I knew you were trouble – Taylor Swift
Make Me Over – Lifehouse
Let her Go – Passenger
The One I Love – David Gray
Someone like you – Adele
Broken Strings – James Morrison and Nelly Furtardo
Vision of You – Belinda Carlisle
Jar of Hearts – Christina Perri
Back form the Dead – Skylar Grey
Collide – Howie Day
Demons – Imagine Dragons
The Only Exception – Paramore
Easier to Be – Lifehouse
About the Author: Hayley Oakes is a wife to a Manchester United fan and a mother to a three year old daughter both require patience and a sense of humour. She enjoys reading angst ridden romance and writing stories that she would love to read. She loves post apocalyptic movies and anything 80’s. This is her second novel.
My Inspiration Behind the Characters
I have always loved angst ridden romance ever since the days of ‘My so called life’ and ‘Party of five’. I love the idea of a romance that is doomed to fail despite how much the characters are drawn to each other.
I wanted to create a story where the characters were unable to stay apart but didn’t really like each other. I also don’t like stories where the end is a foregone conclusion and so I like the reader to always guess what will happen next.
My inspiration for Kyle was every bad boy in fiction that I ever read, in my mind he was a lot harsher than I wrote him but it didn’t translate to paper and he became a tortured good guy deep down. I wanted him to be a mixture of Jordan Catalano from ‘My so called life’, Griffin from ‘Party of Five’ and Patrick from ’10 things I hate about you’. Someone who is adored by people but doesn’t require the adoration, who is effortlessly cool but doesn’t need the acceptance.
My inspiration for Sophie was the teenage angst movies that I have enjoyed my whole life. The torture of feeling like you don’t quite fit in and the hardship of realising that your parents aren’t perfect. You realise that your mum can love again and be giddy. You realise that you can get yourself into trouble and don’t have to ask permission for everything. My own teenage experiences and those of my friends were drawn on heavily,
Sophie gets a bad rep in some reviews for being whiny and selfish but really all she is someone who is too scared to just be herself and accept what she wants. She’s a typical teenager who worries more about what everyone else thinks rather than just following her heart.
The British Psyche that causes love to be even more torturous …..
Brits are polite and say sorry a lot,
They keep their feelings bottled up and tied in a knot,
They find it hard to say exactly how they feel,
Keeping emotions hidden well, even as they heal.
Brits often tend to worry what other people think,
Not usually finding it easy to throw caution to the wind.
They need a cup of tea to calm any storm.
They need validation and like to conform.
When it comes to love, Brits find it hard to express,
Exactly how they feel which can leave them in a mess.
It’s hard to win at love if you aren’t prepared to say.
Just how much you feel and I love you every day.
Despite their guarded nature they love strong and deep.
You get loyalty and trust, qualities to keep.
The words are not forthcoming but actions certainly are,
Which speak louder than words and are preferred by far.
Real life versus fiction – which parts of Hayley Oakes are included?
Interview with Hayley
Have you ever had your heart broken? Yes – a few times.
Have you ever had an attraction to a bad boy? Oh God yes – where are the good boys???
Have you ever fallen for someone who was out of bounds? No – however I craved a forbidden romance as a teenager.
Have you ever craved someone you hated? No – I’m too good at hating lol.
Are your parents divorced? Yes but I don’t have any step siblings
Have you ever had a holiday romance? No – that one passed me by.
Have you ever loved someone so intensely that you couldn’t bear the thought of living without them? Every day ❤
Do you have a best friend like Ashley? Yes, I have an extremely close and amazing best friend but she isn’t as selfish as Ashley.
Do you regret letting a long lost love go? No, I have found my bad boy.
Have you found your HEA? Yes ….. thank God.