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Sometimes a tiny detail, a picture or a word can be all the inspiration you need. For me, writing First Came Forever, it was a road trip and song that made all the difference.
The image of Erica and how she moved to US for love came to me on a vacation in California over four years ago. Driving along Highway 1 the plot and the other characters crystalized; how she meets Sasha and falls heads over heels in love with him, but how difficult even such a strong love can be when reality hits with their different worlds.
Then it was the song Moonlight (A Vampire’s Dream) by Stevie Nicks that gave me the final direction for the book, and the courage to start writing it. When I learned about how the song is a combination of Stevie’s own personal relationship and the love story between Bella and Edward in Twilight it just hit me how to get the story I’ve had in my head for so long together. All of a sudden, it became crystal clear that it should focus on something both ancient and up to today. So, First Came Forever is a love story of the same kind as Bella and Edward’s, but instead of a vampire tale, it’s a conventional kingdom and its old-fashioned rules that forces Erica to decide what is worth giving up for love.
Listen to the song here:
What’s really beautiful about Stevie’s song, is that it tells the tale of hers and Lindsey Buckingham’s relationship and how it is a love that never dies. Even though they fight and even though the song line ‘He loves her, but he loves his life alone as well’, they are always there for each other and has been since the 1970s. It’s so beautiful how the song lyrics manages to encompass the two everlasting relationships (Stevie and Lindsey, Bella and Edward) into one.
But it was also the way Stevie was so staunch in her belief that her music career was over, until she found the inspiration in the New Moon movie, that gave me the courage to believe that I really could write a book. Listen to her explaining on The Late Late Show how she never would have made the album In Your Dreams if it hadn’t been for the Twilight movies here:
So, just like New Moon inspired Stevie to write Moonlight, her song inspired me to write First Came Forever.
For me, First Came Forever, is a story about finding your directions in life. To find out who you are and feel comfortable in your skin. To stay true to yourself and make your own decisions even though they are heartbreakingly hard. To dare to love someone with the beating heart that Bella and Edward and Stevie and Lindsey love each other, for eternity.
Find out more about First Came Forever and the love story between Erica and Sasha here: anniewoodsbooks
(By the way, I just have to say how much I love James Corden too. His Carpool Karaoke is just adorable, so many feelgood moments it's just unbelievable. If you by any chance have missed this phenomena, you should defnitely check it out here: The Carpool Karaoke Playlist- The Late Late Show with James Corden)
Hi! I'm Annie, a Swedish bookworm, YA addict and coffee lover, who writes romantic YA books in English. I'm the author of the Angelheart Saga series (First Came Forever and Forever Disguised).
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The Angelheart Saga Bookmark Collection
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Listen to the First Came Forever playlist created by Tea With Rose's Tomes!