I promised to share the back story of a song from the Stoned soundtrack and I’ve finally decided on Blown Away by Carrie Underwood. I hope you’ll enjoy this little tour through my mind…
When I first began Stoned, I had plans for Sydney Cooper. I knew I needed her to have a traumatic sexual past, a rough start in life. I was sick of the virgin who met a bizillionaire and instantly lost her V-card to him. I wanted Sydney to be innocent and sweet but not sexually experienced. I also needed to find a basis for drama and what better way than through sex if Damian Stone were to be involved.
At the time I heard Blown Away on the radio every time I was in my car driving my boys to numerous events. The seed was planted! But during the process of cultivating that seed many changes occurred. Originally, my plan was to have had Sydney’s father be a mean drunk who physically abused her and Samantha. That idea lasted about two seconds. My books are meant to be fun and sexy not that deep in drama and family discourse. So back to the drawing board. Or more like the car. I needed music for inspiration!
Then it hit me! I decided it would be the step dad (Robert) and he would sexually abuse Sydney in her house without Samantha’s knowledge. I had the whole story written in my head…
Damian would find out slowly that something wasn’t right as he tried to move their sexual relationship forward. Sydney would eventually admit to being abused as a child but she wouldn’t tell Damian by whom. They would return to Connecticut for the homecoming game and Sydney would sneak away. She’d head to her old house for revenge on the man who raped her.
It would start to rain, a storm with dark clouds, thunder, and lightning. Sydney would find Robert home alone. Maybe Samantha was out shopping (she wasn’t Damian’s older sexy professor at first) to avoid her mean drunk of a husband. Sydney had brought all she needed with her. She knew she’d find Robert passed out on the couch in the middle of the afternoon. She knew all she’d need to do was set the fire and walk away. He’d never wake up and Robert and the house that held every bad memory of hers would be gone.
She’d be standing in the front yard watching the windows shatter, flames shooting in her direction when Damian would arrive at the scene, having figured out where she went and rushing to save her. He’d take her away and cover up what she’d done.
I don’t know…do you think I made the right choice going with Ryan, the step-brother and adding drama with Damian and Samantha?
A piece of info about me...my favorite author that writes contemporary romance is Shayla Black