Happy Valentine's Day! As part of THE SOUND OF LETTING GO Blog Tour, I'm hosting Stasia with a bit of a character feature and playlist. I have to say that she picked one of my favorite characters from the novel. First off, for those who haven't heard of THE SOUND OF LETTING GO, here's the summary:
"For sixteen years, Daisy has been good. A good daughter, helping out with her autistic younger brother uncomplainingly. A good friend, even when her best friend makes her feel like a third wheel. When her parents announce they’re sending her brother to an institution—without consulting her—Daisy’s furious, and decides the best way to be a good sister is to start being bad. She quits jazz band and orchestra, slacks in school, and falls for bad-boy Dave.
But one person won’t let Daisy forget who she used to be: Irish exchange student and brilliant musician Cal. Does she want the bad boy or the prodigy? Should she side with her parents or protect her brother? How can she know when to hold on and when—and how—to let go?"
Doesn't that sound fantastic? Just wait until you read what Stasia wrote for the tour...
CHARACTER FEATURE & PLAYLIST: DAVE MILLER
The very first line of my novel, THE SOUND OF LETTING GO, is “Dave Miller grins in my direction.” Sometimes I wonder if I meant he was grinning at me, the author. If I close my eyes, I can see that grin even now.
From the very start of writing THE SOUND OF LETTING GO, I knew that Dave was going to be an important character. In traditional terms, one might call him the “love interest” and the “bad boy.” In creating Dave, however, I wanted to take those ideas and turn them on their ears. What if the “love interest” didn’t just want to just get physical with the girl? What if a “bad boy” was a lamb in sheep’s clothing—maybe wasn’t even sure he wanted to be bad?
For me, Dave is first and foremost a foil to my main character, Daisy. He takes risks she would never dare take, yet holds back where she might consider going too far. He makes her look at hard truths.
He also has eternally-rumpled hair, which Daisy finds very attractive.
His car is a pieced-together old wreck—what he doesn’t realize is how it’s also a testament to the way he can fix things.
He doesn’t much care about things like getting to class on time.
But, make no mistake, he does care about other things, about people.
In the end, that’s what I love most about Dave: He’s a character who cares, imperfectly, messily but faithfully.
Maybe because my main character, Daisy, is a musician, or because I live in a houseful of teenagers, but I turned to music a great deal to get into the emotions of this story. Here are a few songs that connect me to DAVE:
Stasia Ward Kehoe’s second novel, THE SOUND OF LETTING GO is available now from AMAZON, B&N, INDIEBOUND and wherever books are sold. She wishes you a very swoony, happy Valentine’s Day! Visit her online at www.stasiawardkehoe.com.
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