I’m so excited to share with you all my debut YA novel, RHYTHM & MUSE, which releases on May 30, 2023! I have been working on this story since 2019 – It was my NaNoWriMo story back then, and I can be seen working on it in a little Moleskine journal here. I have done so much for this story – including sitting in studio sessions for research, endlessly researching musical terms and asking my in-house musician (my husband) for clarification. I’ve been working on it so long, I’ve had to update the dedication a couple to times to add my two baby boys that I gave birth to while writing it!!
It’s about a teenage boy named Darren – shy, perfectionist, a little too hard on himself. He lives life in his head. He feels safe there and can always control the outcome. He constantly has Delia Daydreams – daydreams about the girl he’s been crushing on for a while, the popular, podcast host of Dillie D in the Place to Be, Delia Dawson. His blunt but well-meaning best friend, Justin, tells him this has to be the year he asks her out. But Darren is skeptical. If she says no, then that’s just … it.
Dillie is running a contest for someone to sing the theme show for her podcast, and somehow she anonymously receives a recording of Darren singing, that becomes hugely popular. Darren has to decide: will he take ownership of it and his feelings for her, or continue to live life in his head? This story has a Cinderella-esque spin on it, light-hearted laughs, and a call to get out of your comfort zone!
I was inspired by my love for music. I love most genres of music – I love song structure and the storytelling aspect. This story was a way for me to express that!
When I first started really reading YA romance, I realized at the time I started dreaming up this story that young, Black boy protagonists was missing from the genre. I wanted to spotlight a Black boy navigating love and life with his caring friends and family.
Although this is a YA Romance, I still feel like you may enjoy it if you are a fan of THE FORGOTTEN GIRL and THE GIRL IN THE LAKE! The content is not too mature for younger readers.
I hope you enjoy and I cannot wait fo you to meet Darren, Dillie, Justin, and everyone else!