Kelly Clarkson Rocks My Writing

Here's a beach scene from The Trouble With Love. Chapter 2 of my romantic comedy being serialized on the website is live today.

I've added another song to the soundtrack, or playlist, below. Since there are now 3 songs on the soundtrack I thought I'd discuss how the music relates to the story being told.


The title of my romantic comedy was inspired by the Kelly Clarkson hit The Trouble With Love. The musicality of that piece and Kelly's voice are of course fabulous, but what the song had to say was what hit me. Written by Ms. Clarkson, Evan Rogers, and Carl Sturken, the lyrics resonated with the story I wanted to tell about an obsessively independent young woman. I won't give all the details of the back story since I prefer you to learn what makes her tick as the story reveals them.

Soundtrack Line-up

Somehow, Kelly Clarkson's songs just fit the flow of the story. First up is Miss Independent written by Rhett Lawrence, Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, and Matt Morris. The titular character captures the present character of Susannah Quinn, the heroine of this romantic comedy. Whether Susannah "grows" as the song's Miss Independent does is what you'll discover as you read each chapter.

Chapter 1, published March 1 in this serialization, has another Clarkson song Walk Away written by Ms. Clarkson, Kara DioGuardi, Raine Maida, and Chantal Kreviazuk. That's what Susannah wishes Hogan, the guy giving her so much grief would do. The female anthen song is also what Susannah wishes she could do: just walk away from all her dumb mistakes, her problems, and the situations holding her from her dreams.

Chapter 2, published today, April 1, has a 1972 Carly Simon song You're So Vain. Ah, yes, most women, regardless of their age, know this female anthem. Does this song really describe Hogan, Susannah's nemesis? Or is it just easier for her to believe he's a shallow player of the love 'em and leave 'em school? Read the chapter and make up your own mind.

Takeaway Truth

Good music enhances a good read the way a soundtrack enhances a movie.

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