Thursday, July 18, 2013

Guest Post + Spotlight ~ Born This Way by Poppy Dennison

Play It Again, Dayton

By Poppy Dennison

One of the most fun things about creating a new world is finding out what’s special about your characters. Music is a fun way to do this, and I thought I’d give you a little taste of some music that fits with the story and characters in my newest novella. 

The first one is obvious: Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” inspired the title of the story. I’d stumbled across a picture of a liger, an animal with a lion father and tiger mother, and I wondered what would happen if such a creature existed in the paranormal world. Ligers are BIG, twice the size of their parents, and I had a sneaky feeling an alpha wouldn’t want to have someone in their pack/pride who was so much bigger and stronger than they were. My liger, Hart, may have been born that way, but his own father didn’t want anything to do with him. 

Dayton Whitmore is a high school history teacher. He’s totally human, but he happens to be best friends with a were-lioness. We all know how much trouble we can get in with our best friends, right? I can imagine Dayton and Tawny dancing around the living room in their socks, singing into hairbrushes. Yeah, they might be in their late twenties, but are you ever too old to act the fool with your best friend by your side? I think not! So for Dayton and Tawny, I’d have them singing and dancing to Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”.

Hart Sherman, on the other hand, is way too serious for his own good. He’s focused and driven—so much so that when he was banished from his pride for being a mixed breed, he left behind his mate: His sister’s best friend Dayton. Hart is very involved in the music scene. He’s an entertainment lawyer after all, but I can’t see him listening to just any old music. It might distract him from his work! For Hart, I imagine him sitting behind his desk, late into the night. He’d have classical music playing in the background.

But what about Hart and Dayton? They’re about as opposite as can be, but what type of music would bring them together. It would have to be something fun to suit Dayton’s personality, but not too crazy or it would make Hart get all growly and grumpy. I think Hart and Dayton would go more indie. Ed Sheeran’s “Kiss Me” suits them perfectly. 

So what about you? Are you inspired by certain music? Is there a song you wish your favorite author would use as inspiration for their next book? 

Let me know what you think!

Dayton Whitmore injures his arm playing basketball with his lion-shifter friends, and his best friend asks Dayton to check on her estranged brother Hart while he’s in Atlanta visiting a specialist. Though Dayton and Hart were never close, he grudgingly agrees.

Banishment from his pride meant Hart Sherman could never see his family again. His liger heritage—a tiger mother and lion father—was a thorn in his alpha father’s side. He always planned to go back for Dayton, the man he knows is his mate, but he uses his career as an entertainment attorney as an excuse to avoid risking Dayton’s rejection. When Dayton shows up unannounced on his doorstep, Hart wants nothing more than to claim him.

Knowing what it means to be a lion’s mate, Dayton isn’t in any hurry to make a lifetime commitment. To convince Dayton he’s serious, Hart must come to terms with the circumstances of his birth—and find a place in the pride for them both.

About The Author

A sassy southern lady, Poppy Dennison developed an obsession with things that go bump in the night in her early years after a barn door flew off its hinges and nearly squashed her. Convinced it was a ghost trying to get her attention, she started looking for other strange and mysterious happenings around her. Not satisfied with what she found, Poppy has traveled to Greece, Malaysia and England to find inspiration for the burly bears and silver foxes that melt her butter. Her love of paranormal continues to flourish nearly thirty years later, and she writes steamy love stories about the very things that used to keep her up all night. If her childhood ghost is lucky, maybe one day she’ll give him his own happily ever after.

You can find out more about Poppy’s books on her website

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a great story, Poppy! I can't say I've read any shifter stories with ligers before!

    As someone who is guilty of still jumping around singing, I agree you're never too old, and music is certainly a great inspiration for me and my writing. If I'm writing contemporary, it's usually modern pop, rock, or ballads. If it's historical, usually instrumentals or ballads. They can be real powerful motivators!