When I answer questions in interviews and blog posts I am often asked what inspires my writing. I can't pin it to one thing, it could be an emotion, or a picture, or a story in my head, a film, a show, a conversation, music… there is so much going on in my head at any one time it's difficult to pin down anything as being *The inspiration (TM)*.
But then George Michael died, and it's taken me this long to really think about what his role was in my life. I'm not a huge George Michael fan – I was never a WHAM fan, and with George it was just a few songs that really captured my imagination. Careless Whisper..
“Guilty feet have got no rhythm”
And of course, he was a big part of Live Aid, which also happened to be a big part of my life when I was at that very passionate age of 17. When Elton John and him did “I Wont Let The Sun Go Down On Me”, I was blown away.
Then I met hubby, who was a big George Michael fan; he played me Faith, and I love that song – it was on one of our romantic mix tapes (remember tapes???!!!!), right after my choice of Wah! and Story of the Blues! And don't forget A Different Corner, wow.
So, what prompted me to write this post? Praying For Time. If you've never heard this song I think it is GM at his passionate best along side Careless Whisper.
You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goroyZbVdlo
This song is amazing. His voice, the words, the absolute passion with which it is sung. Moving, stunning, and in my top ten of all time songs by anyone.
It inspired a fan fiction about two men, one rich and entitled who leaves another man for dead in the snow. The other, the same man he leaves for dead, has lost everything, but he still has compassion. I keep opening it to think about converting the short into a novel, but every time I do I get overwhelmed by the enormity of it and shut it down.
Which brings me to Gabriel, book 2 in the Legacy Series (available April) which is also inspired by Praying For Time, but in very different ways. You'll have to wait to see why when you read it, but the book was just as emotional to write as book 1 (Kyle). Redemption, love, honesty, hope, all mixed up in one novel.
RIP George XXXX
Other songs mentioned here:
Trapped in darkness, can an escort find a man to help him into the light?
Reyes never gave in. He fought and was hurt, was abused but escaped
with his life. He made his way in the world using the one thing he was
good at: sex. Using his body, he earned the flash car and the apartment
with the views. Gabriel’s a success; he’s made it.
He needs no one and he has no one. But that’s okay, because he’s safe.
Stafford hires Gabriel for a night, needing nothing more than eye candy
to persuade his family that he’s happy. With the money he has in the
bank and a charity that takes him all over the world, why wouldn’t he be
happy? It doesn’t matter that a degenerative disease is stealing his
vision; for now he has purpose.
One night with an escort was all
it was supposed to be, until Cam is thrust into Gabriel’s world. He soon
realizes he’s fallen for Gabriel, a man caught in his own world of
A new story set in the world of Jack and Riley Campbell-Hayes and the Double D Ranch, Texas.