Blood And Guitars Goes On Tour
A book tour, that is.
The Same Six Questions Interview
Andy Rane was kind enough to interview me over at his blog today.
It's The Same Six Questions with yours truly.In the interview, I answer questions such as "What was your first lengthy piece of fiction?" and "If you could meet one of your characters in real life, which would it be?" and more. For the interview in its entirety, hop on over to Andy's Blog. I want to thank Andy for the chance to participate in his Same Six Questions interview series. The questions were fun and thought-provoking. *Side note: I missed posting a Guitar of the Week this week, but it's only because I've been doing so much work on Immortals And Melodies. I'll be leaving town in a few days for Spring Break, but I'll try to post while I'm gone. Until then! Photo credit: Immrchris.
Why Have More Than One Book Trailer?
There are so many reasons!First of all, they are way too much fun to make. They'll be even more fun to make when I get my new computer next week and can crank one out in under an hour. But mostly, I wanted to make a second trailer to highlight the story from Trey's perspective. Since Blood And Guitars is told from both main characters points of view, I thought it was important to give each of them, Trey and Aurora, a chance to have a trailer based on their unique perspective of the story and the other characters. Trey's take on what's happening in the story is unique to him, his personality, his past, the people he surrounds himself with and cares about, and his dreams for the future. It only makes sense to let that show in video form as well. You can find the video embedded permanently here on the site under Book Trailers. It's also on my youtube channel which can be found here. Next up, Aurora's book trailer. Check back soon for it! For now, enjoy Trey's trailer:
Trey's Christmas Wish ListIt might sound a little ridiculous for a guy like me to be writing a Christmas wish list, but even rock stars can want for things, right?
I'm in serious need of a new guitar pedal. Chase spilled Red Bull all over my pedal last night and sadly, it couldn't be saved, even with Jonas's mad fix-it skills. I'm going to need that pedal on the road with the new record. I'm just sayin'.
I'd love a getaway to a ski resort for a weekend. It would be nice to hit the slopes on my snowboard that's been collecting dust in the garage all year.
I can't resist so I'll just throw this out there. A year's supply of Root Beer would be awesome. I can't explain it exactly, but I blame Aurora and her Root Beer fascination. Suddenly I just can't get enough of the stuff.
Cowboy's collar is looking a little ragged. I know I should probably have a collection for him and rotate them every day or something like that, but who has that kind of time?So that's all I can think of right now. Not a bad list if you ask me. Merry Christmas everyone!
Why Chace Crawford is Trey's doppleganger...
Something happened about a month ago that really shocked me.
I was just minding my own business and watching TV with the hubby when all of a sudden Trey was on the screen. Seriously. Surprised? Not as much as I was!
Here's the part where I admit that I've never watched Gossip Girl before. Not because I didn't want to, I've heard the writing is excellent, but I've just never had the time to rent the series and get caught up. I can't stand jumping into the middle of a TV series like that without starting from the beginning. I checked my trusty Netflix and couldn't find Gossip Girl anywhere. I had pretty much resigned to the fact that I wasn't going to be watching the show, at least not anytime soon. Then a little while ago I checked Netflix again, not really expecting different results, and voila! Gossip Girl was there!
Now at least I had the option to watch the show, if only I could find the time to do it. I've been very busy with day to day life and writing the second book in the Blood And Guitars series. Nevertheless, I was determined to watch the show, someday.
Back to the part of the story where I was watching TV with the hubby and Trey shows up on the screen. At that point I proceeded to freak out a little bit. Aforementioned hubby was laughing at me and my reaction to the guy on screen. I went on to tell him that I was looking at Trey, pointing excitedly, in case the huge image on our 50 inch flat screen wasn't big enough and he was missing it. Then, to the hubby's amusement, I grabbed the remote and rewound it to see him again. My brain managed to work well enough in the middle of this to comprehend that I was seeing a commercial for Gossip Girl. Second major shock of the evening. It just goes to show how absolutely clueless I was.
I knew I wanted to watch the show before this, but What I didn't know is that Chace Crawford, who plays Nate Archibald on the show, is the spitting image of what I had in mind when I created Trey all those years ago. I started writing Blood And Guitars in 1999. Yes I realize how old that makes me sound. I was barely in high school at the time. (Way before the whole Twilight mania began, I might add.)
I'm now several episodes into the series, and the more I watch the more I believe it. Chace is the perfect Trey. Not only is he the spitting image of Trey, but he's an amazing actor and a really funny, laid back guy.
See for yourself. Is he not the spitting image of Trey? Now I realize everyone will have their own ideal version of Trey after reading the book, as it should be, but for me, this is him.
Doppelganger? Yay or Nay?
You decide. As for me, I'll be begging for Chace to be cast as Trey when Blood And Guitars hits the silver screen in my wildest dreams. I wonder if the guy can sing?
All About Trey Decker
He was the first character I had in mind when I started writing this story over ten years ago. I still have the little notebook that I wrote his bio down in.
Trey is easy-going, sincere, patient, and hardworking. He is passionate about everything in life, especially his music. He wears his heart on his sleeve, and shares it with the world when he sings. Trey has had his heart broken in the past, but still isn't afraid to put himself out there when Aurora comes along. Despite the fame and fortune, Trey hasn't let stardom go to his head.
He's just as down-to-earth and real as he was before Catalyst got their big break. Trey is very protective of his band mates and thinks of them as his brothers. He puts 110% of himself into his work, knowing that fame and fortune won't last forever. He loves creating music, and feels most alive when he's on stage performing with Catalyst's loyal fans.
Trey is a fun character to write because he is 100% true to himself. I can put him in any situation and he reacts just as he should. Trey is very comfortable in his own skin, which, in a way, makes him a complete contrast to Aurora who is still trying to come to terms with her existence. One of my favorite things to write are Trey's interactions with his band mates. It's a lot of fun getting them all together and seeing what comes from it. Trey grows a lot through the first book, which is necessary in order for him to handle the situations he'll face in the coming books in the series.
I'm very much enjoying writing Trey in the second book, and I can't wait to share his and Aurora's next adventure with all of you.
Why I love Aurora EvinsToday's post is a little different. I've decided I want to blog about both of my main characters and what draws me to them, starting with Aurora.
Aurora is best described as fiercely independent. As a creature of the night, she tends to be a loner. It isn't enough that being a vampire sets her apart from most of the world, but she's an extraordinarily gifted and powerful young vampire. She has only one close friend, aside from her maker, but she is extremely loyal to those she cares about. She's the kind of woman you would want to have as a best friend because she'd always have your back. Emotional scars from her past prevent her from trusting easily, but she desires a richer emotional existence, even if she won't admit it to herself.
Aurora has created success for herself in her work by channeling all of her energy into her painting. She makes a good living for herself because of this, but she can't help but feel something is missing. Aurora is very talented when it comes to her art, and she spends countless hours painting and filling the walls of her art studio/gallery called The Waking Moon.
Despite her exceptional abilities and unimaginable beauty, Aurora isn't nearly as confident and happy as she appears to be. She longs for the same things in life that most humans long for: love and acceptance.
Aurora is a really great character to work with because she is so fearless to those on the outside. She says what's on her mind, and does as she pleases, despite what anyone else thinks. She has built walls, both mentally and emotionally, to protect herself from getting hurt, but finds that she's completely powerless against Trey and his sincere, albeit lazy, half-smile.
At times Aurora worries that she is losing herself by getting caught up in Trey's world. She must learn to trust and let go in order to realize that she's actually finding herself instead.
Aurora's life gets even crazier as she and Trey embark on the next stage of their journey together in book 2.