First off, if you haven’t seen it, head over to Prism Book Alliance to see the cover for my upcoming book, No Sacrifice! I am so excited to show it off! Paul Richmond outdoes himself again! <3 Do leave a comment for a chance to win an e-book copy of any of my backlist titles!
Today, I’d like to talk a bit about No Sacrifice. I am told often that readers like to know where the inspiration for a story comes from. Sometimes, it’s not really obvious, even to use, what sparked the idea. As should be no surprise to you guys by now, much of my inspiration comes from music. But even with NS, it wasn’t entirely clear where all of it came from. I’d been listening to random on my entire song list (you’d know just how a dangerous thing that is to do, if you knew my music collection) and this song came up. If you’re not familiar with the lyrics, you can read them here: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/eltonjohn/sacrifice.html
Now, I’ve certainly heard this song often over the years. This was, obviously, not the first time. But I didn’t always pay attention to the lyrics and this time, as I’m driving down the street, I paid attention. It sounded so sad to me, at first and when I got home, the first thing I did was look up the meaning. According to the wikipedia article, Bernie Taupin is quoted in an interview saying, “The song is not a typical love song, but rather a song about a breakup of a marriage where the loss of the relationship is “no sacrifice.”” So, okay, it wasn’t really meant to be quite as sad as I thought, at first.
Even if it’s no sacrifice to the heart (as Elton sings about), breakups are never easy, even amicable ones. But it was still a concept that intrigued me. Because I’ve been through that kind of break up, where the relationship was over long before we gave up. And when it happened, I hadn’t exactly looked at things quite so objectively. There’s a grieving process that comes with the loss of a relationship–not unlike grieving for the loss of a person. In the case of “Sacrifice”, I think that just happened before they decided to call it quits.
As I listened to the song again (and again…and again), I started wondering what it would be like to write about this. I imagined this guy discovering that he was bisexual. I didn’t know how that would happen yet, just that he felt an attraction to a guy (instead of his wife) that he couldn’t ignore. Well, I wrote the idea and notes down in my leather book that I keep for my ideas and kind of forgot about it for a while. Obviously, it didn’t stay that way, as the novel ended up titled No Sacrifice. It wasn’t a direct quote of the song title. I felt the “no” in the title was too important to leave off because as I started thinking through the story, working through the plot points, I realized my boys were going to sacrifice quite a bit more than an old relationship.
You can now pre-order No Sacrifice! Go over to the Dreamspinner site to check it out!
“Sacrifice,” written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin appears on the album “Sleeping with the Past” by Elton John. ©1989 from Rocket and MCA Records.