As announced I am so happy to present you my author interview with Avon Gale according her new release The Love Song of Sawyer Bell.
The book tells the sexy F/F story of Sawyer Bell and Victoria “Vix” Vincent and it’s full of hot scenes, cool music & an amazing bi representation & talk about sexuality in general. ❤
This post contains an excerpt (different from the one I’ve already posted ;)), a giveaway and of course the interview.
The release day blitz post, including my review, can be read here.
Happy reading. :3
First I want to say a huge thank you, that Avon agreed to this cool interview. ❤ I had so much fun and I hope you are as excited to read her answers. But enough of the prelude, here we go:
1) Where does this idea came from? Why music? Your other books are mostly sports romances (Hockey) or contemporary.
I’m actually a huge music fan and go to a lot of concerts! My favorite genre of music is Americana/Alt-Country, which is the same genre I set the Tour Dates books in, and I actually got the idea for the book while I was at a Lydia Loveless show. She became my inspiration for Vix, including the messy purple hair.
2) The book is about a violist. Do you play yourself any instrument? Also/if not: what music are you most fond of? Do you prefer classics or modern music?
I can play not one single instrument. I have small hands and no patience, LOL! But I can kinda sing, as in, I’m all right in a group or while playing Rock Band/singing Karaoke. I honestly like all kinds of music, but Americana/Alt-Country is where my heart and soul live. But I love classical music, old-school country-western, you name it.
3) What were the inspirations for Sawyer and Victoria (Vix)? Did you had models in mind? Maybe any musicians? If yes, who?
I did indeed! Vix is based on Lydia Loveless, and Sawyer is based loosely on Amanda Shires, who’s both a singer and a fiddle player.
4) So far the most books of your books are M/M, what do you think is the major difference between those two (besides the gender)? Or aren’t there any? What are you thinking are the challenges in writing F/F?
Well, romance is romance, and I’m invested in writing happy endings for everybody! As a bisexual person, I definitely wanted to write a bisexual MC and examine some issues/stereotypes of bisexuality from both within the community and outside of it. I also just really love writing people becoming friends, and writing that aspect of Vix and Sawyer’s story was probably my favorite, to be honest. I think the world needs more stories of women being supportive to each other, with or without a romantic element. But I also want more romances with positive bisexual rep out there, too.
5) General book question: If you had to choose which book of yours is your favorite and why? (1-2 sentences are enough for the why :))
I’m never sure how to answer this, because I feel like I’m saying which of my children I like the best, LOL. I’m actually really fond of Conversation Hearts, which is a short story, because writing short stories is so hard. But novel-length, probably Empty Net. I worked through some personal stuff in that book, and it was a really positive experience. And I always love writing Isaac Drake!
6) What movies about music are your favorites?
So I primarily watch horror movies, but my favorites about music are probably a few documentaries – the one about the Drive-By Truckers (‚Secret to a Happy Ending‘) and „The Ballad of Shovels and Rope“ are probably my faves.
7) Last question: So far you have written books with Roan Parish (Heart of the Steal) and Piper Vaughn (Permanent Ink; another is in the pipeline: Off the Ice, coming 10/30). Which author would you love to co-write with? Or are your wishes so far fulfilled?
I love co-writing! Happily I’m writing more books with both Piper and Roan, so I haven’t scared them off forever with my wordiness or the way I use the word „Just“ 28253315 times per manuscript. I’d love to write a book with so many authors – Cat Sebastian (I keep trying to sneakily suggest a historical hockey romance, LOL), Jordan Castillo Price are two of my favorites.
8) Additional question: which is your most beloved author (or which author-combo)? Any genre, any trope. 🙂
My favorite author is Shirley Jackson, and my favorite book is The Haunting of Hill House. In romance, it’s probably Jayne Ann Krentz (who writes historicals as Amanda Quick) because I’ve read every book of hers since I was a kid. I’m also obsessed with Nora Sakovic’s „Foxhole Court“ series, which I highly recommend if you haven’t read!
Thank you so much, Avon, for this awesome interview. ❤
Title: The Long Song of Sawyer Bell
Author: Avon Gale
Series: Tour Dates # 1
Genre: F/F Romance, Contemporary, Musicians
Release Date: September 25, 2017
Cover Design: Natasha Snow
Lenght: 234 pages
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Victoria “Vix” Vincent has only two weeks to find a replacement fiddle player for her band’s summer tour. When classically trained violinist Sawyer Bell shows up for an audition, Vix is thrilled. Sawyer is talented, gorgeous, funny, and excited about playing indie rock instead of Beethoven. Their friendship soon blossoms into romance, even though Vix tries to remember that Sawyer’s presence is only temporary.
Sawyer’s parents think she’s spending the summer months touring Europe with a chamber ensemble. But Sawyer is in dire need of a break from the competitiveness of Juilliard, and desperately wants to rediscover her love of music. Going on tour with her secret high school crush is just an added bonus. Especially when Vix kisses her one night after a show, and they discover that the stage isn’t the only place they have chemistry.
But the tour won’t last forever, and as the summer winds down, Sawyer has to make a tough decision about her future—and what it means to follow her heart.
Quotes from Avon Gale about the book:
Writing Sawyer and Vix’s love story was such a joy – I loved writing two passionate, determined women coming together as friends and eventually lovers, set amongst my favorite musical genre and on the open road. It’s a road trip romance, a friends-to-lovers romance and a story about loving who you are, what you do, and the people who speak to your heart.
Excerpt (the first meeting of Sawyer & Vix)
The girl who walked in for the next audition looked like she’d gotten lost on the way to band practice, with her summer dress; long, straight brown hair worn past her shoulders; and perfect-length fringe bangs. Vix envied girls who could pull off bangs. She looked like she was ten when she tried having them, even with the purple hair.
“What’s your name?” Vix thought that the girl looked vaguely familiar—but that might be because she looked wholesome enough to be in a soap commercial, or maybe a Cover Girl poster at Target.
“Sawyer Bell,” she said.
“Cool name,” said Vix. “Nice to meet y’all.” Sawyer cleared her throat and held up the violin case. “Should I play?”
“Wait, you do understand this tour runs through August, right?” Vix asked, because in addition to looking like she should be working at Ann Taylor LOFT, Sawyer had to be a college student.
Sawyer nodded. “I don’t have to be back at school until September.”
“Where do you go to school? University of Tennessee?” That was where Vix assumed people from around here went to college. Most everyone she’d gone to high school with had moved from Germantown to Knoxville, if they’d done the whole college thing.
“Um.” The girl ducked her head like she was embarrassed. “Juilliard, actually.”
Juilliard . . . as in, the performing arts school? Whoa. Vix waved her on. “Okay, well, show us what you’ve got.”
Sawyer opened the violin case and took out her instrument, which was a lot nicer than anyone else’s—including Bryant’s. The wood on the body was shined to perfection, gorgeous in the flickering fluorescent light of the basement. Sawyer moved so she was standing in the little audition space they’d arranged by moving the furniture. “Any requests?”
“Something good?” Connor offered, and Vix snorted a laugh.
“Whatever,” said Vix. She didn’t want to get too excited. Just because Sawyer was talented enough to get into Juilliard, didn’t mean she’d be any good at playing their kind of music. Okay, no, it probably did, but damn it. Vix didn’t want to get her hopes up that this sweet, polite girl was somehow also a violin virtuoso.
Except she totally was. Sawyer started to play, and it became quickly apparent that she was not only better than everyone else who’d shown up to audition by a country mile . . . she was better than their actual fiddle player. Sure, she was playing something classical and boring, but the technique was undeniable. She had that spark too; the one that said, I know music, I love music, and I will play the shit out of it.
Not only that, but performing turned Sawyer from a shy girl with too-long hair and a summer dress into . . . well, a musician. She closed her eyes and swayed with the notes, her body falling into the rhythm of the bow moving across the strings. The music was pulled out of her in the same way Vix felt when she was singing, when all the words tumbled from her like a storm. Sawyer bit her bottom lip between her teeth as if losing herself in the music, and it was beautiful.
Author bio – Avon Gale
Avon Gale was once the mayor on Foursquare of Jazzercise and Lollicup, which should tell you all you need to know about her as a person. She likes road trips, rock concerts, drinking Kentucky bourbon and yelling at hockey. She’s a displaced southerner living in a liberal midwestern college town, and she never gets tired of people and their stories—either real or the ones she makes up in her head.
Avon is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan at Handspun Literary Agency.
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