Monday, April 14, 2014

Fun Facts About STILL LIFE WITH STRINGS. Guest Post by Author L.H Cosway

Fun Facts About STILL LIFE WITH STRINGS by L. H. Cosway

As with any book, there are plenty of background details that don’t get added to the story. However, they’re vital to the novel becoming what it needs to become. I like to think of these as the fun or interesting facts, but they’re mostly the things that the small few obsessives, if there are any at all, care about. Well, sit tight because I’m going to share them with you now.

·        Something quite bizarre happened during the writing of this book. There’s a scene where my hero comes to play his violin for my heroine where she’s busking as a living statue on Grafton Street. Well, a couple of days after I’d written the scene I was walking down that very same street and saw a living statue, a few yards away from which there was a violinist playing a song. I had this really spooky moment where it felt like I’d written the scene into life…but obviously it was just a coincidence. Or was it?

·        In the book my heroine brings the hero to visit an artists’ club called Ladybirds. This club actually came to life in the very first book I’d ever written, which was about a young girl who lived there. Since it was my first book, it was in general unreadable, but I thought the idea of the club was a good one and I wanted to recycle it in some way. Then I began writing Still Life with Strings and it just fit with the story.

·        The concert hall featured in the book is loosely based on the National Concert Hall on Earlsfort Terrace in Dublin and I actually performed there myself as a child.

·        My heroine Jade lives in an area of Dublin city known as The Liberties, which is home to Oscar-winning actress, Brenda Fricker and is the birthplace of singer-songwriter, Imelda May. It’s also the location of the world famous Guinness Brewery.

·        The idea of adding magical realism to the story seemed very natural to me, and was actually born out of my childhood fascination with Disney’sFantasia. I’ve always felt like classical music opens the mind up to endless possibilities and using this allowed Jade’s colourful imagination to complement Shane’s music so uniquely.

About the book

My name is Jade Lennon and I stand still for money.

The night I saw Shane Arthur watching me everything changed. A man in a suit always catches my eye, but it was the way he looked at me that was different. Like he knew me or something. He didn’t know me, especially not in my costume. My sobriety rests on staying away from men, but there was something about him that made me throw caution to the wind.

After all, I was never going to see him again, right?


Standing still isn’t the only way I make my money. I also bartend at a concert hall. Never in my wildest dreams did I think Shane was going to show up there. Not only that, but he’s the most recent addition to the orchestra. So now on a daily basis I have to resist one of the most beautiful men I’ve ever met and he plays the violin. For me that’s one hell of a deadly cocktail.

He wants me to teach him how to live. I’m not sure how much a twenty-six year old recovering alcoholic who works in a bar and moonlights as a living statue can teach a world class concert violinist, but I’m sure going to try.

Still Life with Strings is a story of music, art, sex, magical realism, and romance that you will never forget.

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About the author

L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books.  

Her latest book is the contemporary romance, Still Life with Strings.

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