Please welcome Anna Zabo to the blog today chatting about her latest book Daily Grind!
One of the things that I admire about other writers is their ability to do things like come up with playlists for their books or create blogs or detailed Pinterest boards for their characters…
…I’m kind of hopeless at that stuff. I did make a Pinterest board for Daily Grind, but it’s not exactly exciting? I don’t know.
The biggest problem with playlists is that listening to music and me writing don’t get along all that well. I know some writers make soundtracks to listen to while they’re writing their books—music and songs that strike the tone and the mood they’re trying to achieve. I think that’s great, and man I wish I could do that. Problem is, if I can understand the lyrics, the words bypass by brain and come out my fingertips while I’m writing. It’s not really conducive to writing a hot sex scene when 80s pop starts rolling out of your hands and onto the page! Trust me on that.
I do listen to music when I think about writing or I’m mentally working on a plot—usually in the car when I’m driving. Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of Midge Ure and Ultravox, plus Marc Almond’s album The Stars We Are. But occasionally, my brain will throw random songs into the mix, like Love is a Battlefield by Pat Benatar, and I end up singing them under my breath while at work.
I suppose those do influence my writing somewhat, since I could totally see Rob singing shit under his breath like I do.
Most of where Daily Grind was written was either the office in my house or at my local coffee shop, The Coffee Buddha. The latter is the reason I kept coming up with interesting coffee drinks while writing the book—I always had some kind of wonderful coffee creation in front of me.
All the coffee puns came out of my brain fully formed. I’m kind of like that normally, though I’m far less on the ball. I’ll think of great things to say, then trip over my own mouth and the moment is gone. Thank goodness the guys in my books didn’t inherit that trait from me!
So that’s me and music and a little of what influences my writing.
I’d LOVE to come up with book playlists, but…it’s just not going happen, since my musical tastes are generally stuck in an era and my fingers can only deal with input from one source at a time.
So, if you have suggestions for songs that would be PERFECT for any of my men, please, please, please send me the artists and titles and save me from myself! I’d love to expand my musical horizons!
A man discovers that love can show up when you least expect it—and in a much different form—in this piping-hot romance from the author of Due Diligence and Just Business.
Brian Keppler, owner of Ground N’At, the coffee shop beneath SR Anderson Consulting, doesn’t have time for a relationship. His most recent girlfriend broke up with him because he’d become married to his shop, which is falling apart without his favorite barista, Justin.
As he struggles to stay afloat, the arrival of handsome British high-tech whiz Robert Ancroft becomes another complication. Rob quickly becomes a fixture at the shop with his sharp wit and easy charm, and Brian soon finds himself looking forward more and more to Rob’s visits—to the point where his heart skips a beat when he walks in.
But will Brian be able to come to terms with his previously unexplored sexual identity and find happiness now that he has a chance?
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Anna Zabo writes contemporary and paranormal romance for all colors of the rainbow and believes passionately that happy ever afters are for everyone. Anna lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.