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One of the scenes in Ghostly Interference included Jag Peters purchasing a book of poetry for Rena Jett. He wanted something that would help comfort, and start the healing process after losing her brother, Sam Jett, in the war in Afghanistan.
As I am sure you know, you cannot quote someone else’s work within your own body of work. So, I had to create a poem to include in a specific scene.
I had to do the same thing with song lyrics as you also cannot quote someone else’s song lyrics within your work without their written permission. With the song lyrics, I only had to create lines, not the whole song.
Excerpt 1: Poetry
She filled her coffee cup and sat down at the table. The poetry book Jag had bought her lay at one end and she reached for it, lightly running her fingers over the cover.
The book fell open to a poem entitled “Next to You.”
You cannot see me or touch me
But I’m standing next to you
Your tears can only hurt me
Your sadness makes me blue
Be brave and show a smiling face
Let not your grief show through
I love you from a different place
Yes, I’m standing next to you.
As she read the words, tears flowed. “Oh Sam,” she whispered. “You’re here. I just know it. But I can’t help but wish your body was here too. You’d get along great with Jag, even though he’s very different from us. He said he loves me and I think I’m falling for him too.”
Excerpt 2 – Song Lyrics:
The years of working at Granite Technology seemed like an eternity ago. Quitting that job was perhaps the best thing he’d ever done.
Almost colliding with Rena had been totally out of his control and yet a life changing event so big he could never have imagined it.
How could he not have known he needed something more than just the job security and safe circle of family and friends? And yet someone somewhere in the Universe knew.
Knew that he and Rena Jett needed each other. He was grateful that their two worlds had collided. Grateful for divine intervention.
Inspired, he reached for pen and paper. With one hand on the keys and the other holding the pen, he composed the beginning of a tender love song.
“I didn’t know I needed you. I didn’t have a clue. I imagined I was happy, but my window had no view…”
Hours passed before he stopped and stretched. He flipped the switch and covered the instrument.
“Let me hear you sing something. I’ve got a feeling you have a good voice.”
“Okay. I’m more than a little nervous, but I’ll give it a shot. I’ll sing something I wrote just the other day.”
Damien raised his eyebrows. “You write too? That’s fantastic. Let me hear it.”
Jag avoided looking at Damien while he played and sang the song he’d written for Rena. He tagged the ending. “And you can’t see tomorrow through yesterday’s eyes.”
Damien clapped. “Oh hell! That was great! Do you have more? I don’t want to sound like I’m bragging, but I can get them heard by some heavy-hitters if you’re interested.”
“I’ve written quite a few over the years. I hadn’t thought of trying to do anything with them. I just write to express my feelings.”
“That’s all any of us do. With every song I write, every guitar lick I play and every performance, I give a little of myself away. That’s what music is. And the key to the whole deal is making people feel it. Then they become a part of the song and a part of you.”
“That’s beautiful, Damien.” He stared at the man who’d walked into his life.
Damien laughed. “Don’t get too serious on me. But it’s true. Hey, let’s play some more.”
Have you ever had to create poems or song lyrics to weave into your stories? I’d love for you to share it in the comment if you have.
You’re so talented, Jan. You not only write books, but poems, and song lyrics also. I loved the excerpts you included here.
Here is the book information.
Jag Peters has one goal in his quiet comfortable life—to keep his karma slate wiped clean. A near-miss crash with a candy apple red Harley threatens to upend his safe world. He tracks down the rider to apologize properly. Slipping into a seedy biker bar, he discovers the rider isn’t a “he”, it’s a “she”, a dark-haired beauty.
Rena Jett is a troubled soul, who lives in a rough world. She wants no part of Jag’s apology, but even while she pushes him away, she is attracted to him. When he claims to see a ghost—her brother—can she trust him? And could her brother’s final gift, a magical rune stone with the symbol for “happily ever after” have the power to heal her wounds and allow opposites to find common ground—perhaps even love?
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