#Rocktober Guest Blog Post: Brandon Shire

Posted: October 10, 2014 in Guest Poster, Rocktober
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Brandon Shire

I don’t remember where I was online when I saw the cover: a naked man looking rather… umm… devastated, holding a violin. I had to ask. What was up?

Since it’s Rocktober — although this is something I’d like to see happen more often around here (hint) — I asked Brandon to write you guys a bit about Why Rock Fiction. Here’s what he had to say:

Have you ever heard someone say they hate music? Me either. Never. Not once. People might dislike certain genres, but I’ve never met anyone who detests music in all its varied forms. There are many more genres than you might assume, and those don’t even take cultural variations into consideration.

The sheer diversity of music makes me wonder if it’s possible to live on this planet without musical input in one form or another. I couldn’t do it myself. I love music.

If you sit down and think about it, music is woven into our entire existence. When you’re in the car, shopping, watching TV, and let’s not forget what you carry with you on your cell. Music is inescapable.

But what happens when music takes you to a place you don’t want to go? What happens when the production of music is your life in the most literal sense? What happens when the most tragic, dire event of your life occurs and music cannot help you find an exit from the pain?

That’s what I explored in my latest novel, Summer Symphony. When a father loses his daughter to stillbirth, his world caves in and he does not know how to continue.

Summer Symphony is written from a father’s perspective because all too often, fathers are forgotten in the grieving process. And while the physical connection between mother and child can never be disputed, the erroneous idea that men don’t grieve over babies lost to miscarriage and stillbirth is absurd and untrue. This book is about music, love, life, and how a father’s dream for a child never came to be.

I’m fascinated, to be honest with you. Thankfully, Brandon was kind enough to send me a copy to read and review. I will dive in as soon as I finish this really delicious romance I’m having fun with.

Here’s the back cover copy. It just gets better!

Martin Zoric had vivid dreams of fatherhood, of a small hand pressed to his, of pink dresses and girlish laughter. Then his wife had a stillbirth and his world fell apart.

He listened to the unwanted apologies, stood by his wife as was expected of him, and kept his façade strong and firm for the entire world to see.

But does he have the strength let go and really grieve?

When Ren Wakahisa landed in Croatia he was hoping to escape the cultural pressures put on him to conform. His family wanted him to forsake love for duty. They viewed his happiness as secondary to familial prosperity.

Does he have the courage to be who he wants to be? Or, will he yield to their wishes?

Summer Symphony is the story of how two men find their answers and what they learn about strength, and grace, and the endurance of love.

And for those of you who keep track of these things, or are interested, October isn’t just Rocktober. October is also Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Month. I have too many friends and relatives who’ve lost babies and children, so this is near and dear to my heart, even though it’s something I’m thankful daily I haven’t had to face.

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