Guest Post: ANGELA CARLING on Music and the Secret Keeper

My guest today is Angela Carling, an accomplished author of Young Adult novels. She’s here to tell us a bit about how music has influenced her writing process.

Music and The Secret Keeper

Every author writes to their own beat, sometimes that music being no music at all. When writing my prior books I had to have complete silence. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE MUSIC! LOVE IT. Crank it at home. Scare my in-laws when I turn on the car because it’s turned up so loud, but not when I wrote…until The Secret Keeper.

SecretKeeperFirst a quick bit about The Secret Keeper. This fun and suspenseful series is all about what price we are willing to pay to erase our mistakes. The Secret Keeper is a new supernatural “creature” that can erase your secrets, creating an alternate reality. Here’s the blurb you’ll find on the back of the book:

When Seventeen year old Winter Merrill was compelled to make a bargain with the mysterious Secret Keeper, she knew there were rules. The most important one, the next time you have a secret, you will not be able to tell it….even if you try. What she didn’t know is that her next secret if not told, would destroy her life and the life of Liam, the only boy she ever loved. Can Winter find a way out of the dark bargain that binds her tongue or will her deal with the Secret Keeper bring devastating consequences unimaginable even to her?

So, as I wrote this story I found that one song really encompassed the complex creature that was The Secret Keeper. Dark Horse by Katy Perry.
If you haven’t seen it or want to check it out on YouTube,  click here.
In particular, when Katy Perry sings, “So you want to play with magic? Boy you should know what you’re falling for. Baby do you dare to do this. Cause I’m coming at you like a dark horse.” I think of Winter and how when she made the deal with The Secret Keeper she really couldn’t even imagine the depth of misery that this enchantress could bring into her life.
Sometimes music has a power that words alone lack. Now every time this particular song comes on I get a chill because Winter’s mistake is very human and it is easy to see how we could end up in her profoundly desperate situation.
Check out The Secret Keeper for yourself and watch for book two coming early next year.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoy The Secret Keeper,
Angela Carling

About Angela Carling

author headAngela Carling was raised in Palm Springs California, but lives Arizona with her husband, three kids and five felines. After years of denial she finally admitted that she is a hopeless romantic which led her to write her first Young Adult book Unbreakable Love. Since then she’s published three more books, Shackled, Becoming Bryn and The Secret Keeper. Shackled won the silver IPGA award in 2012 and has been optioned as a screenplay. She always eats the frosting off her cake and leaves the rest, and can be caught singing in public bathrooms just for the acoustics. When she’s not writing YA novels, she’s mentoring teen writers, making pizza with her family or dreaming of taking a nap, not necessarily in that order.

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