Little teaser

I was just doing my yoga and I had a thought. I wonder what Lilah McCannon is doing today? So I had a little look at her diary entry for today and it is one of her classic diary / life reviews. I love Lilah’s reviews as it is normally a guaranteed fact that she has not achieved anything, which always makes me feel much better about my own lack of goal achievements.

I thought I would post it as a little sneaky peek.


28th February

It’s the end of February. What have I achieved since the beginning of the year?
● I joined the gym … then left
● I gave up alcohol … but then started again due to the depressing realities of life.
● I re-ignited my amazing love affair with the sexy boy next door … then accidentally stopped it again by saying the wrong thing at the wrong time.
● I went from having sex numerous times a day … to having none.
The good news is that I am really enjoying my studies.
That is the only good news I have.
According to Dad’s estate agent, someone has put an offer in on the Putney flat. So I shall now be homeless as well.
Great! Bloody great.
Oh, hold on, one more thing, I must not forget:
Ben is leaving for a trial run in the United States in three weeks all because I am too stupid to tell him that I love him and I want him to stay.


Ben Chambers ‘Lilah Playlist’

Ben Chambers ‘Lilah Playlist’

So during the novel Ben plays a few songs for Lilah – none of them particularly current but all of them speaking volumes about how he feels.

These are all the songs that the lovely Ben sings live to Lilah, and of course I have added a bit of Taylor at the end.

Who Are Sound Box?

Who are Sound Box? 

It’s an interesting question to try and answer and one that I have just been thinking about instead of plotting my next story draft…It’s not just my main character who procrastinates!

Sound Box aren’t real, obviously. Like the rest of the Uni Files they are just figments of my imagination but I do think they are based in reality perhaps more so then the rest of the story. Ben with his guitar is such a strong visual image for me as a I write, the image of him playing his guitar spurns me on every time I get stuck on a challenging section. This probably stems from the playlist which I used when writing – do still use. It was filled with music that I could hear him in. Obviously there was a lot of Taylor swift on there as well but it was also filled with a strong strong male vocals – the kind to make a girl swoon.

If I had to chose one male vocalist who Ben most sounds like then it would just have to be Brandon Flowers from the Killers, and I guess sound box as a whole sound very much like The Killers; think ‘Mr Brightside’ – jumping around the stage, or the slow and soulful ‘Be Still.’

There is also a very heavy dose of the Plain White T’s. ‘Hey There Delilah’ had such an influence on my story line it ended up being mentioned numerous times to the point of the song almost becoming a character itself. Whenever I get stuck even now on the second novel where everything is very different to the first I still listen to this song. I think there was one evening about a year ago where I had this song on repeat for about three hours straight. Even my daughter who is only five heard it come on the radio not so long ago and turned to me in the car and said “Hey Mummy, it’s that song you like.” The truth is that every time I listen to it I do not think of the original band I just think of Ben playing it. 

The Bombay Bicycle Club were also a major influence, as were the Zac brown Band, Death Cab for Cutie and Ed Sheeran’s ‘Kiss Me’ featured heavily as well. Yes I know this is an eclectic mix but hey if it works then it works!

I may even try and set up a ‘Ben Chamber’s’ play list on here so you guys know exactly what I am talking about.