By Tawdra Kandle
Sometimes revenge is your only choice. . .Julia worked for weeks planning the perfect surprise birthday party for her boyfriend, Liam, but that night, she was the one who got the biggest shock. He broke up with her in front of all their friends, humiliating her in the process. Clearly revenge was in order. The plan is simple. Make him jealous, win him back, and then crush his heart. Fair is fair. However, there is one little hiccup and he has curly brown hair and dimples. Jesse is everything she wants. With him, she could almost forget her bruised heart. Almost. Julia has one choice: let Liam walk away after everything he did, or lose a chance at love in pursuit of payback.
Tawdra Kandle has been a writer since pens were invented. Her first published story appeared in Child Life magazine when she was 13 years old. She took a brief hiatus of about thirty years to hone her craft, get married and have four children before publishing the young adult quartet The King Series. She has since published books in both the adult and new adult romantic genre. Tawdra lives in Florida with her husband and children, both skin and fur-types. Oh, and yes--she has purple hair. Follow Tawdra Kandle: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest / Literary Addicts / Goodreads /Amazon
It Starts With A Song
One of the most frequently asked questions I see is this one: “Where do you come up with your story ideas?” Sometimes this is said with a faint tinge of disbelief; implied is the thought that maybe my mind is a scary place.
That’s not too far off.
But most of the time, story ideas come from my everyday life, from seeing people around me and asking the all-important question, “What if?”
For Best Served Cold, the initial idea came to me in the form of a song, which isn’t that unusual for me. In this case, it was Miranda Lampert’s “My Mama’s Broken Heart.” The line “Can’t get revenge and keep a spotless reputation. Sometimes revenge is a choice you have to make.” At first, I saw a girl in a small town, bent on getting back at an ex-boyfriend who had broken her heart. And then the song got wrapped up in my own memories of high school, and Julia introduced herself.
Being in college gave her a set of circumstances that was perfect for this plot. Her quirky personality was fun to write, and when Ava and Jesse came along, too, I knew we had a great story. And whenever I got a little stuck, I just went back to the Miranda’s lyrics.
As it turns out, there are quite a few awesome revenge tunes out there. My play list for Best Served Cold included Christina Perri’s “Jar of Hearts” and “Bang, Bang” as well as Justin Timberlake’s “What Goes Around”.
You just can’t beat a good song for inspiration.