Saturday, July 2, 2016
I've often mentioned that each of my books brings with it a personal soundtrack; a collection of songs that inspired me through the writing process, songs that suddenly got stuck inside my head and refused to leave until the specific book was completed. Interestingly enough, once the process is over, the song seems less prevalent in my subconscious.
Not only does each book develop a collect of songs that take me through the writing process, but I've noticed that there's always one song in particular that stands out as being the song that best represents the protagonist. I'm pretty sure the same can be said for each of us; in fact, we probably can think of some songs that makes us immediately think of friends or family members because it describes them perfectly.
This was a song that went through my mind for months, possibly even years before I started to write this particular manuscript. At the time, I would envision a scene that would later fit into my first book, even though I wasn't yet sure of its significance. All I knew was that it was very powerful and that the character behind it was pushing her way through to tell her story.
A Spark before the Fire was, to a degree, the prequel to Fire and discussed the life of a strong character from my first book, Jimmy Groome. There are so many songs that could fit this character, but if I had to choose one, I would say Something in the Way by Nirvana. Depending on how you interpret this song, you could view this in a couple different ways and to be honest, either would apply in this situation.
I switched things up when I decided to write about vampires in The Rock Star of Vampires and a young woman named Ava Lilith. She lived a secret life, one that she felt had to be hidden from everyone around her, always hiding the truth about her identity. Her song was Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls.
Her Name is Mariah was connected to The Rock Star of Vampires in that she was a secondary character that quickly rose to the top, demanding her own book. Hardly a soft character, Mariah Nichols wasn't someone who would have a gentle, delicate song to represent her. Try Metallica.
Try Masters of Puppets.
With Different Shades of the Same Color, Natasha Parsons was a bit of a free spirit, a bit of a hippie and the one song that struck me as I was writing this book and carried through to be the song the defined her was Blame by Calvin Harris. Trust me, it relates to this character.
I just finished writing my sixth book and I'm already thinking of my seventh. The next one will feature a male character from Different Shades of the Same Color and his name is Chase Jacobs. Without a doubt, his theme song would be Animal I Have Become by Three Days Grace. It suits him to perfection and in fact, describes the raw power behind the story.
So what's your theme song? Share it in the comment section. If you wish to learn more about any of these books (or read their complete soundtrack list) check out this link!
Labels: A Spark before the Fire, Animal I have Become, Different Shades of the same Color, FIRE, Her name is Mariah, Masters of Puppets, Metallica, Nirvana, The Rock Star of Vampires, Three Days Grace
Author of Fire, A Spark before the Fire and The Rock Star of Vampires, Her Name is Mariah, Different Shades of the Same Color, We're All Animals, Always be a Wolf, The Devil is Smooth Like Honey, A Devil Named Hernandez and And The Devil Will Laugh. All are available at Amazon, Chapters, iTunes or most online retailers. Check it out at www.mimaonfire.com.