A L Michael’s new book, Driving Home for Christmas, (“heart-warming and unexpected,”) has just been released by Carina UK! Today she tells us a little bit about the importance of developing personal tastes within her characters.
Fun Fact: ‘Driving Home for Christmas’ was originally called ‘Without You To Hold’. You’ll figure out the significance of that song if you read the book, but Elvis became a bit of a theme in the novel.
I wanted Skye, Megan’s daughter, to be a strange little being. I wanted her to be inspired by things in the past, to pay attention and love things just because she loved them. I didn’t want her to be writing ‘I love Harry Styles’ on her One Direction school folder. And, well, I love Elvis. I love old school music, and overwhelming tackiness, and both of those things are covered by The King.
Music plays a big part in the book. Megan used to be in a band with Lucas, her best friend/high school sweetheart, and he taught her to play guitar. Megan’s relationship with her father, a big Beatles fan, was pretty much defined by music, and listening to old vinyls together. It was their special time, the only time she could escape from work and studying and the big, big plans her parents had for her.
So, of course, Skye’s going to be musical. Or at least, interested in music. Especially living with her great aunt Anna, who used to be a broadway star back in the day, and Jeremy the playwright/drag queen. Music allows us to define ourselves, but also holds memories, where we remember the lyrics of a song we haven’t heard in ten, fifteen years, just because it was so strong to us all those years ago.
Another book I absolutely love that features Elvis is Jennifer Crusie’s ‘Bet Me’. It’s one of my favourite books anyway, but the main character Min is a big Elvis fan, and it’s just something that made me love her even more.
Specific details like musical tastes and favourite flavours of ice cream were always looked down upon in my writing degree- they were said to date a piece of writing immediately. But I think they give us a little more of a feeling about a character, knowing their loves and likes and hates. And I can’t help it if Skye has excellent taste!
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About Driving Home for Christmas.
Megan McAllister is home for Christmas…whether she likes it or not!
Christmas is about family…and for Megan family means two people: herself, and her daughter Skye. It doesn’t mean her parents who, ten years ago, saw her pregnancy as anything but a miracle. And it definitely doesn’t include her irresistible ex-boyfriend Lucas Bright.
So ‘Driving Home for Christmas’ has never been top of Megan’s festive playlist. But for Skye, she knows she needs to spend the holiday season with the people she’s left behind. She can do this. Even if the thought of meeting Lucas under the mistletoe still has her feeling like she’s drunk one-too-many Snowballs!
But somewhere between the hanging of stockings and the crackle of wrapping paper, Christmas starts to sparkle. And Megan begins to wonder if family could be bigger than her and Skye after all…Pop the buck’s fizz, stoke the fire and prepare to giggle the festive season away with AL Michael!
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