Dancing in the Fire playlist

 

Writing and music have always gone hand in hand for me. It would be an impossible choice for me to choose between books and music, I’ve grown up loving and collecting both. I still even buy CD’s much as I still buy paperbacks, just call me old-school!

I always have music on when I write. I either create a playlist for what I’m working on or just listen to some of my favourites that I think will fit the mod I’m trying to create with my music. I definitely feel like playing the right song can bring a scene to life and I often imagine a chapter as a film scene and think about what music might be playing in the background. It all helps to bring what I’m writing to life in my mind.

For Dancing in the Fire, I thought first about what mood I wanted to create with the music. The story is a romance but I felt like a more brooding soundtrack would work better than a lighter, pop-based one.

At the start of the story, the main character Becks has lost her parents suddenly and is trying to make sense of the loss. It has shattered her world and she will never be the same again. This called for an opening song that would emphasise her pain and also set the tone for what was to follow. I chose Tina Dico – ’Two Funerals’. Tina writes really honest and beautiful songs and I loved the lyrics in this simple song. It’s a sad moment and a sad song but there is hope as well, which was perfect for this story.

The story also has a setting that suited a slower sound – it takes place in a cabin in the woods. Becks has been driven there by her best friend’s brother as a group of them are staying there on their Christmas break from University. When the others get stuck on the road, Becks and Sam find themselves there alone. I chose Broods song ‘Mother and Father’ for their arrival in the cabin – again the lyrics really fit the story and the song itself was a great opener to their time in the cabin.

There is a scene that takes place by the fireside where Becks is telling Sam a scary story. For most of the songs, I knew instantly what would work and they are songs I own and love but I couldn’t think of one that would work for this scene. I did a search on Spotify and came across ‘Firelight’ by Young The Giant and it was perfect for this scene and a nod to the novella’s title too!

The playlist has a good selection of some of my current favourite artists – Sam Smith, Hozier, Echosmith and The Pierces. There was a track on The Pierces latest album Creation that was perfect for this playlist – ‘Monsters’. It’s about a boy and girl who have gone through tough times together and I thought of Becks and Sam when I listened to it. I could imagine Sam saying something similar to the lyrics in this song to Becks plus the title ‘Monsters’ fit nicely as a lead into a scene that I won’t say too much about but listen to the next song Hozier’s ‘Into The Woods Somewhere’ when you read the story and prepare for a little scare ;)

There are two songs that really sum up the main character Becks on the playlist – ‘Please Don’t Say You Love Me‘ and ‘Wooden Heart’ but by the end of the story, I pictured her saying the words in Echosmith’s ‘Bright’. I love the journey she goes on in the story and how readers will too. But not to leave Sam out – he deserved songs too and ‘Leave Your Lover’ and ‘All I’m Asking’ really show what is in his heart during this story.

Finally, I had to chose a song for a particular *ahem* moment in the cabin when Sam and Becks share some special alone time shall we say. I chose Brandon and Leah who are a married couple in real life and make some really sweet songs. ‘Together’ is a lovely song for a lovely moment and I hope a few hearts will melt (and maybe pulses race too!) when readers reach this part in the story.

I hope you enjoy the playlist in it’s own right and that it also gets you excited about reading Dancing in the Fire alongside it when the novella is released on the 26th February!

 You can also pre-order the ebook now!

Here are the links:

Kindle 

iBooks

Nook

Kobo

If you’re in Australia:

Amazon or iBooks

Victoria

xoxo

Dancing in the Fire cover reveal

I’m so excited to show you guys the cover for my e-novella DANCING IN THE FIRE, which will be published on 26th February!

The Hot Bed (a Simon and Schuster imprint) did a great job of designing the cover, I’m so happy with it and thinks it suits the story brilliantly. They revealed the cover on their Tumblr page today, which you can check out HERE.

And I’m delighted to reveal the cover on here too for you guys. Here it is!

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And here’s the blurb:

Becks is an independent, feisty Uni student, and not one for relationships.

Sam is her best friend’s brother, who was a shoulder to cry on when she lost her parents.

Stranded alone in a cabin in the woods, with nothing but themselves to keep them entertained, will Becks let him in? Or will one night ruin their friendship forever…

So, what do you guys think?!

Victoria

xoxo

 

Goodbye 2014, hello 2015

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2014 was a year of ups and downs.

I started the year feeling despondent about my writing with fading hope that I would ever have something published. My dream felt incredibly far away from coming true and I became embarrassed when people asked me how my writing was going. I was beginning to wonder if I’d made a huge mistake in deciding to chase my dream.

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But 2014 had surprises in store for me. I decided to enter a short story competition run by Simon and Schuster and was amazed and delighted to find out that I had won! I’m so excited for my eBook short to be released in early 2015 and for you all to read it.

However, the ups and downs hadn’t ended for me. I parted ways with my agent and wondered whether I’d have to shelve the novel I had been working on. Thankfully, I found a new agent quickly who believed in me and my story and there will be news to share with you all in the New Year about the book that I can’t wait to tell you about!

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So being a writer isn’t easy and we tend to be an anxious bunch at the best of times but I discovered this year that when someone connects with something you’ve written, it makes all the angst worth it.

I’m so glad I didn’t give up on my dream this year.

I’m in such a different place to where I was at the beginning of the year proving that you really should …

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I’ve learnt a lot this year about perseverance and patience and not giving up when things get tough, believing in yourself and your dreams, and I’m looking forward to seeing what I learn in 2015. I hope that if you are experiencing a tough journey either in writing or something completely different that 2015 brings you everything that you wish for.

This has always been one of my favourite quotes and this feels like the perfect moment to share it on here again.

I hope it inspires you as it has inspired me this year …

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Have a very happy New Year my lovely followers and I’ll see you all in 2015!

Victoria

xoxo

Christmas 2014 in pictures

 

What we look like at the start of Christmas ...

What we look like at the start of Christmas …

What we look like at the end!

What we look like at the end!

This present is for me isn't it?

This present is for me isn’t it?

With my cousin on Christmas Day

With my cousin on Christmas Day

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With my uncle!

With my uncle!

With my cousin

With my cousin

With my mum

With my mum

Obviously had to have one with Harry too ... he was not impressed though :)

Obviously had to have one with Harry too … he was not impressed though :)

Changed into our Christmas jumpers in the evening!

Changed into our Christmas jumpers in the evening!

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas too!

Victoria

xoxo

A merry Christmas one and all

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It’s almost time guys!!!

Christmas is almost upon us – time with family, presents to unwrap, festive TV to watch, games to play but let’s face it, it’s really all about the food :)


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Have a lovely Christmas everyone, thanks for being awesome this year and  supporting me and this blog! I’ll leave you with The Muppets and shall see you on the other side …

Victoria

xoxo

Festive Fun

I love decorating the house for Christmas and we were the first in our road to get ours up. And I had a special helper* this year too

*not going to lie, he was more of a hinderance ;)

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Harry definitely thought the Christmas tree and decorations were cats toys and I spent a lot of time chasing him away from them. But he did keep a close eye on me making sure I decorated the tree correctly!

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I think he was happy with the finished result!

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As at Christmas you never need an excuse for a tipple, my mum and I stopped by the place the family are going to for Christmas day dinner and sat in their library section for a glass of Prosecco. Fizz plus books! I could have stayed here all night ;) Am now every excited to go back on the 25th and sample their food.

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I think we all need a lamp made of books:

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My Christmas shopping is pretty much finished so I’m now off to wrap presents in front of Elf …

Victoria

xoxo

 

Sunday Songs

Broods – Mother and Father

Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud

Tove Lo – Stay High

Taylor Swift – Blank Space

Iggy feat. Mo: Beg for It

Nick Jonas – Santa Barbara

Echosmith – Talking Dreams

What are your favourite songs right now?

Victoria

xoxo

Looking up 2

About this time a year ago, I published a post called LOOKING UP showing all the photos of the sky I had taken on my phone. I thought it was time to do a second post with newer pictures. It’s amazing the beauty that can be found by just looking up at the sky sometimes. Enjoy!

 

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Victoria

xoxo

 

Once upon a time

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This is a pretty well-known quote and often applied to writing because so many people think about something but only a few actually start it and just starting a story can feel like a huge leap to take. But actually find I feel the opposite when it comes to writing. I find the beginning to be the the easiest, and thebest part!

I just started a new story and I love the moment when you open up a blank Word document and write those two words ‘Chapter One’ (although sometimes it could be ‘Prologue’!) because all you have is empty space to fill with whatever you want. In that moment all you have is you and your imagination, and laptop of course, and you can just let the words flow.

Every time I write something new it feels like it’s the first time again because the story could turn out to be anything. It could be something wonderful or just languish on your hard drive, there’s the thrill of just not knowing where this story will take you or what it will end up being.

The more I write, the better I get at editing my work and taking on feedback from beta readers and my agent but I still prefer writing that first draft as you can just write and not worry about what the finished product may turn out to be.

So whilst I would never say writing is easy, I feel like the beginning is the exciting part and if you don’t worry about the rest of the journey the story may go on and just enjoy filling up that white space with words, then it can be wonderful.

What about you – is the beginning the easiest or the hardest part for you?

Victoria
xoxo

Countdown to Christmas

There is always colour to be found

There is always colour to be found

Autumn is drawing to a close now, the fallen leaves are losing their colour but I don’t mind because that means December and Christmas is fast approaching. The Coca-Cola holidays are coming advert has been shown on TV which traditionally means the holiday season is upon us. I love this time of year and am already preparing.

I have a Christmas jumper and slippers all ready to go!

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The shops are starting to decorate and I bumped into this big guy in a local garden centre and naturally I had to get a picture with him :)

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I have also started my annual mince pie addiction :( I have also made my annual Christmas CD purchase . This years is Leann Rimes’ One Christmas, which this appears on:

I realised that the one area that I never really festive up is my reading so I decided to purchase a Christmas themed novel this year – Christmas Party by Carole Matthews and am looking forward to diving into it!

And now to start the present buying …

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How do you start the countdown to Christmas?

Victoria

xoxo

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