Monday, December 14, 2015

On Writing and Music by Sarah Kleck, Author of The Concealed + Giveaway


On Writing and Music
by Sarah Kleck

As far as I’m concerned, writing and music are inseparable. Sometimes, even if very rarely, you come across a piece that creates a story from nothing, paints images and lays out a path that the author only has to trace with a pen (or rather, a keyboard).

While writing THE CONCEALED, I had the luck of encountering these precious gems several times.  One of them, and probably the most important, is the piano piece Le Onde by the Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi. A song full of longing and hope that gives you the feeling of being carried on its waves and diving into another world. When I heard it the first time, I suddenly saw Evelyn’s story emerge from nowhere and pass before my eyes - so clear and real as if I were watching it in a movie.

Then there are the other songs and music pieces that inspired particular scenes or even whole chapters of the story. So I wrote the scene in the headquarters, when Evelyn and Jared come closer to each other in his room, listening to the penetrating sound of Fellow Rainbow by the German alternative rock band TOS.

The crocus scene was created to the sensitive sounds of Anna Nalick and Philipp Poisel, elsewhere I resorted to rough sounds such as I‘m Shipping up to Boston by the Dropkick Murphys and one or another song from Blackout or The Prodigy.

No matter what kind of music you prefer: Writing and music are two parts of a whole that cannot live without each other. 



The Concealed

Sarah Kleck

YA Paranormal Romance
November 1, 2015


“Can you be happy when what you desire most means your doom?”

Evelyn Lakewood, an orphan, is crushed after the death of her beloved sister Zara. But the nineteen-year old enrolls in Psychology at Oxford in honor of Zara.

There, Evelyn first becomes friends with vivacious Sally and seemingly charming Felix. But the encounter with Jared Calmburry, whose incredibly blue eyes immediately captivate her, fundamentally changes her life. She is instantly drawn to this mysterious stranger around whom unusual things happen and who simply disappears every time Evelyn tries to confront him about his puzzling behavior. After finding a mysterious book with a unique symbol on its leather cover in the university library, her curiosity is perked. She doesn’t know what to make of it but Jared’s best friend Colin Sullivan encourages her with cryptic hints to continue her search for evidence. When she discovers the same medieval symbol is worn by hostile professor Karen Mayflower and engraved on another faculty member’s seal ring, she realizes that an ancient secret surrounds Jared.


About the Author

Sarah Kleck, born in 1984, studied Education, Psychology and Sociology at the University of Augsburg.

Currently, she’s working as a human resources officer and lives with her husband and a newborn in Germany near Lake Constance.

“The Concealed” is her first novel

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12 comments:

  1. Thanks for hosting today, Kimber Leigh! :)

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  2. This sounds like a really great book! I haven't read a good paranormal romance in awhile, and this sounds exactly what I've been wanting to read. Thanks for hosting :-)

    ~Lori T

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    1. I can never get enough paranormal romance :)

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  3. Thanks for introducing me to a new author. Merry Christmas!!

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  4. I enjoyed reading the guest post and learning more about this book. This book sounds like such a fun, interesting, and exciting read. Totally looking forward to reading this book!

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    1. I've always found music to be a powerful inspiration for my writing.

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  5. The book cover itself look interesting, it makes you want to read it.

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