Tuesday, September 29, 2015

When A Song Sums Up Your Character

Music has always been a big part of writing a story for me. Whenever I’m working on a new book, I find myself cruising iTunes in search of the perfect song to sum up my story or character, and writing NO REGRETS was no exception. But the song I found that really epitomizes my main character, Cami, actually came from a good friend of mine—and one of my favorite writing cheerleaders. My friend Sarah was reading a very early draft of NO REGRETS when she sent a text telling me to check out the song Chandelier by Sia. From the very first line I knew this was the perfect song to go along with my story, and now every time I hear the chorus, I think of Cami:

I'm gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier
I'm gonna live like tomorrow doesn't exist
Like it doesn't exist
I'm gonna fly like a bird through the night, feel my tears as they dry
I'm gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier

We first met Cami in the first book, THE LIST, and at the time she seemed like a very carefree bubbly person. But as the story unfolds in NO REGRETS, we learn that she’s going through a very difficult time in her life. She’s starting college and trying to figure out who she is, but finding her way has become difficult because she can’t get over the tragic loss of her best friend or the promise she made Julie.

“I had big plans for college, and most of them involved being wild and crazy and making sure I had no regrets when I was old and gray. I had a promise to live up to, after all. One I’d made to Julie when we were only fifteen years old and I thought we both had our whole lives ahead of us.”

Even after meeting and falling for Liam, Cami finds herself unable to move forward. As a result she learns that trying to live her life for someone else does not make for a happy ending, and the mistakes Cami makes as a help to teach her some valuable lessons about life. And what regret really means.

Sun is up, I'm a mess
Gotta get out now, gotta run from this
Here comes the shame, here comes the shame

Thankfully, Cami has a close friend and ally in her cousin Ryan, who is there to hold her hand and help her understand what it really means to live life with no regrets.

“My goal in life is to have no regrets,” I said, trying to sound like the old me. The me who wasn’t swimming in guilt and self-doubt.

“You can still be safe and careful and have no regrets.”

He had a point. Ryan seemed pretty satisfied with himself, and he was so squeaky clean he’d be able to run for president one day if he wanted to. No way would the tabloids be able to dig up dirt on Ryan.


College is supposed to be fun…

Go to parties

Pick up guys

Maybe get in a little trouble

On the surface Cami is your average, wild teenager out to have a good time, but inside she’s struggling. Almost a year ago her best friend was in a car accident, an accident Cami feels responsible for. Since then, she’s made it her personal mission to experience everything life has to offer, both for herself and for Julie, who will never have fun again.

Then she meets Liam, her cousin’s sexy roommate. Hooking up with a hot British dude seems like the perfect way to start off the school year, but the more time she spends with him, the more she finds herself actually liking the guy. Which totally screws up her plans to live life with no regrets…

Author Bio:
Kate L. Mary is a stay-at-home mother of four and an Air Force wife. She grew up in a small town just north of Dayton, Ohio where she and her husband met at the age of twelve. Since their marriage in 2002, they have lived in Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and California. She currently resides in Oklahoma with her husband and children.

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