Author of the Month #3 - M.A.Grant Sunday Feature: Guest Post

by - Sunday, January 10, 2016

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For the entire month of January, I am proud to feature author M.A. Grant,

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Marion Audrey Grant is fortunate to live in the rugged beauty of Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. She's believed in happy endings and true love since she was very young. Later in life, the realization that she had stories of her own to tell would lead her to graduate college with majors in Creative Writing and English. Thanks to her husband’s unending support, she now works as a scribe to the intelligent women and wounded heroes who need their stories told.

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Every story I write has a playlist. Any songs reminding me of my character, of the emotions of the scene, or of the energy I'm trying to put on the page will make the cut.

The playlist for First started out with a single theme for each story. As the stories grew, so did their playlists. Here’s the quick summary of the key songs for each story in First, as well as why they made the cut.

Maya and Jake’s playlist:

Maya and Jake’s theme – “Blank Space/Style” by Louisa Wendorff (feat. Devin Sawson)
“Young and reckless, taking it way too far” is an eerily accurate summation of this relationship.

Jake’s song – “It Ain’t Me Babe” by Silvertide
Jake has this bad habit of denying the obvious. The fireman doth protest too much, methinks.

Maya’s song – “Chandelier” cover by Shoshana Bean
The moment I heard this song’s lyrics, I knew it fit Maya. It sounds so upbeat, but the emotion behind the words is a kick to the gut. Combine that with Shoshana Bean’s expressive voice and there’s no way this couldn’t fit Maya’s fight to pretend all is well.

One more night – “You’re the One That I Want” by Angus & Julia Stone
When Jake showed up on Maya’s doorstep, I knew that the scene wasn’t destined for sappy romantic glory. It was a raw scene to write and this song fit that bill perfectly.

Through the roof – “I See You” by Luke Bryan
Imagine my surprise when the drama of the moment was trumped by Jake’s private (and never included on the page) insistence that Maya was the only thing on his mind. This song came out of left field, but stuck.

Hospital showdown and the “L” word – “Rivers and Roads” by The Head and the Heart
I’ve got nothing. It’s a good song. I listened to it about twenty times when I wrote the last chunk of Maya and Jake’s story and will remember their happily-ever-after every time I hear this song in the future.

Cat and Dally’s playlist:

Cat and Dally’s theme – “Photograph” by Ed Sheeran
I listened to this song so many times while writing that my husband now has it memorized. But it’s the bridge that does it for me. That line of “Next to your heartbeat where I should be...” explained the Cat/Dally emotional connection and kept me grounded so their story never got off track.

Dally’s song – “One” by Ed Sheeran
If this story became a movie and there was a flashback to that moment when Cat opens the door and Dally’s standing there after coming home from Arizona, this is the song playing in the background. No contest, no ifs, ands, or buts.

Cat’s song – “Run” (feat. Sugarland) by Matt Nathanson
Cat surprised me a bit with her tenacity. Somehow she got her romantic moment and a whole lot more, despite her tendency to kill all romance with over planning.

Dally’s shower song – “Promise” by Eve 6
I haven’t found a good acoustic cover of this song. But I like to imagine Dally singing one. In the shower. Enough said.

Dally’s feelings for Cat – “She’s So High” by Tal Bachman
Cue the cheesy millennial love ballad! Oh, and the lyrics are spot on too.

Happily ever after? – “Hands Down” by Dashboard Confessionals
Ah, young love. The sweetness of Cat and Dally’s story was echoed in the nostalgia of this song’s lyrics.

Now you know the soundtracks behind First. And if you don’t want to hunt down each of these songs on your own, you can stop by my YouTube channel to find the playlists in their entirety there.

Maya and Jake’s playlist:

Cat and Dally’s playlist: 

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