Searching for Portugal

A SIlent Film, Chapel Hill, April 2011

One of my favorite bands, A Silent Film, has been together for several years but it was only a few months ago that I became aware of their music. When I heard one of their songs, I went to the Internet to do a little research and find out what I could.

The story I stumbled upon is pretty interesting. ASF came together in Oxford, England several years ago. They became well known in their community but for some unknown reason, they didn’t capture the attention of the large music industry. Then one day, they got the call. One song was playing on a radio station in Portugal and it shot to the top of the charts. Suddenly ASF was in high demand. Requests for TV interviews, news articles, and other media poured in. An invitation to a famous music festival materialized. Portugal loved ASF.

Due to this success, ASF was able to move forward. They recently toured the United States and are in the process of recording another album. I would hope, to great fame and fortune. (Read their song lyrics – phenomenal story telling and poetry.)

What’s my point?

As an indie author, I need to find my Portugal. Somewhere there is a market for my work. It might be a small market, it might be a larger market. But it’s out there. And I am going to find it.

This is why I am attempting to make my ebook, TENDERFOOT, available on all the online book stores that will have my work. It’s why I tag my posts, joined some writing boards, research the industry, set up google alerts, and fill out author information everywhere I leave an electronic trail related to books. There are a thousand little details that are part of being an indie author, and I have notes on them all. Because I never know who might happen to pick up an ereader looking for something to read and decide my blurb sounds pretty good.

This is what I keep in mind as I write my second book. Someday I will find my Portugal.

Music Currently Inspiring Blinded

If only I could listen to every song and write nonstop for 13 days!

I cannot write without music.

TENDERFOOT was written on: 3 computers, loose-leaf paper, notebooks, napkins, and a receipt. (It was a really great idea!)

TENDERFOOT was written at: my one hundred year old tiny cherry desk with the finish rubbing off underneath my wrists, in the back of a minivan with the kids bouncing around, in my brother’s apartment in NYC, on vacation in upstate NY, and at work in between phone calls.

The constant? Music. iPhone.

Here’s the playlist currently inspiring BLINDED:


  • Rebelling Voices by Marmalade Sky (Nice guys from Bristol btw!)
  • Dig by Incubus
  • Pyro by Kings of Leon
  • Hurtful by Erik Hassle
  • Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves) by The Wombats
  • Ruby by Kaiser Chiefs
  • Under The Sycamore Tree by Death Cab For Cutie
  • Everyday (Coolin’) by Swizz Beatz


  • Still Need You by Language Room
  • Broken Jaw by Foster the People
  • Many of Horror by Biffy Clyro
  • Colours by Grouplove
  • We Used to Wait by Arcade Fire
  • Take Me Out by Atomic Tom
  • Julie June by A Silent Film