Happy New Year and My Inspiration

Happy New Year, everyone!

It was fun reading all of your comments yesterday for Lisa Kessler’s post, and I was amazed to see how many of you are scrapbooking. That’s a new hobby of mine…sort of scrapbooking/art journaling. I’m even taking a 12-month workshop.

Yeah, I do tend to overextend myself. LOL.

Today, I thought I’d re-share the inspiration for Lovely, Dark, and Deep–or at least the inspiration for Shane Burke, the hero. Shane actually came before the book idea itself, and the opening scene for him in the book IS this song. Originally, I’d pictured him waking up on New Year’s Day and seeing that overturned bottle of Jack Daniel’s on the floor next to his bed, then looking up and seeing a ticked-off woman in his doorway, but the time frame for starting the book in January didn’t work for the story I came up with for him.

So I shifted the timeline to begin the weekend before Labor Day…but the rest of the scene stays the same.

The lines that particularly inspired me are from the chorus and bridge:

Just give me one good year to get my feet back on the ground.
I’ve been chasing grace, but grace ain’t so easily found.
One bad hand can devil a man,
Chase him and carry him down.
I’ve gotta get out of here
Just give me one good year..

It’s a bitter wind in your face every day.
It’s the little sins that wear your soul away.
When you start giving in, where do the promises all go?
Will your darkest hour write a blank check on your soul?

Well, okay, it’s not a particularly CHEERFUL song! There’s another SC song called “Below” that needs a story written for it; it’s on my goals for the new year, so we’ll see how that goes.

Off to write. Have a beautiful day to start the year!

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban and paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense, currently living in Auburn, Alabama. Author of the Sentinels of New Orleans series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, and Belle Chasse (Nov 2016). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the upcoming Wilds of the Bayou series (Book 1, Wild Man's Curse) releases April 2016).

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