Shannon Richard’s Unsung pairs a jilted bride with a tattooed country musician, and their one-night stand leaves some permanent consequenes. Awkard! Shannon is here to talk about music, Unsung, and real-life musical inspirations for her heroes.
Music is a MASSIVE inspiration for my writing. A lot of times I will hear a song that inspires a scene…or sometimes even an entire book.
With Unsung there was a new kind of inspiration when it came to the musical world. The hero is Liam James, and he was conceptualized with two specific musicians in my mind: Kip Moore and Eric Church. Both men are country musicians (like Liam), they both rock scruffy gloriousness on their faces (also like Liam), and there is just something about their Southern demeanor and general badassness that I’m rather found of (again, like Liam).
Both Kip Moore and Eric Church have been used in the past to get the creativity flowing. “Hey Pretty Girl” by Kip was a big launching point for Undeniable (the second book in the Country Roads series). While Eric’s “Springsteen” was not only the spark behind Unforgettable (the fourth in the series), but it was the basis of the story. Since their music has been such a big part of my writing, I found it only fitting to use them as inspiration for a hero, and thus Liam James was formed.
Now if I were to write some other musician based heroes I’d want to work with the likes of:
Justin Timberlake, Adam Levine, and Marcus Mumford. Oh, actually, let’s make all of them members of the same band.
With Justin, I’d probably be listening to “Not A Bad Thing” on repeat. He’d be chasing after the heroine…who has just walked into his life and for whatever reason is running from a relationship with him. But he’d be the type of guy who sees what he wants and goes after it. Or as this case may be, goes for her.
As for Adam? Well, he’d be the baddest of the boys in the group…and he’d be covered in tattoos (obviously). His song? “It Was Always You”. He’d totally have a friends to lovers story…the girl next store who’d always been more of a tomboy growing up. The real kicker? She’s the little sister of hero number one…and has always been in love with her brother’s best friend.
As for Marcus…well, as Mumford and Sons is my favorite band I’d want to use a number of songs: “I Will Wait”, “Only Love”, “White Blank Page”…every other song that they’ve written. This story would be a second chance love. He wrote a song all about his break up with his college girlfriend, the heroine. Now the heroine (who’s all the way over in England, because they are both British) had her life more than somewhat turned upside down when the song hit the top of the charts. So much so that even though the breakup had happened years ago, she was put in the spotlight. She’s slightly bitter about it too…mostly because she’s never gotten over him.
Shannon Richard grew up in the Florida Panhandle as the baby sister of two overly protective but loving brothers. She was raised by a more than somewhat eccentric mother, a self-proclaimed vocabularist who showed her how to get lost in a book and a father who passed on his love for coffee and really loud music. She graduated from Florida State University with a BA in English Literature and still lives in Tallahassee where she battles everyday life with writing, reading, and a rant every once in a while. Okay, so the rants might happen on a regular basis. She’s still waiting for her Southern, scruffy, Mr. Darcy, and in the meantime writes love stories to indulge her overactive imagination. Oh, and she’s a pretty big fan of the whimsy. She can be found on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and ShannonRichard.net.