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Because I'm one of those spastic people who adores listening to music (and doing pretty much anything other than writing...sigh), I thought I'd put together a little something that explains what in the hell is going on in my head when I come up with a story idea, and how I beat it into submission!

 

Before we get started, understand one important thing...I am, in no way, witty when it comes to talking about myself or my process, so proceed at your own risk!!


 

Once upon a time, many many moons ago (okay it was only 18 months), I got it in my blonde head that I should try to write erotic romance...I mean, I read it, I edit it (for Liquid Silver Books)...why shouldn't I write it??  Yeahhhh, riiiight!!  I was pretty happy with what came out of my experiment (Blink of an Eye), and I fell totally in love with Cassidy and Scott.  Because this was a totally new experiment for me, my musical material varied widely...everything from Tim McGraw (who's an Okie, BTW) to Smashing Pumpkins.  Because my brain is feeble and old *g*, I couldn't possibly dredge up the actual songs that made me tap my toes, but those were two major players...    

Baptism, and the whole RuneQuest series, wasn't supposed to be erotica.  Instead, I'd envisioned it for my TL Schaefer stuff.  But I had so much fun writing Blink of an Eye, I decided to give it a shot.  I wrote the opening paragraphs at my OKRWA writer's retreat, and it just kept picking at me until I bowed in submission.  Aidan was in my head first, and Leanan followed soon after.  When it came to music, I listened to Enya, Amy Lee (from Evanescence), some Talking Heads (a fireman book MUST have Burning Down the House...it's an imperative) and the Red Hot Chili Peppers (specifically, Blood Sugar Sex Magik.  I know, VERY eclectic mix, but what can I say, I like a bit of everything!    

This one was pure girl power!  I was writing this simultaneously with final revisions on Saints (cover coming soon, promise!), and it was all about the girls in both books.  Ms. MacLachlan (Mirrorball), Ms. Lennox (Diva) and Ms. Keys (Diary of Alicia Keys), please step forward and take a bow! Chloe came about from you!  That's not to say that Logan doesn't have his own inspiration, but that was more tribal, and since I live in Oklahoma, it's much easier to come by on a local level.

Wow, how do you deconstruct something you wrote in 1999?  I can barely recall what I did on my LAST book, let alone my first *g*. I DO remember being terrified, and wondering if I totally sucked.  There's a loooong, drawn out story as to how I came by this idea in the interviews section, if you're remotely interested.  All I can really remember was putting my fingers on the keyboard and praying, which may seem muy weird since it's a book about witchcraft!! Because I was still developing my craft (and trying to figure out what in the hell I'd inflicted upon myself), music wasn't an option...I needed all my attention to go to the book...and only the book.  Needless to say, my husband, while tremendously supporting, did throw a few of those "are you coming out in this century?" questions in.  

I LOOOVED writing this book!  Maybe because I already "knew" some of the characters from The Summerland, or maybe because I love writing about my hometown of Mariposa so darned much.  By now I'd KIND OF figured out what I was doing (hey, it only took my book of shame, that will sit, forever unpubbed on my computer, to get that far), I indulged in music.  And I knew *exactly* what kind of music I needed, even if Doug didn't listen to them *VBG*...George Strait's Oceanfront Property, Alan Jackson's Greatest Hits, Dwight Yoakam's ORIGINAL Guitars, Cadillacs, etc, Clint Black's The Greatest Hits (even tho I already owned all of his albums), and the irreplaceable Patsy Cline's Greatest Hits.

I've always listened to music while I'm writing, but especially so in this book, to take me back to 1989. Depeche Mode's Personal Jesus, The Cure's Lovesong, The Smithereens' A Girl Like You, the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Higher Ground, Living Colour's Cult of Personality, Jane's Addiction's Mountain Song and Jane Says, The Violent Femmes' Nightmares, the Psychedelic Furs' House, R.E.M.'s Stand, and Concrete Blonde's God is a Bullet transported me back. And although Metallica's Enter Sandman wasn't released until 1991, it was such a perfect song for this book, I took the liberty of incorporating it in.

witchy This one was all about the girls!  Alicia Key's Songs in A Minor, Annie Lennox's Diva, Sarah McLachlan's Afterglow and Mirrorball, Sade's Lover's Rock and ANYTHING by Bonnie Raitt!

I wrote this book long before I started in on my erotic stuff, and I can definitely credit the listening preferences I got here to helping me out with Ends of the Earth!


I'm working on this one semi-diligently right now (because my critique partner Pat has threatened me with bodily harm if I don't write Mikey's story).  As I work through it, I'm listening to harder stuff...and it's all because of Fiona, the heroine.  While I absolutely adore groups like Seether (Karma and Effect) and Disturbed (10,000 Fists), sometimes a girl needs a blues break, y'know?  No such luck.  Fiona has taken over my listening preferences...that bitch!  Now hopefully she's worth it!  

  • Tongue, Seether  ** Liam's Song**

  • Breath, Breaking Benjamin  **Rhiannon's Song**

  • The Gift, Seether

  • Fake It, Seether

  • Give, Dishwalla

  • Selling the Drama, Live

  • All She Can See, Dishwalla

  • Interstate Love Song, Stone Temple Pilots

  • Lovesong, Cure

  • Stupify, Disturbed

  • Cumbersome, Seven Mary Three

  • Breaking the Girl, Red Hot Chili Peppers

  • Scar Tissue, Red Hot Chili Peppers

  • One Step Closer, Linkin Park

  • I Alone, Live


                      
 
 

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