I think the main reason behind my telling Cassy’s story is to showcase how difficult navigating music scene (or any scene, for that matter) can be and how complex the relationships one has to maintain may become. I want the reader to feel the pressure and excitement Cassy is experiencing throughout the books. Feel the heat, feel the rush the music gives us.
However, I listened to a lot of Bon Jovi, Jeff Buckley, and A Star Is Born soundtrack. Music certainly played a big role in the creation of megastar Frankie Blade.
As for Cassy, I wanted to create someone very different, someone, with real-life problems. Cassy is a spitfire. She loves what she does, but she’s very skeptic when it comes to relationships. Frankie is her first love and her first experience of what it’s like to be in a real relationship with a very flawed man.
Rad-Reader: Is Dante going to make Cassy a pawn between himself and Frankie or the other way around Frankie will be doing that?
N.N.: No. Dante’s problem is that he doesn’t understand what he’s doing half the times because he’s high/drunk.
Frank was also created for somewhat selfish reasons—to show the effect of chronic illness on a person’s mind. People, who struggle with conditions like Frank’s or any major illness will understand where Frank’s behavior is coming from.
Rad-Reader: You are so brave talking about it, thank you. Sometimes, the average person who is trying to get through the day suffers from this too. Like me, with my anxiety attacks. To my four children, who all have an issue with mental health with this same issue coming up a time or two. Prayers to you for sure.💓
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