Leo Shutter is the bassist for the band Flash. He's been touring mid-sized cities playing bars, waiting for the band's big break. He's never been a chick magnet--he leaves that to the band's frontman & guitarist Anthony Marco, and the drummer Geno Seretti.
Mia Vane, a recent college graduate with a masters degree in ancient literature, slings drinks to make ends meet while she teaches three sections of collegiate literature during the day.
When Mia and Leo have an immediate, undeniable connection, things heat up in cool places over the course of the weekend.
Leo wears his emotions on his sleeve and sulks as they travel to their next destination. After a deep conversation with Geno about life, love, and music Leo decides Mia is the one—which inspires the best lyrics he’s ever written.
Will Leo and Mia connect in a harmonious convergence or resolve to a bitter life without the other?
Mia and Leo have been two of my favorite characters to write. While their story is relatively short–under 50K–their story burns hot.
So, I thought I’d give a little background on my inspiration for Manhattan Melody.
Dream cast: a bearded Ryan Gosling (with darker hair) and Natalie Portman.
Writing playlist: my a capella channel on Pandora.
- “You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon
- “After You” by Meg Myers
- “Lacrimosa” from Mozart’s Requiem
- “Faithfully” by Journey
- “November Rain” by Guns & Roses
- “Bed of Roses” by Bon Jovi
- “Home Sweet Home” by Motley Crue
- “Every Rose has its Thorn” by Poison
- “Open Arms” by Journey
- “Alone” by Heart
- “Coffee Shop” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
- “Voodoo Child” by Jimi Hendrix
- “Imagine” by John Lennon
- “Xanadu” by Rush
- “Harry Potter” theme
- “Anything Could Happen” by Ellie Goulding
- “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne
- “Love to Love You, Baby” by Donna Summer
- “I’d Rather be with You” by Joshua Radin
- “In Your Room” the Bangles
- “Crazy in Love” (remix) by Beyonce
- “Young and Beautiful” by Lana Del Rey
- “Nothing Compares to U” by Sinead O’Connor
- “Better Together” by Jack Johnson
- “Hey Ho” by the Lumineers
- “Marry Me” by Train
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