Young Adult / New Adult
Release Date: 3/27/18
The complete, highly-rated, six book Heavy Influence Series. Where love makes and breaks the music. Heavy Influence takes you on a heart thumping journey through the trials and tribulations of a rising rockstar who reaches unimaginable fame, yet the only thing his heart desires is having the love of his life by his side. From angsty teenagers and forbidden love to lusty twenty-somethings, Jake & Alyssa will endure more than love and loss. Their happily-ever-after will bring more than bargained for.
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Seeing her standing curbside at Heathrow was hard for me to believe. She was bundled up in a snug-fitting black wool coat. Her head was down, and she didn’t notice me pulling up. She looked different, taller and more beautiful than I’d imagined. She wasn’t the tear-streaked girl I left standing in the driveway. Her face had thinned out a bit and her hair was lighter and longer. She’d grown into herself, and the picture and video chatting images only told half the story. She was radiant. I sat there staring at her for several seconds. I had to admit I was nervous. This was her idea. I knew the inevitable was near, and it had me locked in. Knowing nothing could keep us apart had my mind spinning out of control with the possibilities of our future and the little box sitting in my nightstand drawer.
“Hey Alycat.” I got out of the car. She didn’t hear me at first. “Yo, Alycat!” I said louder.
“Oh my God, Jake,” she said, breathless. She beamed and my knees went weak. I was shaking from the excitement.
As if no time had passed, she threw herself onto me, hugging me tight. I took her face into my hands. The sound of her sigh made me want to take her right then and there. We stood, making out, until the airport cop pulled us from our love-drunk haze.
She’d never been to London, and she was wide-eyed with excitement as we made our way through the tight cobble-stoned streets of my temporary neighborhood. She marveled at how small the cars were. –
“They look like oversized roller-skates,” She mused. She would be with me for only a week, and rambled on about how she wanted to squeeze in every possible thing before she left.
I couldn’t take my eyes off of her.
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About the Author:
Thanks for doing an interview! Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey? As with many, it all started with a dream. I took my kid to a Jonas Brothers concert and it all exploded from there. I began touring with young bands and their families, to really get into the nitty-gritty life of going after “the dream.” One of the bands actually is making it big, Bad Suns. The frontman, Christo Bowman, has become like a son to me. I met him at 14 and now he’s 23. Strange thing is, as I was writing this series, some of the things I wrote about, happened. For instance I named the love interest Aly (short for Alyssa) and Christo ended up falling in love with a girl named Ally – weird. They are still together and making it. My extensive interviews and being a fly on the wall during travel and recording sessions really played into the backdrop of the story. I mean, when you think about the songs/music out there being produced – 90% of them are about love, tragic or finding your forever.
How many books do you currently have published? I’ve published 7, all belonging to my Heavy Influence series about an up and coming rockstar who falls for the girl next door. From teenage forbidden love to lusty twenty-somethings, their love story comes with more than bargained for.
What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why? The entire Heavy Influence series was awesome to write, but if I had to pick one it would be Broken Notes. That book is when it all comes to a real head, the wheels totally fall off with the bandmates and love, and you wonder if any of what’s happening can be mended, healed or put back together. I’m happy to be moving on to other stories now though.
Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release? I just finished writing my first book that’s not about a rockstar. hahaha. It’s a YA tale, and a bit of a secret right now as it makes the rounds. I’m hoping to have news about it sooner than later. But a hint is: The one person you can’t stand, ends up being the one who stands by you. Think – Pride and Prejudice meets Confessions of a Shopaholic.
What do you enjoy most about writing? The dreaming – where anything is possible.
Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it? I actually don’t get writer’s block. It’s finding the time to write. I do like to take breaks and think about where the story is going, but I don’t consider it a block. I have so many stories that are half written, because I get so inspired by so much. I’m surprised I finish any one story at all. haha.
Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you? YES!!! Omg… totally. I love how my characters end up surprising you like real people.
Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why? Hmm. Great question. It’s interesting because there is actually a little of me in all of my characters, and since I’m older and more of an extrovert, I’ve lived many lives and have been probably too cavalier in my life haha. I’d have to say my Heavy Influence character – Jake, my hunky rockstar. He’s so unbelievably flawed, but you root for him because he can’t get out of his own way. He’s like so many people I’ve met and love/loved in my life. I can’t say I have a “least favorite” – meaning I don’t like some of the things they’ve done, or do, but they all come around and become better people. However I am writing a thriller right now, and I hate the bad guy, and I can’t wait for my protagonist to torture him – I’m writing “my crazy” right now. hahahaha.
So far, what has been your favorite scene to write? My first stab at Urban Fantasy / Magical Realism that I’m also writing right now – the scenes taking place at Hearst Castle, in California – which is the backdrop of the story. I seriously can’t wait for this one to release someday.
What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers? Hire a great editor. Invest in one. Get recommendations. I had no idea what I was doing in the beginning. I’ll always say – INVEST in an editor. If you’re serious about your writing and want to get better.
If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why? I’d have to say start with the very first book I published – Heavy Influence: Skid Out – it’s perma-free, so go grab it. There’s nothing like young love, or your first infatuation, or your parents telling you that you can’t have a boyfriend.
Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read? I love the Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin. Harry Potter is a huge. I’m actually reading the screenplay Fantastic Beasts right now (I went to school for screenwriting so…haha). Contemporary, I love anything by Katie McGarry, or Tammara Webber. I have to say my all time faves aren’t YA or NA. There is The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova and just recently, The Nightingale. I’m reading How To Stop Time by Matt Haig and I’m loving it.
What about television shows? Movies? Any 80’s flick – specially the teenage ones by John Hughes – The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles etc. I loved American Horror Story.
Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life? Why? I would have to say most recently, The Nightingale – WWII France. The writing is beautiful and there is something about “based on true stories”. Also The Outsiders from my teen years. That story never gets old. I can still recite the poem at the end. “Stay gold, Ponyboy.”
Can readers find you at any live events, such as book signings or conventions? I plan on doing a few in 2019. Right now I’m traveling a lot for a couple of book series research. So my money and time is going there. I really can’t write a story without seeing the land and places with my own eyes, and talking to the people. Also, my kid just started playing college sports, and I’m traveling to see her. So YES! 2019!
If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say? Coffee. Yoga. Write. Wine. Repeat. I love writing stories about real people, real feelings; adventures, and spinning them into something fantastical too. lol. Sorry, that’s more than ten!
Do you have anything else you’d like to share with readers? Happy Reading! xoxo – oh and don’t forget to download my perma-free book: Heavy Influence: Skid Out (avail. on most online retailers) and if you join my Newsletter – I’ll mail you some free swag: http://crea.tf/amfrohoffnewsletter