♪ A love of music ♪

Hello Readers!!!

Long time no see right? Sorry…I have a million different things I’ve been trying to accomplish all at the same time lately. Okay, so maybe not a million, but a few too many for sure. And most of the time I can’t even decide which project I should start first, so instead I end up staring off into space rather than being productive. Silly, right?

I digress. 

So recently I’ve been asked what exactly “Echelon Out” means-the little thing I always use as my outro for every blog. Of course some things are better left unanswered, but in this case it’s a perfect opportunity for me to explain how music helped me write my novel Born in Flames.

My most favorite band is 30 Seconds to Mars (the photo above)! They continue to inspire the epicosity of the magic and suspenseful action that makes up the Born in Flames Trilogy. Heck, they are the definition of epicosity! (In my mind at least). The Echelon are the fans that follow them (and I am a HUGE fan), so it’s only fitting that I end my blogs as “Echelon out”-a disguised thank you to them. And if my novel ever hits the big screen, they are the band that I envision playing the theme song for the movie. But that’s just a dream of mine and I only give myself one dream at a time to achieve. My current dream is to go from e-book to paperback…:) I can achieve that by getting as many good reviews as possible, so I’m crossing my fingers that when my novel is finally released, people will fall in love with it and want to leave an awesome review. One can hope.

Any who, so aside from 30 Seconds to Mars being a huge part of what inspires me while writing, I wanted to name a few other bands that I listened to while writing Born in Flames. Paramore was a huge influence. Actually, the singer Hayley Williams, played a part in inspiring my main character Aurora Megalos, from the ruby-red hair down to the feisty personality. A few of their songs that played in my rotation while writing were: Adore, Breathe, Conspiracy, Crushcrushcrush, and Never Let This Go. I was always able to find the perfect song to fit the mood of the scene I was trying to write around Aurora and her feelings in that moment from their albums. 

Another band that was a constant go-to was Mutemath. The voice of the lead singer Paul Meany, helped inspire my other main character Fenn Lovick-Aurora’s best friend and roommate. Whenever their songs played in my rotation, Fenn became easy to visualize. The love songs written by Mutemath such as: You are Mine, Noticed, Clipping, and Pins and Needles, helped evolve Fenn’s love for Aurora from just friends, to someone he could see himself with forever. I wonder if these bands realized when writing these songs, how much of an impact they would have on people. For me it is a blessing. A tiny bud of an idea grew into a hearty tree of a story all thanks to their genius.

On a weird note though, the last main character of Born in Flames is Zordon-the arch-enemy of Aurora. He is the only character that I did not use music to inspire me for. I don’t really know why. Maybe it’s because he is so dark and demented and for him I had to tap into a place that music could never take me. Music lifts me up, makes me feel better even in my darkest mood, and I couldn’t very well accomplish Zordon’s twisted actions with a lovely song playing in the back ground. Actually, I don’t think there’s a song out there that could sum up his evil mind.

And on that happy note (lol), that about sums up the bands that helped inspire me while trying to get out what was swarming inside my mind. There were many other songs that I listened to while writing, but mostly these bands were the few that stuck out and helped me focus. So I leave you with a question: What big thing were you trying to do and what band helped you do it?

That being said, Echelon out ;)



Hey Everyone! 

To say it’s been awhile would be an understatement. My bestie and I just had our first Craft Fair which showcased our art from Fae Tis Moor last weekend, so we were busy preparing for that. In case you’re wondering, it went extremely well. We received a lot of positive feedback and are applying for another one in a couple of weeks. It feels good to finally be doing something I want to do as opposed to something I have to do. And it is only just the beginning. *Mischievous grin*

I digress.

So while I was at the Craft Fair, I came across another topic I wanted to blog about while baking in the sweltering Florida heat. My wonderful bestie thought it would be smart to put out printed copies of my cover with my publisher’s website on the back just to get the name out there. It sounded like a great idea, but what I failed to prepare for was the inevitable question that comes with asking a complete stranger to keep your novel in mind.

What is it about?


I was instantly tongue-tied as I tried to come up with a quick and interesting way to explain my story and my face burned with embarrassment. Instead of the pretty blurb I wrote while sitting behind my computer in the safety of my home, it came out as a bunch of mumbling, incomprehensible stutters. Not my shining moment. I realized that if I want to be successful, I’d need to get over my fears. *Sigh*

Point is…as you tackle one problem in life, another will always present itself. But rather than fumbling around and giving up because it’s not something you’re good at, take it as an opportunity to grow. Being shy is a problem I deal with day-to-day which can be mistaken for many other characteristics. It’s probably why I chose a profession that allows me to hide behind my imagination. So I refuse to let it hinder my career.

As the weekend wore on my confidence grew as strong as the smiles the customers wore while appreciating our art. I greeted them rather than evading them. I forced myself to try, and came out with a stronger outlook on how to best explain my work. I proved that with a little discomfort and effort, a lesson can be learned and hurdled. *Happy dance*

So with that being said, I leave you with a question. What problem have you had to tackle and how did you do it?

Echelon out ♥