Hey, everyone. It’s time for another WIP Wednesday. This week is another “work in publication.”
The idea of creating a playlist, or soundtrack for my novels didn’t occur to me until after I had published Unseen Motives. Given the main character in Unknown Reasons was a part-time drummer who loved music, it seemed fitting for that book.
But Stephanie Harris, the protagonist in my first novel, also has a love for music. She was largely influenced by her father. Unfortunately he died when she was only fourteen, but she never forgot the times when the two of them would go for drives in the car with the radio tuned to a Classic Rock station and the volume loud. (Her mother’s taste leaned more toward classical music, but that’s another story.)
I began putting together a list of songs. As with Unknown Reasons, the songs follow the book’s timeline. The only song mentioned by name in the book is Van Morrison’s “Wild Night,” but I tried to select others that fit the storyline. And yes, “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” is relative to a scene near the end of the book.
Before I began writing this series, I didn’t intend for romance to play a part. It didn’t take long for me to discover Stephanie and Driscoll Lake Police Chief Matt Bradford were meant to be together. But they both have things from the past to deal with. Here’s a snippet from one of the scenes.
Matt and Stephanie lingered in the parking lot after the others departed. “Sorry about the crowd,” Matt said. “I should have known. Mary’s is always busy on Friday nights after games.”
“It’s okay. It was nice to visit with some of my high school friends.” Stephanie took a deep breath of the night air. “I’m glad I went to the game. I wasn’t sure how it would be, but I felt a sense of freedom tonight. Maybe I’m finally getting over the past.”
“But you still have questions. Otherwise, you wouldn’t have asked Kyle to write a second story.”
“Yes, I do. I realize the outcome probably won’t change, but I have to try.” She tried to blink away tears that threatened to fall. “I didn’t mean to get emotional.”
Matt wiped a tear from the corner of her eye. “Look, I know tonight wasn’t a real date, but how about dinner tomorrow? Just the two of us. We can go someplace in Brewster.”
Stephanie smiled. “I’d like that.”
“Good.” He leaned down and placed a light kiss on her lips.
Impulsively, Stephanie took her finger and traced the scar on his chin. “How did you get this?”
Matt took her hand and pulled it aside. Something flickered in his eyes. Pain? Hurt? Anger? Something else?
“It happened a long time ago. It’s getting late. You’re probably ready to go home.”
She jerked her hand away from his. “Maybe tomorrow night isn’t such a good idea.”
“Stephanie, I—” The ringing of his cell phone interrupted Matt’s words. He took it from his pocket and looked at the caller ID. “Damn. It’s the station. I’d better take this.”
Will they overcome their past and move on? You’ll have to read the book to find out. In the meantime, here is the playlist.
- Out in The Country – Three Dog Night
- Over My Head – Fleetwood Mac
- Wild Night – Van Morrison
- Somebody’s Baby – Jackson Brown
- Drive – The Cars
- Magnet and Steel – Walter Eagan
- Moonlight Feels Right – Starbuck
- Who’s Crying Now – Journey
- Tell It Like It Is – Heart
- Walk Away Renee – The Left Banke
- Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door – Bob Dylan
- Words – The Bee Gees
Next week, another snippet from my upcoming short story collection.