Meet Author Susan Bishop Crispell

Love And Cupcakes: The Soundtrack 

My life is fueled by music. It’s a constant backdrop to almost everything I do—working, writing, reading, driving, even just sitting and thinking. Music inspires me. Makes me feel. A really good song performed live will give me goose bumps and make me wish for the umpteenth time that I had any musical ability.

I’m the type of music lover who will hear a line or two of a song in a TV show or commercial and then spend days Googling what I think the lyrics were until I find it (but thankfully there is also TuneFind, which makes my life so damn easy now) or hear a song for the first time on the way to work and have it downloaded on iTunes five minutes after walking in the door that evening because I thought about it all day long. I’ve made over 100 mix CDs, dating back to 1995 when they started out as mix tapes and have since been converted. Now my playlists live on my iPod, which makes it that much easier for me to carry all of my favorite songs/moods/memories around with me.

My serious devotion to music is one piece of myself I put into my magical realism romance, Love And Cupcakes. Graham, the main love interest, is also a music junkie. He worked in a music store in high school (you know, back when they had stores dedicated to just music); frequently burns CDs of new music he’s discovered for his long-time crush, Jaclyn; wears band tees when he’s messing around with a new recipe in the kitchen; and even named his cat Alice after Alice In Chains.

To help get me in the right mindset to write not only Graham but all of the characters in Love And Cupcakes, I crafted a playlist of songs. These are songs that inspired me. Songs that fit the characters’ moods and desires. Songs that created the soundtrack to my book.

So today I want to share some of these songs—and my love for these artists/bands—that have had such an impact on me and my characters.

                                                         About the Book

For Jaclyn “Jack” Pace, sensing what sweets people crave is as easy as breathing. But it’s not enough to keep her cupcake bakery in the black.

So, when her estranged sister Harper comes back to town with an affinity for making art out of icing—and a past full of secrets—she reluctantly gives Harper a job and a place to crash.

As their sisterly relationship begins to thaw, the one with her business partner Graham starts to heat up. Given the legend that says Hollingsworth men will recognize their soul mates at first touch, Jack’s always been resigned to the fact that she’s not his.

But when she starts sensing desires that are decidedly not dessert-related, it’ll take all of her magic to set things right with customers and make her own desires come true.

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About the Author

Susan Bishop Crispell is not one of those writers who's been scribbling down stories since she could hold a pencil. She didn't read constantly growing up (blasphemy!), and she can still be found in public without a book tucked into her purse (again with the blasphemy!).

She is, however, the kind of writer who lives for the imaginative spark that introduces her to a new character or story idea that pushes her to turn everyday life into something magical.

She lives and writes near Wilmington, NC.

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  1. I loved this post. It's wonderful to know there is someone else out there that has a crazy relationship with music. "Makes me feel." That was particularly spot on for me. Music has the ability to transform me to another place and time. It has power to change my attitude and calm me, as well as, rev me up. Love it:)