Chris Russell: Songs About a Girl (July 2016)

At the age of thirteen, Chris formed pop/rock band The Lightyears with his best friends from school. Since then, The Lightyears have toured all over the world, trashing a grand total of zero hotel rooms and performing everywhere from Wembley Stadium (which Chris talks about rather a lot) to a cow shed in Belgium (which he talks about less – it was a booking error).

In 2013, after a three-month stint ghost-writing for a One Direction fan club, Chris developed an obsession with boy bands and came up with the idea for the Songs About A Girl trilogy. Chris has written a number of the songs that feature in the story and if you’re not careful, he will threaten to play them to you.

Chris has a BA in English & Drama from Bristol University, and a yellow belt in Tae Kwon Do, which he isn’t afraid to use. He is currently busy writing the sequels to Songs About A Girl, gigging with The Lightyears and fanboying in the general direction of Harry Styles.

Find him on Twitter @chrisrusselluk and on his website.

Songs About a Girl: When sixteen-year-old aspiring photographer Charlie Bloom receives the invitation of her dreams – to take backstage photos for chart-topping boyband Fire&Lights – it’s an offer she can’t refuse. Overnight she is launched into a world of bloggers, paparazzi and backstage bickering and soon becomes caught between the dark charms of the band’s lead singer and songwriter, Gabriel West, and his boy-next-door bandmate Olly Samson. Charlie’s growing notoriety makes her a daily target for bitchy bully Aimee Watts and her clique, and though she seeks comfort in her best friend, Melissa, her life spirals ever further out of control. As her connection with Gabriel deepens, Charlie stumbles upon a spine-tingling truth: all the songs he has written for Fire&Lights’ debut album are, impossibly, linked to her and her past. How can this be? What dark secrets has he uncovered? Why is Melissa acting so strangely all the time? And will this rivalry between Gabriel and Olly eventually tear the band apart?

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