This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Jackie will be awarding gift baskets to two randomly drawn commenters which will include:
- a copy of the Untitled soundtrack
- a "I like Big Books and I cannot Lie" totebag
- Untitled themed or guitar shaped keychains
- $20 Amazon gift card.
I believe authors learn something from every character that they create. What I have learned from Aiden, the main character in Untitled, is something that I probably learned from my mother years ago. I just did not realize the importance of this sound piece of advice. The most likely scenario is that she told it to me as a teen and I conveniently ignored it because that is exactly what teenagers do.
However, it is probably the best advice in the world. That is “No is never the final answer” or “Don’t let the word NO ever be the final answer”. I don’t remember the exact wording, just the concept.
In Untitled, Aiden has incredible drive and a fierce determination to make his dreams come true. He does not let the word NO stop him. When people said no, he could not play blues music because of his background or that he should not love the person he loved, he pushed forward and ignored the naysayers.
As I was writing these types of situations for Aiden, I found myself admiring his determination and strength. It was something that I found that I was lacking an abundance of. As an author, determination plays a crucial role in your success. There are pitfalls and struggles, and rejection but it is imperative that you never give up.
While I hadn’t completely lost hope that I’d be a published author, I was running out of steam. The publishing industry is a tough play and I just happened to decide to pursue my dream of being an author during the Harry Potter, teenage vampire era. I’m a contemporary romance author and publishers just weren’t looking in that direction. There were times when I felt I was writing just because I wanted to finish Aiden’s story.
Aiden is a tough little cookie. He saw every door that was being slammed in his face, every NO like that person was missing out on the opportunity to be a part of something extraordinary. I adopted that same attitude.
Like I mentioned, I’m sure my mother taught me that at some point in my younger years but I had to see it for myself, and I saw it in Aiden Tyler, my favorite character of all the ones that I have ever created.
About the Author:
Jackie studied at Georgia State University and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia. When she’s not writing or daydreaming, she can often be found drooling over the latest Chanel shoes or reading on her Kindle with a cup of coffee in hand and a little Mayer or Hendrix in the background.
Her characters are a reflection of the people she has encountered along her writing journey and her books are often inspired by her favorite thing, music.
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For some, music is an escape from the every day norm.
For Aiden, it's his life's blood.
Already a star in his own mind & with the help of an unlikely partner, Aiden's escape from a life less ordinary begins with the blues and a guitar. Only he can determine where it ends.