Let the Music Move You (a cry for help)


I’ve been thinking a lot about music and how it affects my writing lately. For each story/book I write I usually try to pick out either a specific song, or specific genre of music to play while I’m writing. For The Arrangement that song was “All of Me” by John Legend.

I seriously think I listened to that song on repeat for months while I wrote some of the most emotional scenes between the main characters. Even now, when I listen to it on the radio it conjures up the late nights of writing my first book, and probably always will.

For Standby it was more a type of music than a certain song. I listened to lots of Adele and Kelly Clarkson while writing the first book in the WQUZ News Series. I wanted that independent, strong woman vibe to come through when I wrote Mira’s character.

As I am writing my modern adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk (still unnamed) I’ve been listening to “Close” by Nick Jonas and Tove Lo.

This one fits the main characters, Jax and Harper, so perfectly I almost couldn’t believe it the first time I heard it. The feel of the song, the lyrics, everything just snapped into place. Plus, I’m not even going to deny that I have serious lady boner for Nick Jonas.

(Oh damn, oh damn, oh damn!)
I’m so perplexed
With just one breath, I’m locked in
Oh damn, oh damn, oh damn
(I’m so perplexed)
On that, it’s almost shocking
I know, I know you know you’re scared
Your heart, your mind, your soul, your body
They won’t, they won’t, they won’t be careful
But I guess that you don’t know me…

‘Cause if I want you, and I want you, babe
Ain’t going backwards, won’t ask for space
Cause space is just a word made up by someone who’s afraid to get too…

Part of the reason I think I’ve been struggling with Breaking, the second book in the WQUZ series, is because I haven’t found that song that puts me in the right head space yet. That combined with my epic pregnancy brain is making for a rough go. So I’m looking for help from anyone reading this. I need a song about a woman in love with a man, but maybe doubting herself a little. Thinking she’s not good enough. Or a song about a man who wants her to see how fantastic she is, like he does.

Throw your suggestions at me in the comments!

Release Countdown Day 1: Dreams

I’m in the final countdown to the official release of The Arrangement.

In five days I will officially be a published novelist, which completely blows my mind. In celebration, each day until the book comes out on Friday I’m going to share with you something about The Arrangement. How I got the idea, funny things that happened along the way, and insights into the characters. I hope you’ll follow along with me!

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I’m fascinated by the ways people are inspired, and the art that inspiration shapes. For me inspiration comes in everyday occurrences and the mundane bits of life.Aha Moment on Red Billboard.

I first got the idea for The Arrangement sitting in a meeting bored out of my mind. I noticed a small rip in the thigh of my tights and a scene started forming in my mind. I didn’t have character names, a setting, or even a plot in mind yet. Just an image of a man kneeling between a woman’s legs, ripping a whole in her pantyhose with his teeth. Eighty five thousand words later I have a book on my hands.

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