Keira: What are your top 3 rock songs? Why do you love them?
Olivia Cunning: This is a tough question for me to answer. I’d have a hard time coming up with fewer than 300 favorite rock songs. My top three favorites change day-by-day and hour by hour depending on my mood.
So at the moment, I’m going to go with “Bat Country” by Avenged Sevenfold. It has my favorite guitar solo of all time. And that solo just so happens to be my ring tone. Though I think maybe tonight I like their song “Buried Alive” better.
My second choice is “Psychosocial” by Slipknot. There is just something amazing about how such totally different elements can come together to form a perfect song—hard and edgy, yet smooth. The screaming blended with the singing. I love that. Few vocalists can pull that off with that level of skill. And the drums in that song pack a serious punch.
And for my third song choice tonight, I’ll go with “The Bleeding” by Five Finger Death. Mostly because I had a crappy day at work today and feel the way he sounds. The song is powerful. Not just the lyrics. The music. I feel it on an emotional level.
So those are my top three today, but who knows what my top three favorites will be tomorrow. Maybe I’ll be in an energetic mood and want to listen to Emphatic or Static X. Or angsty and need some Three Days Grace. Or sexy and want some My Darkest Days. Do you see my dilemma? Last week I was on an Aerosmith kick. I must have listed to “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” fifty times. So yes, this is a tough question.
Keira: It’s hard enough juggling one person’s emotions with your own in a relationship, let alone two. How do the characters find a balance in Double Time?
Olivia: They make an effort to ensure everyone’s needs are met—physically and emotionally. Eventually the three develop a strong trust, but that doesn’t come easy, especially since Ethan has broken Reagan’s trust in the past. Even so, I think that because two of them—Ethan and Reagan—have had a past relationship and a continuing friendship, they had a bit of a head start in understanding each other.
Plus, Trey is a pretty easy going person. He’s a bit mixed up at the beginning of the relationship, because he’s denying a big part of who he is and what he needs, but once he figures out how to be happy and how to go about getting what he, he’ll make it work. Trey has an uncanny ability to get anything he wants. Well, almost anything.
The three of them definitely have to communicate with each other. When they don’t, that’s when one of them will start to feel left out, or guilty about paying more attention to one partner compared to another. No one said it was going to be easy! But they genuinely want to work things out, so when things go awry, they set them straight quickly.
Keira: What do you think is the most important part of any relationship?
Olivia: Communication. No one is a mind reader. Problems don’t fix themselves. You have to talk. And half of communication is listening, so that’s just as important.
Keira: If you had to choose: backstage at mid-favorite band’s concert or nosebleed at your favorite band’s concert?
Olivia: Backstage, because it’s beyond the usual experience. And I still dream of marrying a rock star. How’s he supposed to fall madly in love with me if I’m the nosebleed section? Ha!
Keira: What’s up for you after this?
Olivia: The next Sinners on Tour book, Hot Ticket, will be released in February. It’s a deep, dark, emotional read. I definitely listened to a lot of Three Days Grace with that book!
Thanks for having me on your blog today.
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