A double dose of authors this week. First up I heard coming a mile away. Why? Because of all the music she was playing on her car radio. When she reached my door I knew it wasn’t the Good Humor Man selling ice cream. I stuck my head out of the front door to figure out what all the racket was about. I mean, for the most part, this is a quiet neighborhood…except or the barking dog upstairs…but that was last year’s problem. Anyway, she waved to me, turned off the radio, strolled right in and sat herself in front of my computer. Before I knew it, she’d whipped out a short piece to promote her latest book, said goodbye, and was gone again in a flash, radio blasting songs. So without further ado I present…wait a minute, I can’t get that song out of my head…
Hello everyone! I’m Susan Catalano, and I write fantasy. Music plays a big part in my writing process. Rarely am I writing without music playing in the background. I have even been known to listen to the same song over and over when working through a particularly troublesome scene or trying to nail down the right mood and pacing.
I write visually, which may sound odd, but simply means that I see the scenes in my head as I write, and what’s a mind movie without a soundtrack? So, I thought I’d share the songs that supported my writing for The Timeless Ones.
The Timeless Ones Playlist:
- Survive – Rise Against: The instrumental opening for this song accompanies Merry in the first chapter as she runs for her life right down to each drum beat.
- Human – Civil Twilight
- Young Blood – The Naked and Famous
- Breathe Me – Sia
- Twilight of the Innocents – Ash: I listened to this A LOT – helped with William’s scenes.
- Letters from the Sky – Civil Twilight: This song blasts throughout Chapter 42
- Lost in Paradise – Evanescence
- Somewhere I Belong – Linkin Park
- Out of My Hands – Dave Matthews Band
- Empire – Shakira: This is Merry’s power song played after the last page.
I also have to give honorable mention to Fields of Gold by Sting, which imbedded the image of a woman waiting for her lover in my head. That woman later turned out to be my main character, Merry. It’s amazing to me how a single phrase could spark an idea that turns into a four-hundred plus page novel.
There are many external influences that can launch a story idea–a photo, an event, an uttered phrase–but there’s nothing I rely on more heavily than the power of song to keep the words flowing. If you don’t already know them, I hope you give a listen to the songs on my list. Perhaps even listen to them as you read The Timeless Ones. I’d love to know if you think they suit the action in the story as much as I do.