It's no secret (to anyone who knows me anyway) that Chris Daughtry and his music played a big part in my writing Unplugged (A Portrait of a Rock Star)...but did you know that MUSIC plays a huge role in ALL of my writing?
That's right! I cannot write if I don't have music. It's not that I'm listening to music while I'm writing. My house is too busy for that. But I do listen while I'm driving in my car - and I usually have one song I keep putting on replay. One song for each book I write.
It is a process finding that song. That song that fits the mood, the soul, the heart of the story I'm writing. Sometimes the words fit, sometimes they don't, but there's always one song I find while I'm writing a specific novel and I play that song over and over and over during the entire time it takes me to finish that novel.
Though there were many songs and themes of Daughtry (and some from Keith Urban) that inspired my rock star romance, one song was the main one - Tennessee Line. The words sort of fit, but the soul of that song hit it right on the head.
For Maybe This Life, it was Bon Jovi's Superman Tonight that was on replay for the many months it took me to write it. Yes, there were plenty of songs and artists I listened to, but once Superman Tonight grabbed hold of the emotions I needed to write Rick and Lena's story, you couldn't stop me from hitting that replay button.
For A Touch of Honor, don't ask me why, but it was Matchbox Twenty's Parade that set my emotions in motion.
Now I am writing the second book in my Honor trilogy - A Man of Honor - and the song that sets my heart on fire is Pink's Just Give Me a Reason. You know, the one with Nate Ruess (the guy from FUN). It totally talks to my point of view character Storm Sutherland. Do the words fit? Not really. But have you heard the song? Holy Moly, the emotions in it are INTENSE. Just take a listen. The pain our Pink and Nate feel grab me by the soul and don't let go. Just like they do for my Storm.
Anyway, I wanted to share with you a little of the Behind-The-Scenes to my writing. I hope you've enjoyed it, and I hope you'll give the above songs a try...at least while you're in the process of reading my books. ;)
Thanks for your time.