Posts Tagged music for writers
When Kelly Simmons was finding her way with her first novel, she put on the soundtrack for The Sopranos TV series and a new creative habit was born. Now, two thrillers finished, she still can’t abide music while writing her initial draft. But come the revisions, she puts on gritty, twisty songs that help her infuse her novels with humanity as well as violence. Join me on on the red blog for her Undercover Soundtrack
‘In that song I finally started to see the character who would introduce my story’ – The Undercover Soundtrack,MJ Rose
My Undercover Soundtrack author this week was struggling to begin her novel when her musician husband handed her a CD containing just one track – a piece he’d composed especially to show her the way. The novel is The Book of Lost Fragrances, the author is MJ Rose, and you can read more about this evocative, romantic mystery – and hear the song written especially for it – on the red blog now
‘Blues took me to the swamps of the Deep South, and the heart-rending misery Emily encounters’ – The Undercover Soundtrack,Sanjida O’Connell
Blues, slave songs and the decadant glamour of the Deep South. My Undercover Soundtrack guest this week stirs up a heady mix for her novel about an Englishwoman in the 1850s who marries a charming American – and discovers he owns a plantation with 700 slaves. Sanjida O’Connell is at the red blog talking about the music that helped her write Sugar Island
I am seriously envious of my Undercover Soundtrack guest this week. As she developed her characters and their world, she found it natural to write the songs of the story too – and then headed into the studio to record them. The result? Her novel has its very own original soundtrack on iTunes. She is Jessica Bell, a poet and songwriter as well as a wielder of the literary art, and her novel is String Bridge. Join me at the red blog to hear more.
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‘These songs infused my writing with the freedom Vivian experienced on that vivid night’ – The Undercover Soundtrack, Mary Vensel White
My Undercover Soundtrack guest this week has had a start many writers would envy. She posted her novel on the HarperCollins writer community Authonomy and this week it will be the first release under the new Authonomy imprint. That novel is The Qualities of Wood, the story of a couple who swap city life for the country, becoming enmeshed in a mystery that has far-reaching personal consequences. Join me on the red blog, where Mary talks about the music that went into her novel’s making and informed her characters’ journeys.