Showing posts with label Masters of Puppets. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Masters of Puppets. Show all posts

Saturday, July 2, 2016

What is Your Song? 🎢

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.

In my first book, Fire, Tarah Kiersey's song would probably be Possession Sarah McLachlan 
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! 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Songs that inspired Her Name is Mariah πŸ§›‍♀️

With every book I write, I always have a list of songs that both motivated and inspired throughout the writing process. They tend to reflect on either the main character or a segment of their story. Usually these songs will suddenly start flowing through my mind, find their way onto my iPod or bounce into my thoughts while I'm attempting to fall to sleep. They are the songs that I believe are meant to guide me down the mysterious path that turns into a story and although I often don’t realize it at the time, they tend to have more than one hidden meaning that I may not even recognize at first.

For my next book, to be entitled Her Name is Mariah, I have compiled a list of songs that greatly
represents the complex path that the protagonist follows throughout the book. But first, here is a little about the book:

Mariah Nichols was adaptable. She lived through her parent’s bitter divorce, a childhood of neglect and the discovery that her brother was transgender: so the concept of turning into a vampire was just one more adjustment in an already chaotic life.

But when tragedy rips through Mariah's heart, she realizes what it takes to survive in the world. She must become like an animal and run on instincts not emotions.

Or so she thought.

Her name is Mariah, and this is her story.

Master of Puppets – Metallica

This song constantly went through my head while writing this book. It will surprise many to learn that the protagonist makes several references to the band in the book and as a child, this was the music that helped her sleep and made her feel safe.

Man! I feel like a woman – Shania Twain

Granted, a bit of an unexpected follow up to Metallica, but I will say, it is referred to in the book. When I was finishing the last few chapters of this book, I was also reading Shania Twain’s autobiography and felt a tremendous amount of respect for the challenges she faced in her life. Although I’m not normally a country fan, I loved how her songs were always so positive and empowering toward women. This feeling stuck with me and worked its way into the book.

Don’t fear the Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult

From chapter one, this song had a strong connection to this book. There was almost a hidden meaning within it that I had to explore in order to learn about a tragic character named Mariah Nichols. Death is always a central theme in all my books and this one is no different. There is an unexpected spiritual element that is an important part of this book that I think will surprise readers.

Maneater – Nelly Furtado
Another great Canadian artist is added to my list and her song greatly reflects Mariah Nichols. In fact, there was a brief period when I considered calling the book Mariah the Maneater among other things, but nothing really sat well with me until I decided on Her Name is Mariah.

Hungry like the wolf - Duran Duran

This pertains to a specific, yet a key comment made in the book where Mariah after tragedy strikes her world. She makes the decision that she will not be hunted by a wolf, but chooses to be the wolf herself.

Yin Yang - USS

I became addicted to this song for several months and for some reason, I connected it to Mariah’s attitude and view of the world. At least, in one portion of the book.

Sour Girl - Stone Temple Pilots

Another song I couldn’t get out of my head while writing this book and it is said to be about someone feeling like an emotional hostage in a relationship. That suits a portion of this book perfectly.

And finally....

As I have commented earlier in this blog, I always have a list of songs that inspire each of my books. Here is a complete list of all my books, check out the following links: -)

Canadian author Mima is known for her complicated and diverse characters, a dark style and for never shying away from controversial topics. To request an interview or if you are interested in doing a book review, please send requests here

Mima is the author of Fire and the prequel, A Spark before the Fire, as well as The Rock Star of Vampires  Her Name is Mariah and Different Shades of the Same Color. Join Mima on Facebook, TwitterG+ and Goodreads also, check out her Amazon Author Page

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