We’ve all heard it: “Write what you know.” But what does that mean, really? Write about lawyers because you are one? Okay. I understand that. So the story’s more believable, right? But believability isn’t enough to make a good story. Sure, believability helps, but the best stories are those readers can connect with emotionally (at least that’s how this reader sees it). I personally think “write what you know” is about far more than just familiarity with a profession or a place: it’s writing about emotions and situations you have experienced in your life. And let’s face it, that’s a tough thing to do, because if you’ve felt, you probably still feel it.
In retrospect, it’s not surprising that my first two books were pure fantasy. Pirates and genies. They were a ton of fun to write. They weren’t really supposed to be deep. Fun, romantic, erotic, but not particularly deep. But afterward I was left with “what’s next?” “Write what you know,” someone told me. So I did. I wrote about music. And it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It still is.
The Melody Thief is no exception. At times, it was painful to write. But I know I’ve grown through it. A minor epiphany. Oh, and by the way, the next in the series, Aria (December 2012 publication), was the hardest of all. For a former opera singer (former being the key word here) to write about an opera singer was particularly difficult because it was so close to home.
So that’s what my Blue Notes stories are, really. Stories about things I know. Pieces of my heart and my soul. Am I an incurable romantic? You bet. Wear my heart on my sleeve? Well, I write it on my sleeve, perhaps. So much the better. I wouldn’t have it any other way. –Shira
In her last incarnation, Shira Anthony was a professional opera singer, performing roles in such operas as Tosca, Pagliacci, and La Traviata, among others. She’s given up TV for evenings spent with her laptop, and she never goes anywhere without a pile of unread M/M romance on her Kindle.
Shira is married with two children and two insane dogs, and when she’s not writing, she is usually in a courtroom trying to make the world safer for children. When she’s not working, she can be found aboard a 30’ catamaran at the Carolina coast with her favorite sexy captain at the wheel.
Shira can be found on Facebook, Goodreads, or on her web site, http://www.shiraanthony.com. You can also contact her at email@example.com.
ABlue Notes Novel (Note: Each Blue Notes Series novel is an independent story, set in the same classical music universe. Books can be read in any order.)
Cary Redding is a walking contradiction. On the surface he’s a renowned cellist, sought after by conductors the world over. Underneath, he’s a troubled man flirting with addictions to alcohol and anonymous sex. The reason for the discord? Cary knows he’s a liar, a cheat. He's the melody thief.
Cary manages his double life just fine until he gets mugged on a deserted Milan street. Things look grim until handsome lawyer Antonio Bianchi steps in and saves his life. When Antonio offers something foreign to Cary—romance—Cary doesn’t know what to do. But then things get even more complicated. For one thing, Antonio has a six-year-old son. For another, Cary has to confess about his alter ego and hope Antonio forgives him.
Just when Cary thinks he's figured it all out, past and present collide and he is forced to choose between the family he wanted as a boy and the one he has come to love as a man.