Author: Amy K. McClung
The One Song that Epitomizes Across the Way
the Way is “Places I’ve Been” by Taylor Hicks. After he won American Idol, Season 5, I listened to
his CD many times over. No song touched me more than this one. It speaks to how
I feel about my own husband, which are the feelings I use to write my romance
books. One reason the song fits the book so perfectly is because the lyrics are
what inspired me to write this story. The song begins by saying:
places I’ve been
to one thing.
to be is with you.”
traveling to exotic places began to unfold in my head. Originally she was set to
travel around the world, but after checking into the bank budget it would take,
it seemed a better idea to begin smaller with only the US and Canada. Each
piece of the song gave me more insight into who Marie was and what she would
get out of this journey. Her dream has
been to travel the US because growing up, she never had the opportunity to
venture outside of her home state. For
years it has been her only focus in life, working multiple jobs, saving money
to make her dream come true.
on with no meaning
Way came about because of all the people she meets “across the way” who
inspire her to take chances, encourage her to learn from mistakes, and support
her with unconditional love.
faces I’ve seen
mean something to me
toward a goal, realizes the one thing she’d been missing all these years is
love. At age twenty-five, she’s never
been in a long-term relationship. Being alone on the road, making new friends,
she finds not only one love, but two.
that I’ve done
that I’ve loved
to be is with you”
love in unexpected places, but it’s about the friendships we make in life and
how they affect our outlook on what’s important. It’s about making mistakes but
learning from them. Everyone Marie meets during her trip gives her a new
perspective in some way. Though she doesn’t stay in touch with many of them,
they all held a special place in her heart.
In the end, there is only one place she wants to be, wherever he is. To find out who he is, you’ll
have to read the book.
Amy began writing in September of 2011 and independently published her first YA novel, Cascades of Moonlight, Book one of the Parker Harris series the following May. Her first book was a means of therapy for her, enabling her to escape reality for a while during a difficult transition in her life.