Hello, I'm back again. They haven't managed to rescue me off this island yet, but heck, I'm not complaining. The cabana boys are delightful and very attentive. I never have to worry about my glass going empty. I don't believe I've moved from my lounge chair since I arrived two days ago. Got a little bit of crick in my neck from sleeping out here last night. Thank God, there weren't any mosquitoes.
Enough babbling. Today, I want to talk about music. I love any kind of music. No really, I'll listen to just about anything. On my Touch, you'll find heavy metal, instrumental, country, pop, alternative rock, opera. The list goes on and on. And I've found that those songs can inspire characters or story lines if I keep my mind open to the possibilities. So many lyrics have spawned scenes in my head. Some of which work and some that will never be used in a story, but still any creation can only better my writing skills.
If you follow my blog at all, you know that I posted a list of theme songs for each of my books out so far...well, except for the stories in the anthologies...lol. Not sure why I skipped those. Oh well...Any way.
Nowhere Diner: Finding Love is my up-coming July release from Amber Quill/Amber Allure. Two songs inspired this story and it's a story that had been stewing in the back of my mind ever since I first heard "White Trash Beautiful" by Everlast. I wanted to write a story about a man working at a diner whose lover is a truck driver. Then I heard "Bound for Nowhere" by Miranda Lambert and something clicked in my head. Why not use the ideas in both songs for one story? A man leaves his home town because his lover has gotten married and he's not willing to be the man's dirty little secret. He travels as far away as he can and gets a job at a diner, where he meets a truck driver. Perfect. Finding Love was written, a little quicker than my usual stories.
Ghost of a Chance, my March release from Loose-Id, had two different songs to go with it, but they both go along with the story. "Bring Me to Life" by Evanescence. How fitting is that song when one of the heroes starts out as a ghost? "This Time" by Jonathan Rhys Meyers from the August Rush soundtrack was another song that fit this fairy tale love story. The lyrics "I've been sitting watching life pass from the sidelines" suit Padraig's life up until that fateful St. Patrick's Day. Every time I hear that song, I think I bet Padraig felt this way while he was a ghost. (Of course, that's if Padraig had been a real person..lol)
Tabloid Star (up-coming Sept. release from Samhain) and High Line, my February release from Samhain, have similar themes, so their songs could be interchangeable, I guess. And the songs are an interesting mix, Dixie Chicks, Chris Issak, Nickleback, and 3 Doors Down.
I could go on and on, but as you can tell, music serves as a huge inspiration for me. Any song I hear could either inspire a story or a character...which is probably why I listen to music when I write and I'm always looking for new artists. I will tell you that you'll find almost every song ever sung by Chris LeDoux, Nickelback, Blue October and Linkin Park on my Touch. The rest of my stuff is very eclectic.
Thank you, Wave and the rest of the ladies at DIK. I had a lot of fun, hanging out on the island with you all. I hope I wasn't too much of an idiot...lol.
Leave me a comment about what music means to you or what songs inspire you. I'll pick a name from the comments and you'll get a book (or there might be an option of some special music CDs, depending on what the winner wants.)