Music has always inspired me as I write. I have a playlist on youtube that I started with some of my favorites. Songs that have inspired stories like SCENES FROM AN ITALIAN RESTAURANT was an inspiration for a current work in progress A BOTTLE OF RED. I also include songs with attitude for my main character Laura in my series. I also included a song by Peter Frampton who is my character Miranda’s fave rocker in my NaNo 101 CROSS STREET. Most of what I listen to is classic 70s but this is a variety package I am sharing with you.
A MUSICAL QUESTIONAIRE
Were any of your books inspired by a song? If so, which?
One of my stories A BOTTLE OF RED was inspired by SCENES FROM AN ITALIAN RESTAURANT by Billy Joel. I thought the title fit theme as it was the same as the song about revisiting your past.
Do you find yourself including music within your books?
Sometimes I mention music or songs in my books but not always.
Do you use music for mood, pacing, etc in your novels?
I usually listen to classic 70’s rock when I write. Especially my Laura and Gerry series. I listen to songs with attitude like MY GIVE A DAMNS BUSTED (ok that’s not 70s but it has attitude that matches Lauras attitude.
Have you taken a song title for a book title?
Not a song title but a line from a song A BOTTLE OF RED
Are any of your characters musicians?
No not musicians but there are some comedians running amok.
Do your characters’ musical tastes reflect yours?
I guess I have imposed my tastes on my characters or given the time they were born like the late 70s they might like 90’s music or later of which I like some.
What kind of music do you listen to when you write?
Seventies and some of the one hit wonders of the 80’s. It depends on what my mood is at the time.
Is there any type of music you will absolutely not ever listen to?
Old twangy country
Classical music –would put me to sleep
Some authors make playlists for every book. Have you done that?
No but it’s a great idea. Maybe I might
What are some of your favorite musicians?
60’s Motown artists like Aretha Franklin and Sam and Dave.
BACHMAN TURNER OVER DRIVE
TOO MANY ONE HIT WONDER BANDS
I WENT COUNTRY AS MOST OF THE GRUNGE AND NEW MUSIC I HATED AND COUNTRY WAS STARTING TO ROCK.
What is your favorite instrument in the band?
Guitars and keyboards
Also love the sax if its jazz
Do you ever get songs stuck in your head that simply won’t go away? How do you purge them?
I go play my fave 70s music to get the nasty entity out of my head
Don’t stop by Fleetwood Mac-My anthem and hope for the future.
Fire it up by Johnny reid–I don’t know why but this song inspires me.
We didn’t even see the dust- Paul Brandt–Trust and faith that Laura will be okay no matter what she gets into.
Dancing in the dark -The Boss–Big fan of the boss
Life Is a highway Tom Cochrane–How Laura feels about life.
My Give a damns busted-JoDee Messina Lauras song for Lou after he dumped her for a guy.
Taking Care of business.-Bachman Turner Overdrive–Canadian content just a song I have always liked
I’m alright Kenny Loggins
I will survive Gloria Gaynor–Another anthem for Laura after her break up with Lou.
Scenes from an Italian Restaurant-Song that inspired A BOTTLE OF RED
Do you feel like we do Peter Frampton Mirandas fave rocker –Character from my NaNo 101 CROSS STREET.