Okay! I just have to confess that The Highwayman of Tanglewood is one of my favorite books! I LOVED writing it and I love the feel of it! I’ve always loved stories about Highwaymen, masked men, Robin Hood types, etc…so I’m sure that’s one reason I favor it!
Now…in case you haven’t seen the new cover of the new edition…here it is! Do you LOVE it or what?!!! Seriously! I liked the old one, but this one is just so…so…so manly or something! I love it! AND I’m double excited because, since it’s a “reader favorite” it has been re-released as not only a traditional soft cover version, but also as a traditional hard cover version, too! AND I LOVE that cover as well! (You can click here to see a fold-out of it on The Highwayman of Tanglewood page on my site if you want to!)
The new edition has been re-edited and re-formatted…and obviously there’s a new cover! I LOVE it so much! And I was thinking about all kinds of little things (you know…trivial things) that I wove through the story that I’d almost forgotten about!
For instance: When I was writing it, I was listening to a lot of 50s music during my down time. I LOVE the song Twilight Time by the Platters (I’ll post a video link below) and even though it had nothing to do with The Highwayman of Tanglewood, and wasn’t even the appropriate type of music for a soundtrack, some of the lyrics are so pretty and Highwaymanish…like “when purple-colored curtains mark the end of day,” and “fingers of night will soon surrender the setting sun,” and “Here in the afterglow of day, we keep our rendezvous, beneath the blue way.” See what I mean? Anyway, I just love that song and it really did help inspire some of things (evening moods and stuff) in the book.
Next (and this one is kind of silly I suppose), is Lochlan Rockrimmon’s estate and his name! The year I was first nesting on the ideas for the original e-book version of The Highwayman of Tanglewood, my daughter, Sandy was in the High School Swing Choir. One of the most beautiful and moving pieces they performed that year was Loch Lomond. It’s a melancholy song, but I’ve always loved it and I really loved Sandy’s Swing Choir rendition. (I’ll post a video link of the song below, too) Anyway, the song echoed through my mind over and over as I thought about the book I was wanting to write. I actually thought of calling the estate Loch Loland first, in tribute to the song Loch Lomond, and because I had always wanted The Highwayman of Tanglewood to have an Irish or Scottish accent! Then, on day as I was driving along I-25 through Colorado Springs, I saw the exit for Rockrimmon Ave.! Yep! That’s it! Exactly! Lochlan Rockrimmon was born! Do you love it, or what? I’m so random!
Just a little trivia about our beloved Highwayman of Tanglewood! I do so love love love the new cover! I hope you do, too! AND I hope you still love The Highwayman of Tanglewood…after all…he’s way gorgeous if nothing else, right?