Words & Music Monday with Debra Anastasia

Hello words & music lovers :-) Happy New Year!!

Our first Words & Music Monday guest of 2013 is a woman who I’ve been fangirling for a very long time. Debra Anastasia is hilarious, and charming, and writes awesome stories that will break, and then heal your heart.

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Music.

I actually don’t think I could write without it. When I was a kid, I would slap my favorite album in my Walkman and just lose myself to my imagination. Little did I know I was developing plots! (Oh my gosh, if you do the whole picturing things to music you need to give writing a whirl.) While I write this post I’ll put what I have on in the background in parenthesis

(On now: Ed Sheeran – Give Me Love)

It’s funny how when you’re going to buy something, or want something you see it everywhere. When we were in the market for a minivan after I had my second child, I finally realized how many were driving around. I lusted for the minivans. When we finally got one, I started noticing our brand at stoplights and parking lots.  Why am I bringing this up? Well, when I’m writing a story I finally start noticing lyrics in songs! And sometimes they match the book perfectly.

(On now: Alex Clare – Hold Yuh)

A sweet reader pointed me in Ron Pope’s direction as I wrote Poughkeepsie. He was absolutely the voice of that book. His lyrics are poetic and heartfelt, just like Blake Hartt, my main character. The first song I heard was “You’re the Reason I Come Home”

Do yourself a favor and have a listen. It is simple and stunning. The second I heard it I needed more Ron Pope. I purchased his albums immediately.

Ron Pope – You’re The reason I Come Home

If you’ve read Poughkeepsie, you’ll hear Blake. Tender and dedicated, right?

Okay, so needless to say, while I was writing Poughkeepsie had Ron singing in my head all the time. Music can set the mood perfectly. Almost like writing foreplay!

[On now: Delilah – Inside My Love  (This video is so freak hot!)]

Although I wrote Poughkeepsie first, Crushed Seraphim was my debut novel. It’s about an angel with a filthy mouth and a sexy Devil. When it came time to pick out trailer music, I emailed Ron Pope first never in a million years imagining he would let me use one of his songs.

Ron replied to my email with a very sweet “yes.” I danced around the kitchen like the idiot I am.

Crushed Seraphim’s trailer was born. There was only one, perfect song for my angel book. Shoot Out the Lights by Ron Pope was it. Here’s that trailer:

Okay, right? That song just rocks. And now, I’m releasing the sequel to Crushed Seraphim called Bittersweet Seraphim and you know whom I had to contact by now, right? And Ron did the honors for me again. The song, I Do Not Love You, is off his newest album, Atlanta.

Two more perfect songs for the Seraphim series are Heaven by O.A.R.  (about drinking and being locked out of Heaven!) and Locked out of Heaven by Bruno Mars (Awww “You can make a sinner testify!”

Okay, so now in between Crushed and Bittersweet, I released Poughkeepsie. It’s a story about a homeless man who counts the smiles of a beautiful woman at the train station.  The trailer has Wait For You by Ron as its anthem:

His website is RonPopeMusic.com when you fall in love with his songs.

There are some scenes in my books where I will put one song on repeat while I right. It captures the perfect mood for the scene. Usually I’ll wear headphones so I don’t drive my family bonkers. In a very pivotal scene between Blake and Livia (the smiling girl)

(On now: Lake Street Dive – You Go Down Smooth)

I had Lying in the Hands of God on repeat. It is just a stunning song. I needed its bravery and encouragement for Blake. He had a huge obstacle to overcome and the lyrics and composition of this song let the words flow.

Here’s a live version because the Dave Matthews Band has to be live.

I come from a long line of music hoarders. My grandfathers, my mother, my grandmother, aunts, and uncles, we all have or had an obsession with music. It has to be on and it has to be loud.

Thanks to sweet Jennifer for letting me ramble. XO

~Debra Anastasia

DebraAnastasia.com

@Debra_Anastaisa

poughkeepsiePoughkeepsie

He counts her smiles every day and night at the train station. And morning and evening, the beautiful commuter acknowledges him—just like she does everyone else on the platform. But Blake Hartt is not like the others . . . he’s homeless. Memories of a broken childhood have robbed him of peace and twisted delusions into his soul. He stays secluded from the sun, sure the world would run from him in the harsh light of day.

Each day, Livia McHugh smiles politely and acknowledges her fellow commuters as she waits for the train to the city. She dismisses this kindness as nothing special, just like her. She’s the same as a million other girls—certainly no one to be cherished. But special or not, she smiles every day, never imagining that someone would rely on the simple gesture as if it were air to breathe.

When the moment comes that Livia must do more than smile, without hesitation she steps into the fray to defend the homeless man. And she’s surprised to discover an inexplicable connection with her new friend. After danger subsides, their smiles become conversation. Their words usher in a friendship, which awakens something in each of them. But it’s not long before their bond must prove its strength. Entanglements from the past challenge both their love and their lives.
Blake’s heart beats for Livia’s, even if her hands have to keep its rhythm. Love is patient. Love is kind. Love never fails. Love never fails, right?

In an interwoven tale of unlikely loves and relationships forged by fire, Debra Anastasia takes readers into the darkest corners of human existence, only to show them the radiant power of pure adoration and true sacrifice. Complicated families and confused souls find their way to light in this novel, which manages to be racy, profane, funny, and reverent all at once.

~~~~~~Amazon ~ ~Barnes and Noble ~ ~~~~

crushed seraphimCrushed Seraphim

He counts her smiles every day and night at the train station. And morning and evening, the beautiful commuter acknowledges him-just like she does everyone else on the platform. But Blake Hartt is not like the others . . . he’s homeless. Memories of a broken childhood have robbed him of peace and twisted delusions into his soul. He stays secluded from the sun, sure the world would run from him in the harsh light of day.

Each day, Livia McHugh smiles politely and acknowledges her fellow commuters as she waits for the train to the city. She dismisses this kindness as nothing special, just like her. She’s the same as a million other girls-certainly no one to be cherished. But special or not, she smiles every day, never imagining that someone would rely on the simple gesture as if it were air to breathe.

When the moment comes that Livia must do more than smile, without hesitation she steps into the fray to defend the homeless man. And she’s surprised to discover an inexplicable connection with her new friend. After danger subsides, their smiles become conversation. Their words usher in a friendship, which awakens something in each of them. But it’s not long before their bond must prove its strength. Entanglements from the past challenge both their love and their lives.
Blake’s heart beats for Livia’s, even if her hands have to keep its rhythm. Love is patient. Love is kind. Love never fails. Love never fails, right?

In an interwoven tale of unlikely loves and relationships forged by fire, Debra Anastasia takes readers into the darkest corners of human existence, only to show them the radiant power of pure adoration and true sacrifice. Complicated families and confused souls find their way to light in this novel, which manages to be racy, profane, funny, and reverent all at once.

~~~~~~~~Amazon ~~ Barnes and Noble~~~~~~

One thought on “Words & Music Monday with Debra Anastasia

  1. I loved all these books and the music is beautiful. I have discovered so much music i never would have because of songs linked to novels and I love that the 2 can be linked! :) I’m off to check out Ron Pope! Great interview and thanks for sharing!

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