Ask me and I'll speak the truth...
Here's the newest batch of questions...
Q: WHERE DOES EMBER THE SERIES TAKE PLACE AND WHY?
A: Ember the series takes place on Maui, for the most part. In book 2 DOWNPOUR, the scenery changes a lot. The story calls for it. First third of the book is a globe trotting adventure. Book 3 AFTERSHOCK, gets things back to the islands (Maui). I chose the Hawaiian islands because of a dream. I dreamt one of the scenes from the first book Ember. It takes place in one of the later chapters at the moment before all heck breaks loose. I saw a boy lying in the pouring rain with two girls crying over him, with the song "SIGN YOUR NAME" by Terrence Trent D'Arby serenading the scene. I hope that wasn't a spoiler!
Q: IS THERE ANY MAJOR DIFFERENCES IN THE INDIVIDUAL BOOK SOUNDTRACKS?
A: Yes and no. Each book shares a very islandy soundscape with different emotional tracks scattered throughout. Ember has more easy, laid back youthful songs. Downpour is much more emotional and worldly. Aftershock (book 3) seems to be a even mix of both the first 2 books...fun music to make you feel as if you were standing along the beaches with the island storms blowing through your earbuds. Plus very direct and emotional tunes that reflect the characters adventures and troubles.
Q: WHY EVEN WORRY ABOUT THE MUSIC?
A: Because I really do feel that "music is life." We learn with it, grow with it, heal with it, love with it...why not read with it. Many people already make their own playlists while they read their favorite book, I figured I'd give my readers a musical "crumb trail." They don't have to follow it. They can create their own but the soundtrack would really enhance the stories plot points. Many of the songs really influenced the story and its characters. My ultimate goal is to have my newest book and accompanying playlist on the top of the charts. You download my book and the songs download along side it. Easy peasy! M.D.