Myself in Blue: Main Characters’ Faces!

It’s been a long while since I last draw, but I guess some things we never forget how to do, even though we might get a bit rusty at them…

I’ve been trying to put on paper how I picture Scott Goodwin and Sunday Oshiro Morning, the main characters of my next novel, Myself in Blue. Today I finally–kind of–got it. The result is this (not perfect, I know, but close to what’s in my brain!):

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Sunday

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Scott

 And now, for the  couple of you still with me and wanting to know more about the novel, here’s the blurb*:

Sunday Morning is nineteen and recently diagnosed with Osteosarcoma. She finds it fair: a deathly cancer to pay for her sins.

The fourth of five daughters, Sunday could never overcome the jealousy she felt for her sisters, especially the youngest and her Rett Syndrome with all the attention she required. She knows her resentment and rebellion as a wayward teen brought tragedy to her family, but never learned exactly the extent. Self-exiled in Brazil living a hard life of penitence for five years, she finally feels it’s possible to come back and try to mend things.

Scott Goodwin writes bestseller biographies and always dreamed of writing about his idol, Grandma’s Eye’s vocalist, Iris Morning. The singer and her husband, Douglas Oshiro, have been reclusive since 1984, when their famous psychedelic rock band announced a surprising halt. Scott is thrilled when Iris finally agrees to let him write the book and even more so when she explains why. She hopes the bio will help finding her daughter Sunday and rebuild her shattered family.

It is Sunday, however, who finds Scott. Still too mortified to face her family, she offers her story to Scott in exchange for inside information about them. Scott has no idea how intensely the deal will change their lives when he agrees.

Through her own family’s history, from the first Oshiros and Mornings, WWII impact on her ancestors and the struggle to form the band despite Iris’ abusive stepfather—the chain of events that led to the band’s success, the birth of a new generation, and the night that changed everything—Scott will try to show Sunday nobody is perfect, and perhaps everything happens for a reason.

Sunday and Scott may not have much time, with her diagnosis and the fact she doesn’t feel worthy of redemption, but he will not give up easily. Scott has become Sunday’s only link to the past, and perhaps her only chance to have a future.

 *Visit Myself in Blue’s Goodreads page (Cover reveal will happen soon!)

 

 

 

 

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How Mama Cass inspired my novel

I’m usually listening to Cass Elliot‘s inspiring voice while writing. Ellen Naomi Cohen, her real name, is my favorite singer.

In fact, I think she should be everyone’s favorite singer. She had it all – an amazing voice, creativity, joy for life… Her daughter, Owen Vanessa Elliot-Kugell can certainly tell you all about her better than I’d be able to, so please go to her official website to learn more about this wonderful woman: casselliot.com

Sadly, she died before I was even born. But she continues inspiring me every day. I’m working in a coming-of-age novel called My Sore Hush-a-Bye. The title is inspired by a traditional American Lullaby called All the pretty little horsesMama Cass recorded a version of that song with The Big Three.

I was starting on this manuscript  and had some ideas about what I was going to tell, but wasn’t completely sure. I was debating about the main character motivation/drama with myself when this song started playing. I heard the lullaby and knew immediately what was going to happen to her, and how.

Camille, the main character, is a fragile sixteen-year-old girl. Another dark, twisted and damaged character I’ve been torturing in order to write a -hopefully- great novel. Well, Camille loves Cass Elliot as much as I do. This is how she describes her relationship with the famous late singer:

“And most of all, there was her voice, the woman who sang to me for all those years, comforting me since that first day with Uncle Bob, going into my core and caressing my soul from the inside out…Mama Cass. Her inspiring voice is my safe place, where I can go to escape, ‘cause she makes all the darkness bearable…she puts light where there was none.

I’d love nothing more than see her, tell her all of it. And yet I will never be able to do so. Her hair reminds me of my mother’s, I believe. I could be mixing them together into one person, because I don’t really remember my mother much. But I remember brushing her hair once—perhaps one of the last memories I have of her before she left—and I could swear it was just like Mama Cass’ when I saw her in a picture.”

I’m deeply grateful to Cass Elliot and her gorgeous voice for inspiring me each day. Want to listen for yourself? Please Visit Amazon’s Cass Elliot Store.

What about you? What inspires you? Share, you might inspire someone else!

I think it’s going to rain…

Copyright © 2012 by Renata F. Barcelos
All rights reserved worldwide. No part may be reproduced without written permission.

Important: Never use lyrics in your writing if you don’t have the right to do so. Lyrics are copyrighted  material. In my case, I’m using a public domain lyric, since this lullaby is of an unknown author and over 100 years old.