Friday Inspiration: Owen Breen – To Have, Not to Hold

Sometimes a song inspires me to write a scene – or even a whole novel!


At other times, I’ve already got a scene planned but I hear a song that perfectly captures the feeling of the scene. The song then becomes part of the “soundtrack” to the novel and the music helps me to solidify the feeling of the scene in my mind.


When writing Emily’s Trial, I knew that Emily was going to be drawn to a hot guy. And I knew that it would be this attraction that would tempt her to use her magic in a forbidden way. Is this guy hot enough to tempt a young woman to do something she knows she shouldn’t do?

Ian Somerholder, Perfect to play Owen Breen

Have you ever done something really stupid or something you later regretted for love or attraction?


In Emily’s Trial, Emily is drawn to Owen Breen like a moth to a flame. It feels inexplicable to her, but she can’t help herself. Why is she drawn to him beyond all reason?


You’ll have to read the book to find out ๐Ÿ˜‰


Madonna’s song “To Have and Not to Hold” perfectly captures what Emily is feeling in Emily’s Trial.


To have, and not to hold

So hot, yet so cold

My heart is your hand

And yet you never stand

Close enough for me to have my way.



Like a moth, to a flame

Only I am to blame.

Ba da ba da ba ba,

What can I do?

Ba da ba da ba ba,

I got straight to you.

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One thought on “Friday Inspiration: Owen Breen – To Have, Not to Hold”

  1. I'm always too worried about info and character development I have to get across in a scene to think about songs. But songs are very emotional, and it's terrific if you get inspired to write by them – writing is the goal, and you're doing it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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