So I thought tonight I would share how I got my idea for my novel, Unplugged (A Portrait of a Rock Star). This was not just an idea that popped into my head suddenly. It actually began as a fantasy many, many years ago. Back when Jon Bon Jovi was still in his twenties and I was still in my teens.
Like most teenage girls that grew up in the 80s, in New Jersey, I dreamed of being with JBJ. Though, in those days, he was still John Bongiovi, musician, singer, songwriter and not also a multi-million dollar entrepreneur and good-will ambassador. He was lithe, pretty...and oh so sexy...(he still is).
So, my daydreams turned into actual stories in my head. You know the type - I'd make up realistic opportunities to meet the famous New Jersey rock star and he'd fall madly in love with me. ...Hey, I was from New Jersey, I had a chance, right? Yeah right.
Anyway, as I matured, I still enjoyed listening to Bon Jovi - if he was still making albums, I was still listening. But my fantasies of JBJ diminished - One- he got married and had four kids. Two- I got married and had four kids.
Then one day, last year, when I was thinking about a potential story line, I thought, 'ooh, I'll make my hero a rock star.' I immediately thought of Jon. He IS still the ultimate pretty-boy rocker, isn't he? So I brought my fantasies back to life - I developed a rocker from southern New Jersey. Moved him up here, by me, to northern New Jersey. Made the heroine a personal trainer (I bet you didn't know I was a personal trainer). And gave them the 'realistic' opportunity to meet and...hopefully? fall in love. My heroine trainer was even a bit younger than my New Jersey rock star. Voila - I rewrote an old daydream.
But as I started writing, my NJ rocker melded into other muses as well. I had been listening to Keith Urban and Daughtry at the time, so I started to think, 'what if my hero looked like Keith? He's pretty, right? And what if my hero rocker had a voice like Chris Daughtry? What a voice. The lyrics of these artists also fit my character so much that I almost felt that he wrote them. Especially the songs on Daughtry's album. They fed my hero's soul. So Keith Urban and Chris Daughtry became my more recent muses.
A New Jersey icon, a Tennessee country boy and a North Carolina vocal sensation came together in my mind and a rock star was born. His name - Tagg Holland, lead singer of the band Holland. He's gorgeous, he's vulnerable...he's fictional, but he's mine.
You can read about him in my ebook Unplugged (A Portrait of a Rock Star). Click on one of the following links to get it - http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/B0069YCO9Q/ref=sib_dp_kd#reader-link
Thanks for reading.