Color Blind # 1
Genre- YA paranormal
By- Penny Miller
All her life Harmony Phillips has felt defective. Growing up in a paranormal community where magikal abilities come from the wavelengths of color, a color blind girl is worthless, and they haven't let her forget it. No one but her adoptive parents, Charlie a Were-Lion and Sarah a Witch, along with her best friend Tesch, a Siren, have ever given her an ounce of esteem. When a fit of outrage unlocks the color yellow to her eyes, Harmony passes out cold with shock over her eggs and accidentally glamours her nemesis Challen Parks into a cowardly golden retriever. As other colors unfold before her eyes, so do new abilities. Love and friendship get turned upside down as Harmony struggles to have faith in people, discovering they are not always as they seem. The misfit becomes the outlaw as she is once again different from everyone else. What began as joy turns to peril when the paranormal Council finds out she is more than a Witch, or a Were or a Fae... oh my.
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Please share the playlist you listened to while writing ‘Color Blind’ with us
Excellent question because music is such an integral part of my writing.
I’m very eclectic with music. I grew up listening to everything because I had so many influential people in my life. My dad was a 50’s fan, my mom loved 60’s rock ‘70’s country music. My aunt was a die-hard Elvis fan. My uncle listened to Marty Robbins. My grandparents enjoyed Glenn Miller and the big bands of the 1940’s WWII era. I grew up in the 80’s and 90’s. My children have kept me young at heart and listening to all the new music of the 21st. century.
It’s in my book bio that I wrote Color Blind when my daughter asked me when I was going to write something she could read? I used to write books in the erotic romance genre with a partner. (whole ‘nother story, LOL.) Anyway. My daughter, Amy wanted to read my writing and I of course wouldn’t share the stories with her because she was only 13 at the time and well, the stories were for the 18+ audience. I determined that I would write something else, a short story maybe, just for her.
I went to bed one night listening to music. I do that from time to time to drown out noise and my swirling thoughts. The last song on my playlist that night was “Color Blind” by Counting Crows. That night I had a dream in black and white and in the dream I was looking down at a plate of fried eggs. When I cut into them the yolks ran yellow and I screamed. The feelings and images were so vivid;. All the next day the idea haunted me, how would it feel to be completely color blind and then have the world suddenly start turning colors before your eyes? As I drove from place to place for my job, I played the song over and over and thought about seeing the world fresh and new.
“I am color blind...coffee black and egg white,
pull me out from inside… I am ready, I am ready. I am ready.
I am fine.”
By the time I got home from work that day, Harmony Phillips was a big and real in my head as a sunrise. I sat down and wrote the breakfast scene first. From that point the rest grew and evolved.
But Harmony is a young girl/woman. To keep my fingers on her youthful pulse I would listen to and discuss new music with my daughters. I discovered Fall Out Boy, Imagine Dragons, Ed Sheeran, Panic at the Disco, Cold Play, Florence and The Machine and Echosmith. My playlist for this story keeps evolving. I am writing the second book Color Full as we speak, so songs keep being added and dropped as new music comes to my attention.
I’m sharing my Spotify playlist for Color Blind here as well as listing the music. Why? Because the music tells Harmony’s story as much as I do. Happy Listening!
- Colorblind by Counting Crows - My first inspiration
- Yellow by Cold Play- It was Harmony’s first color and describes how Tesch feels about her.
- Dog Days Are Over by Florence and the Machine - Harmony is standing up to the bullies in her life and feeling a bit overwhelmed by her new situation.
- Life In Color by One Repuplic- The song fits the story and is one of mine and Harmony’s favorites.
- Tell Her You Love Her- Echosmith- This is the top of the Ferris wheel with Tesch.
- Wake Me Up by Avicii- Harmony learning to deal with her new powers the consequences.
- Young Volcanoes by Fall Out Boy- I see Harmony and Tesch flicking balls of magik at each other in a paranormal game of tag/’dodgeball in her front yard.
- Darkness by Third Eye Blind- Harmony discovering that people aren’t always as good a friend to her as she is to them; mistrust and disloyalty challenge her.
- Take Me Church by Hozier- the darkness of the music suits the background of Harmony’s greatest loss.
- Centuries by Fall Out Boy- Because Harmony’s story will go down in history paranormal and normal alike.
There you have it. My Color Blind playlist and a brief description of how the songs made the list. I hope you love the music as much as I do. So plug in, turn it up and dance!
About the Author-
Penny Miller is a born and bred Oklahoman. She has a nursing degree from Eastern Penny Miller Oklahoma State College and is a Registered Nurse in addition to being an author. Penny wrote her first short story complete with illustrations when she was seven-years-old and has been writing ideas and bits of dialogue ever since. As a child, her mother regularly read to her classic faery tales. It was those stories that ignited her imagination and attraction to the magical and whimsical. With her three children Robert, Amy and Cheyenne, she carried on the tradition of introducing them to fantasy and other worlds through stories. Three years ago, she co-authored erotic romance e-books under the pseudonym Jp Archer. At that time her daughters asked her when she was going to write stories they could read. Penny went to her keyboard and dug in and her debut solo novel, Color Blind, was born. Most importantly, creating a story in the Young
Adult/Paranormal genre is where she found her true voice as a writer. She hopes readers will become fans of her heroine Harmony Phillips and follow her story through the next phases; Colorful and Colorless.
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