Love the way you liealsoHearts & Bruises which releases this June (Sorry I don’t have an exact date yet) was largely inspired by Eminem’s Love the Way You Lie. I’m often inspired by songs, making my own stories up about them, then poof!… a character forms. While I loved the song the story and characters became more twisted in my mind. The setting turned to high school, the characters became young, reckless, and surrounded by temptation. Throw in adults who are too wrapped in their own drama and it was the perfect story line.  Love so bad it hurts. Addicting like drugs. I was able to dip into my psychology background and use the information I learned about addiction and the cycle of abuse to really bring the punches. *Pun intended*

Don’t worry though, while some of the material is questionable, and you may hate my characters at one point or a other,  I try my hardest not to trigger my audience. There is also important lessons about friendship, lessons on what love should be like, and the importance of education. So, while I credit this song for my original brain child, in the end this book has morphed into its own.  I’m so excited to share Nora and Darrian’s story with you soon.

-AM Brooks


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