Q: What is your new “Senses of Love” series about?
A: It is a five book series where each book tells a compelling love story focused on one of the five human senses. I was intrigued by the idea about how we each experience – or are affected – by love differently through the five senses. The first book, The Sound of Love, tells the story of how love is expressed by a musician who tells stories through his songs better than he does in words.
A: Both the first book, The Sound of Love, and the second book, The Sight of Love, are now out. In fact, the first book is free right now through this blog tour. The third book, A Taste of Love, will be released this summer - likely in July. I’m currently writing the fourth book and have the outline of the fifth (and last) book done. It’s so exciting to see the entire series come to fruition!
Q: Why read your series?
A: I’m actually very excited for readers to discovery my first book, The Sound of Love, because there’s something unique about it. It comes with a free soundtrack! Not only am I the author of the book, but I also wrote, performed, and recorded an entire soundtrack of nine songs that readers can listen to for free. One of the main characters is a singer-songwriter. I wanted readers to do more than just read lyrics in the book. I think actually hearing the songs, rather than just read the lyrics, add a lot to the relationship between Charlotte and John.
Q: That’s amazing! How can readers listen to the novel’s free soundtrack?
A: It’s free! The links are all in the book. The soundtrack is on several platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube. Basically, the character goes by the musician name “Guy + Guitar” – so readers can just search for that. The album title is The Soundtrack of Love (get it? Cause the book is titled The Sound of Love!)
Q: Tell us more about the soundtrack – did you write all songs specifically for The Sound of Love? Are there any specific songs which stand out to you?
A: I’ve been writing and recording music for over 15 years. So I’ve written a ton of songs on a diverse range of topics. When it came to the point in writing the novel where I needed lyrics for John – the musician character – it just hit me that I already had this huge well of my own songs to tap into. So they were all previously written songs, but I still had to change several lyrics to make them fit with the story better. This was really inspiring because I’d written some of the songs 15 years or so ago. Going back to re-record them was like a welcome trip down memory lane doing something I never expected I’d be doing when I wrote the song so long ago. My experience down memory lane actually mirrored the experience of Charlotte and John revisiting their past, but I won’t give anything else about that away…
As far as songs that stand out to me the most – there’s two that come to mind. The first is For You, My Dear. I had originally written it as my wedding song, so it’s always been one which evokes emotion easily for me. The other is Remember When, because it’s such a beautiful acoustic story of a couple through the years. I genuinely hope that readers enjoy the unique experience which my songs add to my new novel, The Sound of Love.