The Starlight Chronicles
by Lisa Orchard
GENRE: Young Adult Romance
Lark Singer’s relationship with her mother is prickly to say the least. As she enters a musical competition that could launch her career, Lark also searches for answers her mother would rather keep hidden. Throw into the mix the fact her best friend Bean has been acting strangely, and Lark finds herself launched into uncharted territory. Will her quest for answers sabotage her musical aspirations?
THE GUYS ARE impatiently waiting for me. Bean’s foot jiggles so fast; it appears as if a current of electricity runs through him. We have to be down at Pearl’s by seven.
We’re all geeked about playing on stage, I can tell. Performing at Pearl’s gives us the face time we need for when it’s really going to count. The real event — the competition — is only a few weeks away. I pick up my pace, we have three hours to jam and grab some food before we go on stage.
“Come on, Chickie,” he says, gesturing with his sticks as he settles into position behind his drums.
Rushing forward, I plug in my amp. As I crank out a few chords to warm up, that old energy buzzes through my veins. After a couple of licks, I’m ready and my nimble fingers tingle. I’m wired. I love playing in front of a live audience. “Which one are we jamming on?” I look over at Bean and wait for his answer.
His brow creases as he tries to decide. “This one here.” He holds up the lead sheet and waves it impatiently in the air.
I squint to see it. It’s the one we titled “Secrets.” Pointing to the lead sheet sitting on Stevie’s stand, I get into position. I had taken a few minutes and titled Stevie’s lead sheets for him the other day.
He nods. “Thanks.”
Bean slams his sticks together and counts out. “One… two… three.”
We’re off, filling the garage with musical energy. My body’s rigid, as if every muscle’s flexed and ready for action. Screaming chords fill the air, as my nimble fingers crank on my Gibson. I feel like I’m a live electrical wire, popping and snapping with unrestrained energy.
When we’re done with that song, no one speaks. Instead, Bean holds up another lead sheet and then we’re off again. Tonight’s performance is going to be epic. I can tell just by how we’re coming together. I grin in spite of my intense concentration; my confidence is growing by leaps and bounds. We are so ready for this competition that I can feel it all the way down to my bones.
After the second song, I hold up my hand and say, “Our sound smokes. But don’t you think we should play some of the music we’re going to be performing tonight?”
Bean snorts. “Yeah. Probably.”
We take a few minutes and discuss some of the songs we want to play. We usually crank out tunes that were big hits in the seventies and eighties, a lot of Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, and Rolling Stones. They’re more mellow than what we’ve been playing, but they’re still good melodies and the crowd at Pearl’s digs that classical sound. Playing this type of music broadens our musicianship, but there’s nothing like cranking out our own songs. After choosing a few of the harder tunes we immediately start jamming.
Interview with the Author
1. How long have you been writing?
I knew I wanted to be a writer in fifth grade, but I didn’t actually pursue publication until I was a stay at home mom. So, I would say I’ve actually been writing for about three years.
2. How long have you been a published author?
Three years. It’s been a lot of fun and a great learning experience.
3. What titles do you have available?
Besides the “Starlight Chronicles,” I have another series with three books in it. It’s the Super Spies series and it’s for the upper middle grade/lower young adult market. They’re mystery/thrillers and my oldest thinks they’re awesome. He’s in fifth grade and read the first one over the summer. He’s currently working on book number two. I hope my writing inspires my boys to chase they’re dreams.
The three books in the Super Spies series are:
“The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer”
“The Super Spies and the High School Bomber”
“The Super Spies and the Pied Piper”
4. What made you choose the subject of this book?
It’s a funny story actually. I was watching a documentary with my hubby about one of our favorite bands. The band was RUSH and their bass player is Geddy Lee. I turned to my husband and said, “I want to be like Geddy Lee.” That’s when I decided to write the story of a young girl with big musical dreams and the obstacles she has to overcome to achieve them. Isn’t that funny how something so simple can turn into a series?
5. Do you have any new titles coming soon?
I’ve got a couple of works in process that I’m very excited about, but they’re not anywhere close to ready for publication. I’m excited about them because I love the characters and the storyline.
6. What is your favourite genre and why?
It’s hard to choose, but I love human drama stories and mystery/thrillers. Anything that pulls me in and doesn’t let go.
7. What, to you, is the most exciting part of the writing process?
Ohh, good question! I would have to say when I finish the rough draft and start editing. I love making the story stronger and better.
8. If you could co-author a book with anyone, who would you choose and why?
Stephen King. I love the way he develops his characters.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Lisa Orchard grew up loving books. She was hooked on books by the fifth grade and even wrote a few of her own. She knew she wanted to be a writer even then. Her first published works are the “Super Spies Series.” These stories revolve around a group of friends who form their own detective squad and the cases they solve. “The Starlight Chronicles,” is the next series that Lisa created with musical misfit, Lark Singer as her main character.
After graduating from Central Michigan University with a Marketing Degree, she spent many years in the insurance industry, pining to express her creative side. The decision to stay home with her children gave her the opportunity to follow her dream and become a writer. She resides in Michigan with her husband, Steve, and two wonderful boys. Currently, she’s working on the next book in the Starlight Chronicles Series along with a few new ideas that may turn into stand alone novels. When she’s not writing she enjoys spending time with her family, running, hiking, and reading.
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