Character Interviews: (These blog posts were from the pre-launch so they include preorder mentions as well as the original cover design.)
Variations on a Theme – The whole series revolves around the idea of fame and the spotlight, with various characters making different choices with very different consequences. But there’s a key verse that inspired their stories as well, as I explain in this past blog post.
What’s real? My family vacations in Branson, Missouri every year and Silver Dollar City is always a “must do” activity. Some of the rides and concert groups have changed since I first envisioned this story, but it’s still a fun chapter. As for the Sherwood businesses and shows, they were inspired by a multitude of family-owned theaters and multi-generational performing groups along the strip in Branson. In fact, I specifically attended a concert by the Haygoods before learning that while 5 brothers and 1 sister currently perform together, there are actually 8 siblings who used to sing together. Which of course influenced the Sherwood dynamics… Oh, and that rooster scene in the middle of the book? Totally inspired by a personal encounter trying to do chores at my parents’ house. I still bear a scar on my shin! And these photos (below) were my inspiration for Granny Rose and her rustic cabin complete with a porch Gloria could fall through.
Wardrobe series Plot Calendar – Get a pdf of the color-coded convoluted mess I used to keep track of all the theater dates (like cast lists, rehearsals, and opening nights) for the first 3 books in the series. (Note: D is for Dance, F for Focus, and S for Sing when it comes to certain scenes)
Spotify playlist for the series – includes multiple songs from Sing a New Song, including The Prayer.
The Prayer (English lyric version) – YouTube video (Not much to watch other than the words, but an amazing rendition all the same)
Discussion Questions – get a pdf of discussion starters for your Book Club
P.S. If you somehow ended up here without reading this book, you can get an ebook, paperback, or audiobook from your favorite retailer here.