Thank you so much for joining me Luke! Tell me where you do find inspiration for your music.
Hi, thanks for having me. I find inspiration in everyday moments like two people falling in love, a blazing sunset or the simple act of human kindness. Sounds corny but there is an endless supply of inspiration if you keep your mind and heart open.
That’s not corny at all. I like a man who is in touch with his emotions. Recently, it was revealed you have a four year old daughter named Nil. Why did you feel like you had to hide her from the public eye?
Sighs* While the life I lead is a dream come true, it does have it’s draw backs. Luckily, I am not hassled 24/7 by the media but nonetheless; I wanted to shield my daughter from the critique of the masses as long as I could. Nil is a bright little girl who is wise beyond her years. The least I could do is give her a normal life after walking out on her and her mother.
Correct me if I am wrong but it seems like that is one of your biggest regrets. How are you making up for lost time?
I can’t get back the moments I lost with my daughter. I can only build new ones so we go on a lot of adventures together. Yesterday much to Nil’s mom displeasure, we had a water fight in the backyard. We got soaking wet and ran around for hours. Seeing pure happiness on Nil’s face made my year.
That is adorable. Ok , moving on from your family life back to life as a musician. You have toured all around the world with your band. Which city or town is your favorite?
That’s a hard question to answer but I have to say hands down, Paris France. It’s impossible not to fall in love with a city that speaks to your romantic side. I’m hoping to take Nil and her mom there sometime in the near future.
If you didn’t choose the path of musician, what would you want to be?
Laughs* Music has been in my blood since I was born but my other passion is cooking. Marlene (Nil’s mom) is an amazing pastry chef. In fact, she went to Culinary School and has talent like none other. When we were younger, we dreamed about opening our own restaurant called “Norma Jeans.”
Norma Jeans? That’s an interesting name. How did you get to the point of where you are now? A famous rock n roller with a current number one hit single.
Man, you sure know to stroke a man’s ego. The road to stardom was filled with potholes and overall heartache. With no family to speak of, I turned to music as a sort of security blanket. Thank god it worked out because I have no idea where I would be if it didn’t. I met the love of my life at one of my early gigs, found band mates that have become more like brothers and have seen the world outside Seattle.
And last but not least, the question all your fans want to know the answer to. Are you currently attached or single?
A sly smile turns up Luke’s lips* I am hoping to win a certain woman over with my wit and charm. She is stubborn with a capitol A so it won’t be easy but she has my heart. Always has, always will.
Luke's Point of View:
I stepped out of the limo into the frigid Seattle air. It had been almost four years since I came home and to be honest, my nerves were on edge. My fans screamed wildly as I gave them a quick wave and hustled inside for warmth. The elaborate entryway of the hotel reminded me how far I’d come since the beginning of my career. Back when I was a broke ass musician, I slept in the van along with the rest of my band mates. Then again, we partied more than we slept. Alcohol kept my nightmares at bay and my emotions numb. That was in the past though; now, I was a new man, ready to face the consequences of my actions. My gaze landed on the receptionist desk where my manager said Marlene worked. Sure enough, there was a woman at the counter who looked like her but her hair was different. Shorter, blunt at the edges with side swept bangs. As if the woman could feel my eyes on her, she glanced up. I knew it was Marlene by the shocked expression on her face. As if she was seeing a ghost.
Just to double check, I took a step closer. “M?”
At the term of endearment, her tooth snagged her bottom lip and that was all I needed. My heart turned over in my chest as I looked at the woman who had haunted my dreams. Her face was the same, still uniquely beautiful. However, being a mother brought out an inner glow. Like the first time I saw Marlene, it was as if I was staring at the sun. Happiness warmed my soul. It was obvious she didn’t feel the same. Her wide-eyed stare turned into one of panic and my gut told me she was about to bolt. Quickly, I strode over but it was too late.
I held out my hand to stop her. “Wait,” I yelled.
Marlene’s long leg’s sprinted toward the women’s restroom where she disappeared inside. I knew I should have told her I was in Seattle instead of surprising her. My manager clasped her hand on my shoulder.
“What are you staring at?” She asked.
My eyes willed for the door to open and for Marlene to re-emerge. I was borderline desperate to hear her musical voice again.
“This time she was the one who ran away.” I murmured
I heard a smile in my manager’s voice. “So what are you going to do?”
“I’m going to wait.”
Four years ago, I walked out on the family I could have had. It would take a miracle for Marlene to forgive me and let me be a part of my daughter’s life. Nonetheless, I was ready for the challenge. They were everything I had left.
My head whipped toward the outside entrance where a black stretch limo pulled to the curb. Light bulbs flashed as Luke stepped out onto the sidewalk. A chorus of screams arose from the crowd as the women threw themselves at him. Luke’s bodyguard pushed them out of the way with a meaty hand. Was this what his life had become? One giant ego boost? At seventeen, I thought Luke was the cockiest son of a bitch I had ever met. I couldn’t imagine what he was like now.
When he strolled into the lobby, my breath hitched in my throat. The young man of twenty-two was long gone and replaced by a walking sex god. His strong jawline complemented his pale blue eyes, the same eyes that seduced me into bed for the very first time. His perfectly sculpted body was attired in all black. His dark hair hung long, brushing past his shoulders. He played the part of a rocker through and through. Old emotions I hadn’t felt in four years stirred in my stomach, equal parts lust and hate.
“Are you OK? You seem a little flushed,” Josie said.
I felt panic creeping up my throat. Luke Anderson was in my hotel. Otherwise known as Nil’s father. I swore up and down this side of the Mississippi that when I saw Luke again, I’d give him a piece of my mind. But as he glanced over at me, I felt the air leave my body. His absence from my life didn’t change the fact that he was my Kryptonite.
Inspiration Behind Book
The idea for “Love of a Rockstar came to me out of the blue. After writing my first novel that had paranormal undertones, I wanted to break into a new genre. Since I am a huge fan of author’s like Lisa Kleypas, my mind immediately went to Contemporary Romance. Since I was dating a musician at the time, he inspired the plot line. Although our love story was nothing like Marlene and Luke’s, my imagination took control and I started to write. That was almost six months ago. I took a “write by the seat of your pants” approach, which in the end worked out for the best. I truly feel as if the character’s guided me through the novel and let me tell their love story for the world to hear.