When I envision a story and start to write it plays out like a movie in my head complete with soundtrack the minute I hear an appropriate song.
For Shadows Fall Away it began with an image of a cute guy, ticked off at the world and everyone in it and riding his skateboard like maniac to the tune of Good Charlotte’s Misery. I totally saw it as the opening of a movie with the skating cutting away to arguments with mom & dad, getting in trouble with bad news friends and closing out with my Mark standing before a juvenile court judge and hearing the verdict that would propel him into his adventure.
I confess, I’m all about counting the chickens before they hatch so of course I’m pondering the sequel to Shadows Fall Away even before it attracts an agent. Again it began to unfold like a movie. This time Mark had a more positive air about him even though he zipped around on his skateboard wildly enough to make the mother in me cringe. 🙂
A few chapters in, another song from a couple years back hit me as the focal point for Mark’s frame of mind as he watches the girl he thought would occupy his future begin to slip away.
(Carl Bell is a fabulous songwriter and so looks like Mark’s dad to me 🙂 )