Novelist & Modern Musician Vs. Nashville

I’ve been struggling for some time about what to make my main priority – writing or music.

When we evacuated to Nashville during Hurricane Irma, I hadn’t been there since I started songwriting and joined Nashville Songwriter’s Association (NSAI) so I was very excited about it. May as well make the most out of a bad situation like a hurricane, right? Maybe I’d get super inspired with my music walking the streets of Nashville. Besides, I’d just submitted a song for feedback. How cool to know my song was somewhere on Music Row.

We had a great time catching up with the sights – beer and music on Broadway, writing song lyrics on napkins, cocktails and music at the Opryland Hotel. Woo hoo! It was such a blast!

Funny thing about returning home – I realized I was never going to write a song that would fit Nashville no matter how much NSAI insists they’re open to all genres of music. And then I got the feedback on my song that was far more Rock, far more Electronic Dance than Country.

I love all kinds of music. But I’m a modern girl – have always been, really. Grew up in SoCal with the latest fads, on the cutting edge of technology working in Silicon Valley for 23 years. And then when I finally decided to pay more attention to music, I enrolled in the Modern Musicianship certificate program at Berklee College of Music and earned several certificates. I’m self-produced. I may doink around with the piano and guitar but my real instrument is my Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) and I absolutely love it!

That is so not Nashville and they let you know it. I may have a lot to learn musically, but Nashville is not the one to teach me.

i thought the trip to Nashville would inspire me to make music my main focus. Instead, the James Patterson Master Class has inspired new passion for writing novels and I’m even excited about the outline.

And so, for now, I have my answer on what to focus on.




New Book Release: Raining Men, Version 2.0

One of the benefits of being an Indie author is that you can edit or change a book up after it’s published. And that’s exactly what I did with Raining Men. I’d published it right before I switched gears to songwriting and thought I hadn’t given it the attention it deserved. I hadn’t promoted it or solicited reviews. But I believed in this book and wanted to give it a wider audience. (It managed to get a 5.0 star review during its brief first release.)

I unpublished it and took it back into the writing studio. I read through it, made some edits, added about ten thousand more words and even tweaked the ending. My editor gave it an edit. I then submitted it and a publisher offered me a contract. I was hoping they could give it more exposure than I could.

Well, as it turns out, they decided they didn’t want to publish a book that had already been published. This seems to be one of the challenges of self-publishing – some publishers are for publishing previously published books, some aren’t, and some are vague about it.

So I’m happy to announce, I’ve released Raining Men, Version 2.0.

Raining Men

When California girl Brooke Slade, looking for love in all the wrong places, is presented with an opportunity to move to the Pacific Northwest, she turns it down, refusing to leave her life in Sunny California. But when she loses her job, she decides to give the Northwest a chance for thirty days and discovers it’s raining more than the wet stuff – it’s raining men. Wading through so many Mr. Wrongs, can she find Mr. Right?

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