I am so excited for this setting tour today because a) Lindsay Harrel is awesome and b) so is Nashville and c) so is her book!
More than two decades ago, Olivia Lovett left her old life behind in the red dirt of Oklahoma and forged a career in Nashville as a country music star. Now her voice is failing, forcing her to find a new dream just as the secrets of her past come knocking at the door. Long-time friend Andrew Grant agrees to partner in a new business venture—but would he stick around if he knew her whole story?
After the tragic loss of her father, twenty-one-year-old Ellie Evans headed to Nashville seeking more than just fame. For two years, she’s waitressed, strummed, and sung her way to what may finally be her big break when Olivia offers to sign her to the budding record label. More than anything, Ellie just wants to be seen: by her future fans, by Nick Perry—a fellow musician with a killer smile and kind eyes—and above all else, by the mother who abandoned her. If the spotlight never shines on her, will Ellie ever feel whole?
One More Song to Sing is a romantic drama about the power of forgiveness, second chances, and a God who never fails to see us.
It’s hard to believe my debut novel, One More Song to Sing, released one year ago today! I thought it’d be fun to share with you some photos of my visit to Nashville, where the novel takes place.
I traveled to Nashville in 2016 for a writing conference and took the opportunity to visit some locations I’d written about. Funny thing, though—I actually discovered a few facts I’d gotten wrong. In other words, the Internet failed me! Ha. But have no fear. I got those facts fixed before the book was published.
The first place of significance I visited from my novel was The Grand Ole Opry. One of the main characters, Ellie Evans, gets a chance to perform there in the novel.
One of those errors I mentioned? Originally, I had Ellie singing backup for another artist and they did a total of four songs. But when I attended a show there, I noticed that most artists were limited to one or two songs each.
Here’s an inside peek at my visit to The Grand Ole Opry:
Next, we visited Walk of Fame Park. Here’s where Nick and Ellie have their first date. I won’t spoil the scene—but it’s pretty sweet!
I made sure to find Trisha Yearwood’s star on the Walk of Fame because Olivia Lovett always dreamed of meeting her.
I took a bus tour of the city with a few friends. It was fun getting an overarching view of the same city where Olivia and Ellie had spent so many years in my head…er, I mean, so many years of their lives. 😉
We ended our day at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which houses mementos of the best country artists from the past and present day.
I searched out some of my favorite artists and came across this handwritten copy of the song “Jolene” by Dolly Parton:
This song appears in the very opening scene of One More Song to Sing. One of the characters sings it as part of an amateur singing competition when she’s a teenager.
Note: If you’d like to see more videos of my Nashville walking tour, check them out on my website’s Extras page.
I hope this has given you a fun inside peek at the city behind the novel. I really strived to make the setting a character as I was writing, and hope this behind-the-scenes look makes things a little more real for you like it did for me.
Thank you, Lindsay! What a great tour!!
Lindsay Harrel is a lifelong book nerd who lives in Arizona with her young family and two golden retrievers in serious need of training. She’s held a variety of writing and editing jobs over the years, and now juggles stay-at-home mommyhood with writing novels. When she’s not writing or chasing after her children, Lindsay enjoys making a fool of herself at Zumba, curling up with anything by Jane Austen, and savoring sour candy one piece at a time. Her next book, The Heart Between Us, releases in March 2018.
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What about you? What’s your favorite kind of music?