I love music. I was in performing arts for twenty years, so music has always been at my side. Not only do I love the sounds and rhythms, I also love the lyrics and the meanings behind them. Music itself can be a story. If you listen carefully, it can trigger emotions and memories, good or bad, and it can speak to your soul. So sufficed to say, music inspires me.
A lot of the music I listened to while writing Unnatural came from the same six artists: The Fray, Paramore, The Bravery, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Flyleaf. I know, completely random collection here. I did sprinkle in other artists like Muse, Justin Nozuka and Michael Bublé, but these six particular artists I listened to on loop, especially the first three. When I listened to their music, I would type and type until the music stopped playing, then I would do it all over again, the words just pouring out on to the screen.
One song I listened to over a hundred times in two days was “Say When” by The Fray. That song helped me write one of the pivotal scenes in my novel, and I don’t think it would have come out the way it did if I hadn’t had listened that song. It set the tone for the state of mind I needed to be in while writing it, and it helped me evolve the scene in to more than what I had originally planned for.
I’m about to start writing the sequel to Unnatural and I need some new music ideas. To give you an idea of the vibe I’m leaning toward, I’ve already got
, The Killers, Muse, and Flypside lined up. So what I’m asking for from my readers is what music inspires you? What artists, songs and albums have helped you through a tough time, played during one of your greatest moments or felt like it should be the track to your life? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your play lists/suggestions. Keep in mind, the music does not have to fall in to the same genre as the bands/artists listed above; I’m open to every genre. Who knows, one just may wind up on the book’s soundtrack (because it’s not just movies that need a soundtrack) that I’m compiling. Linkin Park