Fairy Tale Origins
Tattered Heart went through several different versions before I settled on a narrative that I felt worked best. Each version incorporated different elements of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, because it’s my favorite and because it provided the primary theme I wanted to explore.
Most importantly, I didn’t want her to be a passive heroine. In the fairy tale different revelations and events turn the story in ways completely out of her control. She accepts her identity and her life and the elements that come with it. But it’s only in looking back I see the potential for that acceptance to have made her weak. As I wrote they weren’t constraints binding her into the role of a heroine with no agency. Each element cast upon her, piece by piece, is a conduit that reveals her true self.
Fairy Tale Elements
Curious how to pronounce the fantasy names in Tattered Heart? Let the audiobook actors show you how (and how not) to pronounce everything from Aribella to Amaranyllis.
Four days of recording the Tattered Heart audiobook produced a wealth of faltered lines and funny moments. Enjoy the best of the outtakes and stay tuned for a glimpse behind the scenes.
Tattered Heart playlist
The first song in every writing playlist is the key to each story. It reminds me of the tone and the feel of everything the story needs to be. The twist with Tattered Heart is that I put the key song last so that I wouldn’t hear it a thousand times and get tired of it.
But then I listened to Opening so many times, and it is elegant and powerful, passionate and a little sad. It became a theme song as well.
Truly, though, My Name is Lincoln is the heart of everything I hope Tattered Heart became. Gentle in the beginning, quietly lovely, elegance that gains in power and strength as it progresses through sadness and triumph and unexpectedly fierce and wonderful at the end. It is one of my favorite songs ever.
You’ll notice the rest of the playlist includes a lot of the Elizabeth: The Golden Age score. It came into my life just as I was beginning to write, to build the playlist that would inspire this story. I intermingled a mix of songs that complimented a fairy tale, keeping it slightly dark in order to remind myself that the story needed conflict; things needed to be hard and to let the characters wade into sadness and anger and fear.
It began at roughly an hour so I could sit and make myself write once through the playlist but it grew as I discovered new songs or added old favorites when I really needed them for a particular moment.
The one song I listened to quite a bit at the end but never put on the playlist is I See Fire by Ed Sheeran. I love it too much and too broadly to let it belong to a single novel.