I haven’t written a dedication for every book, but occasionally a story comes along and I know just the person to thank for it. In the case of my February release, In The Heat of The Spotlight, it’s my older brother Geordie.
Geordie is ten years older than me and from a young age he has inspired, challenged and teased me in turns. For my twelfth birthday he bought me ten books, all classics, and challenged me to read them in the next year. And because the dare came from him, I did. During rainy summer days at my family’s cottage he used to pick a poem and then we’d race to see who could memorize it first. I still know all the words to Death Be Not Proud by John Donne and A Bag of Tools by R.L. Sharpe (it was a rather eclectic book of poetry that we chose from!) because of those afternoons.
In case you get too rosy a view of my big brother, he also hung my favorite teddy bear from an overhead light in my bedroom when I was about eight and still has the power to embarrass me in front of large groups of people, which he does with both relish and frequency.
In The Heat of The Spotlight’s heroine Aurelie is a washed-up pop star desperate to make a comeback on her own terms, with her own song. When I was deciding on the lyrics for her song, I thought of my brother, who has written and recorded many songs over the years. I ended up (with his permission) using the first verse to a song he wrote while he was in college:
Winter came so early, it caught me by surprise
I stand alone while the cold wind blows the tears into my eyes
I turn my face into the wind and listen to the sound,
Never give your heart away. It will only bring you down.
encapsulated Aurelie’s view of love in the beginning of the book—and as the story unfolds the hero Luke transforms both it and her. Of course I had to thank my big brother for giving me the words as well as so much inspiration over the years, and so my dedication to him reads:
To my big brother Geordie, the real writer of Aurelie’s song. Thank you for always being my (tor)mentor. Love, K.
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And thanks, Geordie! I love you in spite of—and because of—who you are !
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