A Blaze of Music and Emotion – an interview with Lori Toland (plus bonus moggy pics and win a $10 GC!)
I’m thrilled to welcome back the extremely lovely Lori Toland To celebrate the re-release of The Replacement Guitarist, Lori is kindly giving away a $10 GC to one lucky commenter, so remember to say hi and share the love! Thank you!
I’m so pleased to be back! Thanks for having me by. My latest release is back to the old school. It’s my first published novel The Replacement Guitarist, which is being re-released. It has been edited and revised. I enjoyed getting in there and tearing up my book. There were a few scenes that I remembered were hard to write but came out so well. The last scene I had to read and write though I kept wanting to look away. The scene was so intimate that I felt like an outsider between these two guys who are madly in love.
Anyway, the story is about Blaze, a young guitarist who gets a job with the hottest pop star out there. Jason Stockton is her manager and when Blaze meets him at the audition, sparks fly and they never stop. Their journey through the mad world of pop music, the see-and-be-seen scene and hectic touring life may be more than their budding romance can take but Blaze is never one to back down from a challenge.
2. Several of your books have playlists, which is awesome. How important/inspiring is music to you when you write?
Music is important to life, for me. Each song reminds me of a time in my life and it evokes an emotion that I need to write. In The Replacement Guitarist, Blaze’s song is Let It Rock by Kevin Rudolf (a really hot song in 2009 when I wrote the book) and Jason’s song is Safety Dance by Men At Work (because Jason loves 80s music) but when I want to dork out, I make music videos in my head to the rest of the play list songs with Blaze and Jason in them. (Yeah, that’s totally normal for writers, right?)
3. So, for some writers, summer isn’t the most productive time. What’s your approach? Do you write on through the sunshine or head out to be “inspired”?
Summer is my most productive time since it’s the off season at my job. I have room to breathe and usually write one to two novels. This year I was recovering from surgery so I didn’t get much done except revising and editing The Replacement Guitarist. I went into that thinking it wouldn’t be such a huge project but it was. I’ve really grown as a writer and there are things I couldn’t leave alone in there.
4. Question for Milly and Chester (Lori’s famous cats :)): What’s the best way to get Mom to stop writing and provide cuddles? (Related question—if mom has worked out how to multitask, e.g. write and pet cats, is this acceptable behavior…or must it be stopped!!!)
Chester: I usually just sit by my mum and stare at her. I have “The Incredible Power of The Cheddar” that steals her attention from whatever she’s doing to focus her attention on me. If that doesn’t work, but it’s usually a rare circumstance, I bite her leg. That always gets her attention.
Milly: yeah, but Chester is full of poop and that makes him dumb. The vet said so!
Jason from The Replacement Guitarist. He’s an animal lover. He’d have a cat if he didn’t travel so much. Tristan from Trust In Me has a cat so I know he can care for animals but he would have to leave his furball behind to care for mine.
6. Any exciting WIPs to tell us about? (and do any of them involving spanking!!!)
Omg, all of them? LOL. Right now I’m working on editing the rest of The Replacement Guitarist series. I hate to say I’m working on anything because then life throws me a curve ball and I’m suddenly having to write something else because the inspiration is there and I can’t ignore it. So let’s just say I’m working on everything right now.
The Replacement Guitarist Blurb:
Blaze Shinozuka has two goals: get a job as a guitarist and lose his virginity. At an audition for a famous pop star, he draws the attention of celebrity manager Jason Stockton—and their instant attraction sends his world careening off its axis just as he is thrust into the gritty world of rock ‘n’ roll.
Straight-laced music manager Jason Stockton is always professional and never dips his pen in the company ink. But there is something about Blaze that leaves him wanting what he shouldn’t. The guitarist’s exotic beauty and compelling innocence is a temptation Jason can’t resist.
After one lie in the national media pushes them apart, Blaze must decide whether he will trust Jason, a man he shouldn’t touch, let alone love. The cutthroat, jealous world of rock ‘n’ roll, has chewed up and spit out the toughest musicians, and Blaze vows he will be the last man standing, even after the music stops.
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