amazed by the fact that you can and write for hours.
Q. What is the best advice you would give to inspiring authors?
Don’t give up. In spite of the critics, keep going. Cry if you have to. But let it out and keep writing. It’s like anything else you do, if you’re passionate about it then you’ll work hard to succeed. Don’t burn yourself out. Have fun with it.
Q. What book are you reading now?
I’m reading three at the moment:
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
Charm and Strange by Stephanie Kuehn
I Become Shadow by Joe Shine
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