This is a special day at The Den. My very first guest contributor! Please join me in giving a warm welcome to Author Cairn Rodrigues, who is currently on a Book Blog Tour for her novel, The Last Prospector. Check out previous tour stops HERE. Today, she talks about her favourite musician and how he influenced her writing.
First, a synopsis of the book:
Piques your interest, doesn’t it? Worth a visit to Amazon, yes?
Without further ado, here’s Cairn:
Who’s The Boss?
It’s not a trick question, Springsteen is the Boss.
Together Wendy we can live with the sadness/I’ll love you with all the madness in my soul Someday girl I don’t know when/We’re going to get to that place where we really want to go And we’ll walk in the sun But til then tramps like us/Baby we were born to run – Born To Run, Bruce Springsteen
Any man who can write that is a man I’ll follow just about anywhere, how could I but love him? My romance with Springsteen started in my teens, we’ve had 30 years together now and my affection for him hasn’t diminished. In fact, his tireless performances and genuine humanity have only strengthened our bond. Springsteen has been with me through thick and thin, he’s woven into the tapestry of my life and I can’t imagine a world without him.
So when the idea seized me to write a story, to create a world from nothing, there was only one person I could put at the heart of it. My world needed a Boss. See? I told you I couldn’t imagine a world without Springsteen!
My first novel, The Last Prospector, is set in the world of Solstice. Created by The Boss as a gift to his twin daughters Ylumya and Ynoirya, Solstice was once a playground before it transformed into a battlefield. Now the little world will decide which twin will be victorious – and it’s a debate The Boss is very keen to hear the last of. The first Prospector was sired by The Boss in the misty times to be a representative, a link between him and Solstice, unhampered by allegiance to either twin. But the Prospectors have another mission and now the last Prospector travels towards his inevitable fate.
Springsteen and all things E Street permeate the Song of Solstice series, from the well-known to the obscure. By series end, all the major members of the E Street Band will have a literary counterpart. In The Last Prospector, I give major love to Max Weinberg and the late Clarence Clemons, but there are a few instances where the references aren’t quite so easy. Moving into the next few books, we really see all that’s in Solstice with homages to Asbury Park and Madame Marie to warm the hearts of Boss lovers everywhere.
No one will ever truly know the gyrations I perpetrated to get a character named Miami Steve in a place where Miami doesn’t exist.
It would be an outright lie to claim it wouldn’t kill me if Bruce never reads my book. But with his touring and recording schedule, maybe he doesn’t have time to read much. I hope he does and I hope he approves. But Springsteen has always been an inspiration, he’s given me a lot through his medium and I’m giving back through mine.
You don’t need to be knowledgeable about Springsteen to enjoy Solstice. His story doesn’t drive mine, but his songs are on the radio. The Last Prospector is about the Prospector, why he exists and what his mission means for Solstice.
There are a couple of opportunities to win a copy of The Last Prospector: You still have time to submit entries on Prospector’s Facebook page, but that contest ends Feb. 21/14. The Masquerade Crew blog has more chances to win; please visit and vote for The Last Prospector on Cover Wars!
A big thank you to The Doglady’s Den for letting me in to play with the puppies. And thanks to all of you for reading. Do you have a favorite Springsteen song or memory you’d like to share? We’d love to hear it, please leave a comment.