Prism Book Alliance would like to thank Shira Anthony for taking the time to talk with us today.
Author: Shira Anthony
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
GRL and Singing
Thanks, Brandilyn and Prism Book Alliance for inviting me for the lead up to GRL 2014. It’s great to be here, and I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to Chicago this October.
I’m smack dab in the middle of celebrating the release of Dissonance, the latest novel in my Blue Notes Series of music-themed gay romances from Dreamspinner Press, so I thought I’d pick up the theme of music, since it’s a perfect tie-in to GRL 2014. You see, it just so happens I’m going to be singing at GRL!
I’ve been writing about music since I was first published back in 2010. Sure, I also love to write fantasy, and I have a particular soft spot in my heart for the mermen in my Mermen of Ea Series (also from Dreamspinner). But there’s something about the Blue Notes books that none of my other stories have in such a large measure: they’re part of me. The Blue Notes books are based in part on some of my own experiences as a professional classical musician. There’s a little piece of me in each one, and Dissonance is no exception.
Dissonance is the story of Lord Cameron “Cam” Sherrington, whom readers of the series will remember as opera singer Aiden Lind’s cheating boyfriend from Aria. When I wrote Aria, I didn’t originally plan on telling Cam’s story. But as that book evolved, I began to realize there was far more to Cam—a reason why he acted the way he acted to Aiden. Suddenly I knew I had to write his story. And what a story it turned out to be, complete with some deeply personal themes, not all of them music-related.
Dissonance is as much about learning to accept yourself as it is about music. In Galen Rusk, Cam finds a teacher to lead him on a journey of the soul. With Galen’s help, Cam is able to begin the long journey toward accepting himself and moving on from the ghosts of his past. And while Cam’s experiences as a child are far more jarring than my own, I’ve know people who have lived Cam’s abusive childhood, and I’ve dedicated the book to them.
Each Blue Notes book has a musical heart and soul. In that sense, they really do mirror my own heart and soul. Although I gave up singing professionally more than 15 years ago, music is still part of my everyday life. It continues to inspire my writing, and it continues to be something precious to me. In the Blue Notes books, I can share my experiences and hopefully draw the reader into the universe of music and musicians, the bad and the good.
In October, I’ll be sharing a bit of my music with GRL participants. I’ve managed to convince my wonderful accompanist from my conservatory days to make the trip from my old hometown of Cleveland to Chicago. We’ll share a few show tunes, a few opera arias, and even some torch songs with GRL attendees. Maybe even some of the music that appears in the Blue Notes books. After we finish our mini-concert, the lovely Lane Hayes will be joining us for some karaoke fun and prizes. Want to hear what I sounded back when I sang professionally? Click here for a live recording of me singing Tosca.
The thought of singing again is nerve-wracking and a little overwhelming for me, but through my writing I’ve made peace with having given up my singing career. So it seems only fitting that I’d share the music of my own life with readers and authors, if only because writing about music has helped me come to terms with my choice to give up singing all those years ago.
If you’re attending GRL, I hope you’ll join me and Lane as we inject a little music into the mix! In the meantime, to get you all into the swing of things, you may want to pick up one of the Blue Notes Series books and get a taste of what being a professional musician is all about! You can find them on Amazon, Dreamspinner Press, AllRomanceEbooks, and Barnes & Noble. I hope to see you at GRL! –Shira
Prism recently reviewed Dissonance. You can find the review here.
About the Author:
Shira Anthony was a professional opera singer in her last incarnation, 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 35’ catamaran at the Carolina coast with her favorite sexy captain at the wheel.
Shira’s Blue Notes Series of classical music themed gay romances was named one of Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Word’s “Best Series of 2012,” and The Melody Thief was named one of the “Best Novels in a Series of 2012.” The Melody Thief also received an honorable mention, “One Perfect Score” at the 2012 Rainbow Awards.
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PS: Don’t forget about the Dissonance Blog Tour contest that’s going on right now! Here’s the link to the Rafflecopter giveaway:
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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