Singer Kate Bush has inspired Laura E. James in so many ways.
On Saturday 30th August 2014, I spent an incredible evening at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, watching one of my idols in action. After years of following this artist, learning every word to every song, and being inspired by her to write from the heart, I saw Kate Bush, live.
I was twelve the last time she gigged, too young to attend and not old enough to fully appreciate her amazing creativity. It was the Hounds of Love album that really brought Kate Bush to my attention, with the single Running Up That Hill. I was eighteen by this time and although I’d been writing poems and scripts, enthused by attending my A Level Theatre Studies class, it was the lyrics to this album that inspired me to think differently.
In the days of vinyl, albums had two sides, and on the flip side was a set of songs headed The Ninth Wave. It was a concept piece, where all the songs linked to create a story. I’d not come across this idea before and it sparked something in me. I set about writing a story in poetry form. It was called Concept and it contained a prologue, an epilogue and several poems in between. Thinking back, it’s one of my first attempts at writing a lengthy story with a defined structure.
I admired Kate Bush’s work ethic, her determination to succeed and her endless talent. I wanted to learn to write, sing and dance just like her by the time I was nineteen. Turns out a year wasn’t long enough.
I did start singing in my twenties, which I returned to in my forties, travelling to London and picking up second place in a national competition, singing rock and pop covers, but an early diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis knocked the dancing on the head. In hindsight,that may have saved a lot of people from visual trauma. It would have been one of those ‘I can never unsee this’ moments.
Writing has always been part of my life, but it’s those wonderful light bulb moments when somebody I admire does something I get, when I’m inspired to dig deeper, work harder and give everything I have.
As much as I love music, I’ve yet to write a main character who is a singer, but both my novels have musical connections. My debut, Truth or Dare?, the heroine is called Kate. She’s not based on Kate Bush, but I borrowed the name as a nod to one of my favourite artists.
In my new release, Follow Me, Follow You, Annabel Lamb, a secondary, but very important character, is a singer, and winner of TV’s reality show, UK Starz.
I am never far from music and with Kate Bush in residence at the Apollo, and with my mind playing the show on loop, I’m enjoying remembering how creativity sparks creativity, and how much I love words.
You save me and I’ll save you…
Victoria Noble has pulled the plug on romance. As director of the number one social networking site, EweSpeak, and single mother to four-year-old Seth, she wrestles with the work-life balance. Enter Chris Frampton, Hollywood action hero and Victoria’s first love. His return from LA has sparked a powder keg of media attention, and with secrets threatening to fuel the fire, he’s desperate to escape. But finding a way forward is never simple. Although his connection with Victoria is as strong as when he was nineteen, has he been adrift too long to know how to move on? With the risk of them breaking, will either #follow their heart?
Laura E. James is married and has two children. She lives in Dorset, but spent her formative years in Watford, a brief train ride away from the bright lights of London. Here she indulged her love of live music, and, following a spectacular Stevie Nicks gig, decided to take up singing, a passion that scored her second place in a national competition. Laura is a graduate of the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers’ Scheme and an editor of the popular Romaniacs blog. Laura was runner-up twice in the Choc Lit Short Story competitions. Truth or Dare?, Laura’s debut novel, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction Best Romantic eBook 2013 and the 2014 Joan Hessayon New Writers’ Award. Follow Me, Follow You is Laura’s first Choc Lit novel published in paperback.