While writing The Song of David, I kept playing around with a melody, just a little piece of a tune that kept coming back to me. I used to write songs before I wrote novels---I released a gospel CD in 2007---and music and words have always gone hand in hand for me. I finally got up from my desk and went to the piano and plunked it out. When my son came home from work, I played it for him and asked him what he thought. He is a talented singer/songwriter now working on his second album, and he is pretty picky about what he will and won't do. I'm a little bit country and he's a little bit . . . no, not Rock n' Roll, but definitely alternative. Very indie. But he loved the tune, if not the words. We fought back and forth over it. He had his words, I had mine, but we agreed on the melody. Finally, with a lot of give and take and singing and arguing, we found the right lyrics for this haunting melody. It perfectly complements the book. When I hear it, all the emotion of so many scenes in this story rise to the surface. I hope you feel it too. You can purchase the official Song of David single on iTunes and Spotify.
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Interview by Cristal Hummingbird from Three Little Birds Book Blog
H: Tell us a little about yourself: Who are you? Where are you from? What do you like? What do you do?
AH: I’m just a wife and a mom. My coolest claim to fame is that I know Gladys Knight and sang in her choir for seven years. She’s a fantastic lady and an amazing inspiration. I write, I take care of my kids, I love to do research and I adore a good love story. I love food and books and music, not necessarily in that order. I grew up in Utah, lived in Las Vegas for ten years and moved back to Utah four years ago.
H: When did you start writing? Why?
AH: I’ve always been a writer. Poetry, song lyrics, essays. But I didn’t start writing in earnest until about eight years ago. I started publishing because I was desperate. We were seriously broke, I had a new baby, my oldest was in and out of the hospital, and my husband was working in another state. Things had to change, and I jumped in with both feet and published a book I’d written years before. (Running Barefoot)
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