Elizabeth Maddrey shares the inspiration for her latest Contemporary Romance, Luna Rosa: Blushing Moon. Comment or answer the question at the end of this post to enter the drawing for Monday’s drawing. Deadline: May 12th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Elizabeth:
Truth or Fiction by Elizabeth Maddrey:
I don’t usually put a lot of myself into my books. Maybe a favorite food gets a mention, but that’s about it. When I sat down to write Luna Rosa, I knew I wanted my hero, Nick, to be a pianist and that’s about it. As I thought about him, I discovered he’d had aspirations to be a performer, but suffered from serious stage fright that ended that as a career option. I could practically hear someone saying, “Well, if he let stage fright end that as a career, he didn’t want it badly enough.” Because that’s the sort of thing people would often say to me when I made excuses for why I can’t play the piano in church.
You see, I love the piano. I’m not concert quality by any stretch of the imagination, but I play well enough to keep myself entertained. But if I know someone’s listening, my hands shake. Not just a little tremble. Not a wobble. Seismic tremors that shift my fingers three and four keys away from where they ought to be, rendering the song some bizarre modern composition instead of whatever it was supposed to be. (When I say “someone’s listening,” that includes my family. I’m just now barely able to play if my husband is home and somewhere else in the house. But I have to convince myself he isn’t listening. My kids pretty much need to be outside. With the doors and windows shut so I don’t think the neighbors might hear.)
It’s incredibly frustrating. And I felt a teeny tiny bit sorry for foisting my neuroses on Nick. But only a little. I didn’t make him quite so bad as I have it. His major issue arises when people he doesn’t know are listening. So, he’s able to play at church, provided he remembers that he knows a good deal of the congregation. It’s one of the reasons he chose the smaller church to attend, rather than the large church that most of my characters who live in the D.C. area go to.
It was a lot of fun writing about Nick and working his fear of public performance into the plot—a real issue in the romance, given that the heroine of Luna Rosa is a concert pianist who doesn’t understand why anyone would shy away from using a God-given talent simply because of nerves. I have a little of her in me, too, now that I think about it though, because it is frustrating to not be able to more with something that I know would be useful.
Maybe there’s more of me in my books than I realize. I’ll have to ponder that. But I do know that this is the first time I’ve consciously taken something I struggle with and given it to a character. Since it was so much fun, I’m not sure it’ll be the last.
About Elizabeth: Elizabeth Maddrey began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of math and organization steered her into computer science for college and graduate school, she has always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any other activity. She loves to write about Christians who struggle through their lives, dealing with sin and receiving God’s grace.
Elizabeth lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys. She invites you to interact with her:
About the book – Luna Rosa: Blushing Moon:
She loves the spotlight, he prefers backstage. Can they still play love’s duet?
Nick Carter’s career as a piano tuner and teacher keeps him off-stage and allows him plenty of time to compose music he has no intention of ever publishing. Enter Louisiana Chalfant, the new symphony pianist who embodies the word diva. She’s exactly the kind of woman Nick has vowed to avoid, but when they’re cajoled into playing a duet he finds there’s more to her than he first thought.
Louisiana settles into her temporary role with the symphony in Washington, D.C., glad for the reprieve from touring professionally. She’s astonished to discover immense talent in the handsome man who keeps her piano in tune. Practicing for a duet at church gives her the perfect opportunity to get to know the real Nick.
As they play together, Nick and Louisiana develop a friendship that begins to morph into something more, but what happens when their diverging goals threaten to upstage their love?
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