A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle
So who exactly is Sukie McClaren?
A Christmas-loving Cat lover? A Sound of Music Fanatic? A Fiercely Independent Woman?
She is all of the above. And when she is sent to Salzburg for a business trip a few weeks before Christmas, she thinks all her dreams have come true. As she packs her suitcase, the only things on her mind are Christmas markets, lots of snow and finally seeing the Doh-Ray-Me steps. Becoming the new best friend of the world’s hottest rock-star doesn’t even get a look in.
Pete Wallace is a reclusive, reluctant, rock-star and the world’s Number One, best-selling, male solo artist. It’s been three years since his last tour and he’s now preparing to go back on the road again. A week in Salzburg, schmoozing with the music press, is one of his worst nightmares.
He can’t wait for it to be over.
When Pete and Sukie meet, it is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Lonely for too long, he begins to remember how it feels to be happy and, for the first time in six years, Christmas feels special again.
Eduardo di Santo however, whose kid sister suffered life-changing injuries at a Pete Wallace concert, is all set on getting revenge. When Pete’s new tour is announced, he begins to make his plans. Plans that will culminate in Pete’s demise.
Will Pete and Sukie’s new friendship die before it has a chance to flourish?
A Christmas tale full of love, laughter, friendship and revenge.
About Kiltie Jackson
Kiltie grew up in Scotland, Glasgow to be precise. A very unique city with a very unique way of looking at life. When she was old enough to do so, she moved to London and then, after several years of obtaining interesting experiences -which are finding their way into her writing – she moved up to the Midlands.
She currently lives in Staffordshire with five cats and one husband. The cats kindly allow her and her husband to share their house on the condition they keeps paying the mortgage!
Her little home is known as Moggy Towers, even though despite having plenty of moggies, there are no towers!
She loves reading, watching movies, and visiting old castles. She really dislikes going to the gym!
Her biggest desire is that one day she can give up the day job and write her stories for a living.
Kiltie first began writing ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’ over ten years ago. The project was shelved on Chapter Seventeen as she felt the story wasn’t flowing as she would like it to.
In her own words “The images in my head would not come out of my fingers!” Fast forward to November 2016 when, having finished reading Lizzie’s Christmas Escape by Christie Barlow, she read more about the author and was inspired with how Christie herself came to be a best-selling author.
In that thunderbolt moment, Kiltie knew – with a deep certainty- that she needed to reacquaint herself with ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’ and begin writing again. She did this in January 2017 and found the words flowed faster than she could type them. Finally, the time was right for her to write her novel.
Her determination to finish what she had started all those years ago was absolute and the first draft was completed on Sunday 16th April 2017.
Since beginning to write again, the ideas have not stopped flowing. She has begun typing up her second book, ‘Of All the Unlikely Places’, and book three (not yet titled) has been worked out and is waiting in the wings for its turn in the spotlight.
She currently has a further ten plots and ideas stored in her file (it’s costing a fortune in USB drives as each story has its own memory stick!) and the ideas still keep on coming.
She now lives her life around the following three quotes:
“I love having weird dreams, they’re great fodder for book plots!”
“Why wait for your ship to come in when you can swim out to meet it?”
“Old enough to know better, young enough not to care!”
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Blame It On The Love of Rock ‘n Roll
Part 1 – The Early Years.
When the people closest to me learned that my debut novel ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’ had a foot in the music business, and music in general, they were not surprised. I grew up surrounded by music and it has played a very big part in shaping events in my life.
The love of music comes from my mother. When she was a teenager, she was the singer in a local Glasgow-based band called ‘The Springfields’. I believe they were moderately successful within their area but marriage and motherhood put paid to my mum’s involvement with them. It did not, however, put an end to her love of music and she could always be heard singing around the house, either along to the radio or to the sounds coming out of her record player. One of these two items was always on throughout the day. Being a young mother, there was usually a bit of dancing accompanying the singing and I was always encouraged to join in. As a toddler this thrilled me no end.
One of the earliest memories I have, which reinforces my mum’s love of music, is that of the military planning which would go into recording her vinyl albums (or LP’s to those of us of a certain age…) from the record player onto cassette tapes for our yearly holidays to Wales. She had a small portable cassette player which came with a wired, plug-in microphone for recording purposes. On ‘recording days’ our lounge was out of bounds as my mum carefully set up her machine. The microphone was on a stand and placed equidistant between the speakers to ensure she had the correct level of bass and treble. The records would be played, the record button on the cassette player would be pushed and mum would then tip-toe out of the room, being careful not to make any sound that would be picked up by the ultra-sensitive microphone. Even the dog was locked in the kitchen to ensure he didn’t bark at anyone walking past our front door. Like I said – military planning!
The reason for all this was quite simple – these were the days before cassette players became standard in motor cars. Our car at the time had a radio (although they were not the best quality and reception could be hit and miss, especially when surrounded by high mountains) and an eight-track player. Eight-track cartridges were big, bulky and very expensive so we only had a few of them. This would have led to annoying, repetitive listening on a rather long trip so my mum would stock up on batteries and record her cassettes to provide greater variety on the journey. I would sit with the cassette player on my lap, a bag of batteries and a bag of cassettes at my feet and it was my job to turn the cassettes over when the first side ended or change them when they had been played in full or when my mum got bored with what we were listening to. In between times, we would both sing our hearts out. To this day I still know all the words to the Simon and Garfunkel’s album ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’.
Even though my mum had her own taste in music, she was very good at encouraging me to have my own musical opinions – something she probably regretted when I plagued her something rotten to get me the new single by Little Jimmy Osmond. Yup! My first single was ‘Long-Haired Lover from Liverpool’… I’ll just wait here quietly until you have all finished laughing!
I’m happy to say that, from this point, my musical tastes did improve and further record purchases my mum made on my behalf included David Essex, Abba and The Bay City Rollers. Okay… Maybe it didn’t improve that much! The fact is, however, that even before I reached double-figures in age, I was already into music. Every week my mum would have Top of The Pops on the television and I would dance and sing along to most of the acts. My clearest memories of the programme, from around that era, were Mud and their ‘Tiger Feet’ (although I always found Les Gray’s tinted spectacles a bit creepy) Sweet with their ‘Ballroom Blitz’ (I thought Brian Connolly was amazing) and, the ultimate in rock music history, Queen’s outstanding ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.
It would seem that, by the age of ten, I was on my way to developing my later rock-chick. The foundations had been laid although they would be somewhat buried for a few years as my teenage self-became fully immersed in the Top Twenty charts of the day.
For Part 2 – The Teenage Years – please visit Between The Lines tomorrow.
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