Thompson Square members add “novelist” to their resumes
Country duo penned a book based on their hit single
The members of Thompson Square are extending the brand of their No. 1 hit single, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not,” by publishing a novel of the same name. It’s the first book project from the duo’s married members, Shawna and Keifer Thompson, who penned it with writer Travis Thrasher. It will be published on June 4, 2013 by Howard Books, a Nashville-based Simon and Schuster imprint.
The novel, which is based on the song, centers on characters David Winters and Zoe Spark and their “long, winding journey to love,” according to PR materials. “Thrown together to write the music and lyrics for their high school musical, David and Zoe have always been an unlikely pair whose differences at times drive them apart but also strengthen each other,” according to a press release announcing the book. “Dating on and off throughout college, their timing never seems quite right, and they eventually go their separate ways. However, their chemistry as songwriters is undeniable, and two of their songs eventually become hits. Despite this, the dream is never an easy path to follow, and David and Zoe both find themselves at rock bottom; David at the end of his musical aspirations and Zoe in the middle of a divorce. They come together as old friends and realize the dream was right in front of them the entire time; they just didn’t know it was in each other.”
Earlier this month, Thompson Square won the CMA Award for vocal duo of the year, an award they also took home at the ACM Awards earlier this year. “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” also earned the couple two Grammy Award nominations and is nearing double platinum sales. They will join Luke Bryan on his first headlining tour, the 2013 Dirt Road Diaries Tour, beginning January 17 in Evansville, Ind. Their sophomore album is also due next year.
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Veteran entertainment journalist Phyllis Stark has been reporting extensively on the music industry for two decades. As a freelance writer, her work appears regularly in numerous publications and sites. She previously was Nashville Bureau Chief at Billboard magazine.