It’s a rock memoir. It’s a music biography. It’s fiction. It’s a love story. What the hell is it, anyway?
Meet the Lidwells! is the story of a family band from the 90s — four siblings and two cousins — rocking out at town and county fairs and wherever their parents could book them, until they hit the big time with the insanely catchy hit “Grapevine.” They sign to a major label and become a huge success, selling out on tours, finding their faces plastered in teen magazines…only to burn out fast, lose their way, and go out in a blaze of glory less than a decade later.
And yet, somehow, they manage to keep their love of family (not to mention a ridiculous obsession with music) strong and unbreakable.
Not the final cover, obviously, but you get the idea.
This was a story that came to me out of nowhere while I was working on my daily 750 Words back in early 2015. Okay, maybe not out of nowhere. One of my online friends had casually mentioned family bands at some point, and that led me to think of the Osmonds. [I will freely admit that I loved that band when I was a little kid, well before my obsession with the Beatles. Crazy Horses is still a great album.] At the same time, I’d been reading a lot of music biographies, and was also working on my Walk in Silence project, when it occurred to me that writing a fictional music bio would be a hell of a lot of fun.
And it was! I spent a good couple of weeks utilizing my daily words, coming up with fictional interviews, backstory, and even a discography. Meet the Lidwells! will be my next project once the Bridgetown Trilogy is wrapped up, and I’m totally stoked about completing this one!
I hope you enjoy it!