FEVER PITCH (Heavy Influence, #1.5)By Ann Marie Frohoff
Release Date: March 25, 2014
Paperback, 150 pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction / Tough Issues / New Adult
I WAS CRUSHED BY MY HUNGER FOR HIM AND I COULD BARELY BREATHE.
Desire? Definitely. Forever? Maybe.When Jake and Alyssa's virtual affair peaks while his band tours Europe, Alyssa decides it's Jake that she wants for her 18th birthday. She surprises everyone, including Jake, with a planned trip to London.After three years apart will it be everything they've both dreamed of? Alyssa is soon thrown into Jake’s stardom, delicate family matters and a side of him she's never seen before.
Character Interview with Jake Masters
Ann Marie: Thanks for meeting with me. As I stated to your manager, I’m writing an article on love and relationships between people in the spotlight, to bring to light the differences between celebrities vs. “common folk”, so to speak… and how it affects their art. I’ve read a lot about your band and how your music, your new stuff changed because of your love life. There’s been alot chatter in the background since the departure of one of your band mates.
Jake: *laughs* - I’m not a celebrity, but ok and as far as the departed band mate. He’s a piece of shit so I wouldn’t take too much about what he says into account. I mean you do know what he did? Right?
Ann Marie: Yes, but we’ll get back to that.
Jake: No, actually we won’t get back to that, that subject is off limits. Sorry to be a dick about it, but you can understand. I’m not sure about this whole thing, with you and this interview, so we’ll just see how it goes.
Ann Marie: I understand. So let’s start with the basics - Is this all a dream come true for you? Being on the road with your friends, making music?
Jake: Sure. Yeah, of course. I mean I can’t remember a time when this wasn’t what I wanted.
Ann Marie: I read recently that you thought about quitting.
Jake: Um, well, I was kinda going through a lot at one point and I still am. You know family drama and all. I just try to stay focused. I have to admit that it T’s it up for making great music. People connect to it, you know.
Ann Marie: Reading all the social media, the girls are wondering if you’re still seeing your high school sweetheart.
Jake: Um. I kinda like to keep that private. I mean, you can understand.
Ann Marie: It must be tough, trying to have a private life. How has all this affected your music?
Jake: This is where I tell you to listen to it and read the lyrics.
Ann Marie: Fair enough and I have. There seems to be a bit of story on your recently released EP. Can you share a bit about what each song means? Or what it meant when you wrote it?
Jake: Why don’t you ask specifically about one, and I’ll see how I feel about giving you a glimpse in.
Ann Marie: Ok – One of your harder songs, Never Enough, that’s one of the hardest ones I’ve heard by your band since you’ve changed your sound. You seemed angry.
Jake: Yeah. I was, I still am I suppose. It’s about youth being forced to conform to their parent’s and societies standards and how fucked we all are, basically.
Ann Marie: Right on, ok now what about Ordinary?
Jake: I guess that’s when I maybe thought about not doing this anymore, but that was fleeting. A blip.
Ann Marie: Did that thought come from your relationship with…?
*A long silence*
Jake: If you don’t know her name, I can’t answer you.
Ann Marie: You seem bitter.
Jake: Stop beating around the bush and I’ll answer you straight.
Ann Marie: OK, I’ll be straight, because your fans want to know and we’ll stick to the music. Not what’s currently playing out in the media, the song Ordinary – tell me about it, was it meant for Alyssa?
Jake: *big sigh* - I’d never really felt like I wanted to be normal, you know. Like just go to school or whatever and with Alyssa…at the time, that’s what I wanted to be, at that moment, when I wrote that song. I wanted to be like all the other kids in my neighborhood. I wanted to go to school, hang out with my girlfriend and just be normal.
Ann Marie: But you’re not normal, I mean as a career choice normal.
Jake: No, I’m not. Everything about what I do with my music and my lyrics is a derivative of what I see and what I experience. Everything is a song. It’s a melody. I tend to analyze everything and break it down and then it’s a song. Like with you, sitting there, staring at me. You’re an attractive woman…I’m taking in your hair, your eyes, your legs, the sound of your voice and I take into consideration what you do for a living, I wonder if you have a boyfriend because there’s no ring on your finger, or if you have lovers and how many. I could turn you into a song, a fantasy, a melody, right now.
Ann Marie: Fascinating. Thank you for the honesty. So now what about the song Talk About It.
Jake: I don’t think I wanna talk about it. *sly smile*
Ann Marie: Now that’s not fair.
Jake: What’s not fair about it?...Ok…ok. *chuckles* - That song is a universal break up song. I mean really. How many times have you broken up with someone, whether it was your choice or theirs, and you didn’t want to talk about it.
Ann Marie: I think girls always want to talk about it.
Jake: Guys don’t. I don’t know any guy who wants to talk about a break up.
Ann Marie: So you wrote that about your break up with Alyssa.
Jake: *Long silence* – Alyssa and I never broke up. Life just got in the way and I think that’s all I have to say about that subject. With all due respect, I think I’m done now.
Jake: She’s a part of me and always will be. Now I really don’t have any more to say about it.
Ann Marie ("Annie") Frohoff grew up in sunny Southern California. As a teen and young adult, she spent her time frequenting and living in nearly every beachside city up and down the coast.Ann Marie is an author whose vision to tell a story started out like many other aspiring writers, with a dream, literally.After taking her then eight-year-old daughter to a concert, her dream weaving took on a life of its own. Long story short, she quit her high- paying corporate job and went for broke to follow her dream.The first installment in her Heavy Influence Trilogy, FIRST KISS, released June 11, 2013 — The series is a story about young, reckless love between a rising rock star and his younger muse, spanning 10 years of their tumultuous and passionate relationship. Each book in the Trilogy will come with a soundtrack of original music, of which the lyrics will appear in the pages of the books.Annie has settled in the South Bay area of Los Angeles with her family.