Music Makes the Writing World Go Round
- July 30, 2019
- L.A. Chandlar
Music has always been important to me and transports me back to times and places that are permanently etched in my mind. I also managed a rock band for several years, so I guess you could say music will always be part of my heart. So it’s not surprising that music is a BIG part of my books. Not only what the characters listen and dance to, but as I write them! I write historical mystery thrillers that take place in the l930s. I often will listen to period music to help with the mood, the ambiance, and the point in time. But I also listen to modern music if it sets the tone or gets me riled up to write a good action scene. I often write to period crooners like Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sammy Davis, Jr. I also listen to modern day crooners like Michael Bublé and Harry Connick, Jr.
But on occasion, I need MOOD. I need tempo and drive. The end-scene in The Gold Pawn, where you at last discover a critical piece of information in a diabolical scene, I wrote it to Lady Gaga’s Poker Face. Just seemed to fit. Others were written to Rihanna, Eminem, INXS, The Beatles, The Killers, Journey, Aerosmith and the B52s.
On Twitter I recently asked writers how music moves them. I got some fabulous responses!
Sean Cameron, up and coming author, wrote that the Promontory Theme from the film Last of the Mohicans always helps him make a sequence better, tighter, more intriguing. (I also have that on my Playlist! It’s divine) He also loves soundtracks from films including Inception, Hoosiers, Gladiator, and We Were Soldiers to name a few. (I’m a huge fan of soundtracks. Just looked up so many songs from the series Umbrella Academy!)
Mariah Fredericks, bestselling author of historical mysteries said that Thomas Newman’s score to Little Women (Here it is: https://amzn.to/311aZgv) always brings her to her time period, even though it’s technically a littler earlier. (LOVE her writing! If you haven’t read her Death of A New American, you should!!!!) Here you go: https://amzn.to/2MqkOAO
Adam Hamdy, UK author extraordinaire, said that his fast-paced Jason Bourne style action novel, Pendulum (Get it here: https://amzn.to/2ZitwVl ) was written to The Journey, a two-hour drum and bass mix. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8MWKsheHxk
So how do you feel about music? Do love having it around you at certain times? Do you feel like life isn’t complete if you DON’T have it? I also love having some jazz playing while I’m making dinner, drinking a glass of wine. Or maybe some 90s happy music like How Bizarre by OMC :-).
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D.A. Bartley is giving away her first book, Blessed Be the Wicked AND her upcoming release (STARRED review by Publishers Weekly!) Death in the Covenant. Leave a comment and you’ll be entered to WIN today! “Razor sharp” -Linda Castillo
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