Today readers we have author Julie Cannon and her country western read "Twang" here on The Phantom Paragrapher with a thanks to Pump Up Your Books.
Synopsis : Twang - Julie Cannon -October 2012
Twenty-three-year-old Jennifer Clodfelter believes she is destined to be a country music star. When her passion, determination and homemade demo tape were rejected by every music label in Nashville, she refused to give up. In just three years, a combination of guts and raw talent have propelled her on a journey of fame beyond her best dream. Now Jennifer has all she ever wanted, only to discover that there is a dark side to the glitz and number one hits. She will have to decide whether to sing her pain to a loving audience or find the courage to face the music in the private studio of her heart.
YOU CAN’T BE HAPPY AND WRITE A GOOD
STORYby Julie L. Cannon, author of Twang
The human brain craves stories. We
read in order to understand life. We read to find out how others wrestled,
struggled, and survived, how they found hope in the valleys. If we can read how
someone clung to their dreams when they were met with adversity, it gives us
courage to cling to ours.
A writer’s most powerful voice comes
from their deepest wounds. Writing teacher Donald Maass said something I keep
by my keyboard, “These novels change us because their authors are willing to
draw upon their deepest selves without flinching. They hold nothing back.”
When I was a junior in college, the
bicycle I was riding was struck by a car. While visiting various neurologists
because of a traumatic brain injury, I saw folks sitting in wheelchairs,
staring vacantly with drool running out of their mouths, and I knew, “There but
for the grace of God go I.” Time passed, and after much therapy, I started
asking a lot of questions about life. It was a brand new, earth-shaking
experience that blew the door wide open to my soul. I’m sure you’ve heard
people say it was their suffering that made them see things differently. That
in the depths of despair, the valley, they discovered that what they’d once
lived for, what they’d put their hope in, was no longer enough. This was true
for me, and now I’m out to share this through my books. My characters find
grace, even beauty in the ugliest memories and events.
I love telling stories and I love
country music. Conway Twitty says, “A good country song takes a page out of
somebody’s life and puts it to music.” As I began writing Twang, I devoured the stories of country music stars. One comment I
came across constantly is- “You can’t
be happy and write good songs.” Every article by a musician had some comment
about how their great songs sprung from those tortured times in their past.
Brad Paisley said, “As a songwriter, heartbreak is important.” I thought about
that old axiom I learned in writing classes - stories about happy people are
boring. I had the formula for a successful country song and a good story.
I brought Nashville hopeful Jennifer
Clodfelter to the page. A 22-year-old woman from Blue Ridge, Georgia, she’s
running to Music City and away from her past. One thing that amazed me when I
went to Nashville for research is that there are many so-called ‘gentleman’s
clubs’ there. I was told this is because a lot of wanna-be female singers work
there to pay their rent, buy food while waiting for their big break.I included this in Twang, and I added a lecherous father, a beautician with a tattooed
past, and a manager who’s hungry for blockbuster hits at the expense of his
client. Jennifer is determined to leave her ugly past in the past. She
terrified to use those hurtful things to write songs.
I wrote Twang
to show how cathartic it is when we finally do look those painful memories
in the eye. How God can redeem the seemingly unredeemable. This novel shows how
a wounded country music diva uses her pain to create powerful hit songs that
touch others’ lives.
is a bestselling author, speaker and teacher. She believes that using your
memories to write autobiographical fiction is both cathartic and powerful, and
when Julie isn’t busy writing, she can be found leading memoir workshops,
encouraging others to encourage others on this journey called Life. Julie has
captured many awards in the ABA as well as the CBA. She loves growing flowers
and listening to country music at her home off Hog Mountain Road in
book is the Christian fiction novel, Twang.