Making of: The Wilder Series

I was fretting over not knowing how to start my book. All I knew was that I had three brothers running an adventure expedition company. I wanted the guys to be big and bad and tough, and of course sexy, and I wanted them all to be felled, one by one, by love. I wanted them to fall hard and messily, and I even knew by who.

What I didn’t know was who the hell the first hero was and what he was so damn reluctant and reticent and wounded from, I had no idea what had made him who he was.

And then this song came on the radio. It was by Lifehouse, one of my favorite bands, and as I listened to the song, I realized they’d been kind enough to solve all my problems. The words to Whatever It Takes had me suddenly fully understanding the hero.

I love it when that happens.

I just wanted to give a big shout out and eternal THANK YOU to Lifehouse for the below lyrics, which put everything into perspective when I most desperately needed it. For now, here’s the lyrics that started it all.

Whatever It Takes
By LIFEHOUSE

A strangled smile fell from your face
It kills me that I hurt you this way
The worst part is that I didn’t even know
Now there’s a million reasons for you to go
But if you can find a reason to stay

I’ll do whatever it takes
To turn this around
I know what’s at stake
I know that I’ve let you down
And if you give me a chance
Believe that I can change
I’ll keep us together whatever it takes

She said “If we’re gonna make this work
You gotta let me inside even though it hurts
Don’t hide the broken parts that I need to see”
She said “Like it or not it’s the way it’s gotta be
You gotta love yourself if you can ever love me”

I’ll do whatever it takes
To turn this around
I know what’s at stake
I know that I’ve let you down
And if you give me a chance
And give me a break
I’ll keep us together, I know you deserve much better

But remember the time I told you the way that I felt
That I’d be lost without you and never find myself
Let’s hold onto each other above everything else
Start over, start over

I’ll do whatever it takes
To turn this around
I know what’s at stake
I know I’ve let you down
And if you give me a chance
and believe that I can change
I’ll keep us together whatever it takes

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