Today’s guest is totally hot momma, Juliana Stone. I heart Jules – she’s funny, smart, loves music as much as I do (and even has her own rock band, hello) and she’s a great writer too. Really, if she wasn’t so totally awesome I’d have to hate her on principle.
I’d like to thank the fab Lauren for inviting me to spend some time here at her blog and help celebrate the release of her latest book, Insatiable. Um, yeah…HAWT COVER ALERT!
Today, I’m gonna talk music. I know Lauren enjoys music of all kinds and for me personally, music is a huge part of my everyday life. But it also plays a big part in my writing life.
Now I can’t listen to music while I write. It would be way too distracting. I’m a singer, so generally music can’t be just in the background. It needs to be up front and in your face and I NEED TO SING ALL OF THE WORDS. Out loud. If it’s a great song, really loud. See how this might screw things up?
But when I want to get into a certain frame of mine, say I’m about to write a very sad or melancholy scene I will listen to a few select songs before writing. Music pulls emotion from me in the same way written words do.
In the last book that I just completed, I had a very sad, heart wrenching scene to write. I’m very much a linear writer. I can’t skip ahead…I need to keep going forth. But when it came to this scene I’d just come back from playing baseball. We’d won and I was in a great mood. Not really the frame of mind needed to write something emotional.
So, pulled up trusty U tube and punched in “The River” by Springsteen. There is one certain live version where Bruce does this long rap about the relationship he had with his father, how it was fragile, broken and yet this man was still his dad and he cared. I listen to him talking and then the lonely wail of his harmonica chimes through and I’m about done. Bubbling, blubbering and sad.
So I listened and I wrote and the scene was awesome!
In honour of Lauren’s contest, I’m going to give away a signed copy of the first book in my Jaguar Warriors series, His Darkest Hunger…I’ll also include a signed cover flat of the second book, His Darkest Embrace. I can’t post the full cover yet, but here’s a sneak peek…
All right, for a chance to win, in the comment section let me know what song tugs at your heartstrings.
The winner will be announced tomorrow at Tracy’s blog!