Going home had never felt so wrong.
When Derrick received the phone call informing him of his mother’s death, it felt like the bottom had dropped out of his entire world. Gone was every hope and ideal he’d left home with, replaced with the bitter realization that he’d run out of time, run out of plans, and was desperately close to running out of give-a-damn.
It doesn’t help to come face to face with his older brother, Ray, who’d spent much of his childhood either ignoring him, ditching him, or complaining about his very existence. It’s enough to send him right back on the road again, or at least, it would have been, were it not for a house, a cat named Slash, and Mason, his best friend-with-benefits, now the head librarian in town and hot as sin.
It was hard enough leaving Mace in the first place, but a second time? He didn’t think he had it in him to be so heartless. Twelve years ago he’d slipped away under the cover of darkness, without even a single goodbye. Now, standing on the edge of night, looking down at the tiny town he’d fled, Derrick is left with one burning question:
Can the door to the past ever be closed enough to allow space for the future?
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Hi and thank you so much for hosting me and my latest novel, Tripping Over the Edge of Night, on Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews. Like so many of my other books, this one ended up with a rather unique playlist of songs that I tended to play on repeat while I was writing the story, only with this one, I deviated from my usual collection of classic rock and alternative, and drifted into acid rock, likely because it seemed to be Derrick’s favorite thing to listen to. I guess it helped that in inheriting his childhood home he also ended up inheriting his parents rather eclectic music collection, ranging from the more easily recognizable Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd to the lesser known Blue Cheer, The 13th Floor elevators, Country Joe and the Fish, Moby Grape and Strawberry Alarm Clock.
It was wonderful reconnecting with music I hadn’t listened to consistently since before I headed off to college, in addition to discovering a few bands I’d never heard of. It took me back to those days of sitting up in my attic loft listening to the albums my father had given me on an old record player, the scratchy rough tones filling the room as I drew and daydreamed. I still have those records, the player, however, didn’t survive the years, which is actually where the scene of Derrick in the garage trying to fix his mother’s old record player stems from, right down to the mention of the album left on the turntable when it died.
Kenny Roger’s The Gambler was my mother’s favorite album, and while it didn’t fit the psychedelic theme of the other music Derrick was listening too, it was a nod to my own mother’s favorite album, just as mention of the brothers going inside to watch the their mother’s favorite movie, 9 to 5, was also a nod to my mom. Whenever I write, I draw from the moments of my life, however small, like these. It gives me a deeper connection to the characters and besides, its rather difficult to write something I’ve never experienced. Imagination can only take me so far, but the wonderful part about this writing journey has been all of the things I’ve gotten to go out and do in the name of crafting a believable scene.
Though I must say that while some of those experiences have been amazing, others, like dancing in neon lights in a cage over thirty feet off the ground was a bit scary at first, but I think, in the end, it will be well worth it when that novel comes out.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
LAYLA DORINE lives among the sprawling prairies of Midwestern America, in a house with more cats than people. She loves hiking, fishing, swimming, martial arts, camping out, photography, cooking, and dabbling with several artistic mediums. In addition, she loves to travel and visit museums, historic, and haunted places.
Layla got hooked on writing as a child, starting with poetry and then branching out, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. Hard times, troubled times, the lives of her characters are never easy, but then what life is? The story is in the struggle, the journey, the triumphs and the falls. She writes about artists, musicians, loners, drifters, dreamers, hippies, bikers, truckers, hunters and all the other folks that she’s met and fallen in love with over the years. Sometimes she writes urban romance and sometimes its aliens crash landing near a roadside bar. When she isn’t writing, or wandering somewhere outdoors, she can often be found curled up with a good book and a kitty on her lap.
Layla is the author of Guitars and Cages, Guitars and Choices, Gypsy’s Rogue, Desolation Angel, …And All Shall Fade to Black, Midnight musicals and Coffee Ice Cream, Roadhouse Reds, Serpent’s Kiss, Racing the Sky, Broken Prince Mismatched Eyes, and Burning Luck.
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