LET'S WELCOME N.N. BRITT AUTHOR OF: FINAL SERENADE

LET’S
WELCOME
N.N. BRITT

AUTHOR OF:








Rad-Reader:  What made you want to tell this story?



N.N.:  Before I started writing fiction, I was very involved with the L.A. music scene and wrote event reviews. It wasn’t something I thought I would be doing, but my life simply went there and decided to pursue it since the opportunity presented itself. I was already doing photography on a side and combining two of my passions was amazing.

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.






Rad-Reader:  How did you go about creating Cassy and Frankie’s characters?




N.N.: Frankie is an idea. Readers often ask me if I have a real-life muse when I create my fictional character/rock star. I don’t. Frankie was done from scratch. He represents everything the music industry does to a man (or a woman) who doesn’t know how to use his power.

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:  How did Levi and Cassy meet and start their partnership together?



N.N.: Like most people in the industry. At the event where they chatted and hit it off, then decided to stay in touch. And voila. Rewired is born.  






Rad-Reader:  How old are Cassy, Levi, Frankie, and Dante?




N.N.: Cassy is 25. Levi is a few years older. Dante and Frankie were born the same year. So, they are 38 at the start of the story.






Rad-Reader:  Cassy and Dante seem to have a good working rapport intact almost friendly where he might want to date her himself. Will this be affected if something goes down with Frankie?



N.N.: That’s true. Cassy and Dante become very close. It’s almost like an enemies-to-lovers situation. Only without romance. Dante likes and respects Cassy. His respect is shattered a bit when he finds out she’s having an affair with his best friend, but the more they spend time together (or clash, in this case), the more likes her and the more he thinks she’s the best fit for Frankie. In the end, they are friends. Close ones, but only friends. 






Rad-Reader:  It sure seemed like there was an instant, chemistry between Frankie and Cassy during that interview was there?




N.N.: Absolutely. I don’t believe in love at first sight, but I do believe in lust at first sight. Lust and mutual interest are perhaps what started the affair between the two. But as they got to know each other more, that lust developed into something else.  



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. 








Rad-Reader:  Cassy is not going to just use Jax is she?  He seemed like a good guy.



N.N.: Yes. Jax is a great guy and Cassy’s intentions were (or at least she believed so) noble, but she’s in love with Frank, and being with Jax only solidified that fact. 






Rad-Reader:  Frankie surprises Cassy with a call. How is she supposed to take that?  Him doing it because he saw Dante’s interest. Or strictly his own, so no competition?




N.N.: Frank calls Cassy because he genuinely likes her. 






Rad-Reader:  Why does she keep going to her mom and brother’s aide?  She is only helping the behavior of both of them.  Consequences sometimes are the only way.



N.N.: Because no matter how dysfunctional Cassy’s relationship with her family is, they are still family. 






Rad-Reader:  What is going on with Levi all of a sudden, he’s calling her out because she’s taking some personal time for herself? Why?




N.N.: Because he’s hurt and jealous on some deeper level, but for the most part because he’s convinced Cassy’s affair won’t last and she’ll get hurt. And he doesn’t want that. He’s her friend and partner in crime. 






Rad-Reader:  Frank goes MIA. Days go by and now he gets back to her. Why?  He never answers any of her questions and yet he wants her to answer his, why?



N.N.: Emotionally Frank is in a very difficult situation. He’s grieving, and every person process grief in different ways. 





Rad-Reader:  She keeps blowing off Jax’s.  Shouldn’t she at least tell him she is not interested in him?




N.N.: A woman’s mind is a Rubik’s Cube. Sometimes…or very often, I question my own action. Relationships are never just a straight line. Cassy just needs time to figure out how she feels about Jax.






Rad-Reader:  So far, I am not seeing Frank’s good side.  He is more child Frankie (Cocky, Spoiled, puts her credentials and business at risk). Why does she want to date him again?



N.N.: Whenever I get asked this question, I ask another one back: If your favorite rock star suddenly asks on you on a date, would you go. I bet, you would. And guess what all people are flawed, yet we still find something to love about them.  






Rad-Reader:  Is Cassy really willing to lose her friendship and her working relationship with Levi not to mention all her connections and credibility in the industry if their relationship goes public is bad press?




N.N.: All You Need Is Love. John Lennon said that.
Rad-Reader: LOL!






Rad-Reader:  Again, Frank’s MIA now for two weeks and then in the middle of the night he calls and she goes out for a motorcycle ride no questions asked? What? BS, I call BS!



N.N.: That’s okay. People may have a strong reaction to that scene, but isn’t living your life to the fullest better than not living it at all?
Rad-Reader: Touche 😉






Rad-Reader:  Why is it she allows Frank to get away with never answering a straight question? Being with Frank is not only making her lie but her brother too.  Plus, her work is suffering, Why?




N.N.: Sometimes, it’s better to wait and let the person who’s suffering mentally gives you the answers you want on his/her own terms. 






Rad-Reader:  How could Dante be that hurtful to a friend? Frank is not being with her to get back at Dante.  Is it because Frank knows of things that he hasn’t shared?



N.N.: I mentioned this above. Dante loves Frank. They are best friends after all, but Frank and Cassy is a separate issue. Dante really has nothing to do with their relationship. 






Rad-Reader:  Why is Frank doing the things to risk his life like riding a motorcycle if he wants to perform? He likes the rush and he likes to be high doing it too so all those years ago was he trying to kill himself?




N.N.: This answer will be a bit personal. I usually keep my personal life or experiences private but a lot of people probably ask this question when they read books. So, here it goes. I used to ask myself the same question—why?—when I heard about someone’s suicide, especially a celebrity. Why risk your life if you have what most people dream of having but don’t? I didn’t understand suicide until recently. I always wanted to write books. I am now. I achieved what I wanted. I’m living my dream, so to say. But…Let me tell you this. Living a dream is hard. Harder than dreaming it. There are all these responsibilities and all this pressure that sometimes seems too much.

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.💓







Rad-Reader:  Everything about Frank spells man in love. Why do I feel like he is setting up Cassy for a world of hurt?




N.N.: He probably is, but he doesn’t mean it. His demons are big and scary. 





Rad-Reader:  Why hasn’t Cassy told Frank about Corey and Dante’s accusations?



N.N.: She didn’t want to add more to his plate. 





Rad-Reader:  Knowing his health is so bad why would he take such a risk? With knowing he could lose everything but Cassy to.  Leaving her with such pain, how selfish is he?




N.N.: We are all a little bit selfish. Besides, if he wasn’t selfish, he probably wouldn’t have made it to where he’s at now. 







Rad-Reader:  If your book was made into a movie who would you want to play…


Cassy:  Kristen Stewart

Frankie:  David Beckham

Levi:  Logan Lerman

Ashton:  Julian Wilson

Dante:  Mike Chabot




N.N.: 


Cassy: Ooooooh, this is a hard one. In my head, I always pictured Cassy as someone who looks like Hannah Pixie Snowdon


Sort of a delicate but badass. But I think Lily Collins would do a great job. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/721842646497594538/


Frankie:  This one is even harder. I think if Sebastian Stan grew and dyed his hair blond, he’d be an awesome fit. 


Levi:  Miles Teller



Ashton:  Timothée Chalamet. I think he’s one of the strongest young actors right now. I think he’d be perfect as Ashton.


Dante:  Oscar Isaac 







Rad-Reader:  What song or songs best describes your characters during the book or the book as a whole?

“Potential – Danielle Bradbery”

Cassy had been with Frankie the singer for about all her life it seemed her was this bigger life person in the poster hung on her wall.  But now he is the man who wants her the woman she is becoming.  But she realizes he has so much growing to do since his accident he has to recreate himself and he is struggling.



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“Selfish – Jordan Davis”

Frank is like a tornado that wants what he wants when he wants it.  He gives no thought about who what anyone around him needs or wants.  It’s all about him.  He is not in a good way yet after the accident but he is willing to risk it all and the band’s name to get it.




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“Put Me in My Place – Muscadine Bloodline”

Frank has been living in the past with so much anger over what happened with one of his band members and his ex. Now that he has met Cassy, he can see a future but now he wants the band to succeed too. But his body is not doing what he wants it too. He is feeling betrayal can she help?



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“Don’t You Leave Me Lonely – Mark Ronson ft. Yebba”

When Frank falls on stage, he doesn’t want to go to the hospital. Cassy helps him in the shower and all seems well until he wants them to be ever so close. Then suddenly he blacks out.





N.N.: 
“Shallow - Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper”
 from A Star Is Born.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bo_efYhYU2A







Rad-Reader:  If you could be a superhero which one would you be? If you can’t pick one would you create your own if so, what would they look like and what would be their superpower?



N.N.: Wonder Woman





Rad-Reader:  What is your favorite genre to read?




N.N.: Women’s fiction, but I read across multiple genres. Anything from romance to paranormal. I’ve been reading more romance lately, however, because that’s what I write. So being in the know is important. 






Rad-Reader:  What is the type of food you like to cook or go out to eat when things open up again?



N.N.: I love sushi.






Rad-Reader:  What is your next project and when will it be out?




N.N.: I’m in between multiple projects. I don’t have a specific date yet but do have several books in the works. 







Rad-Reader:  Where can our readers buy your books? Links



N.N.: Amazon https://bit.ly/NNBRITTAMAZON






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N.N.,
Thank you so much for being with us and for answering all my fangirl questions. I really enjoyed the series. Even though I did spend my time talkin' out loud at your characters, but that is when you know it's good because you don't want to put it down you just keep talkin' at them.
Thanks again,
Char

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