By Kimberly Quinton
Do you listen to music while you read? Do you have to have the radio on at work or while you’re cooking dinner or folding laundry? I do. Turning on my music is one of the first things I do when I sit down at my desk. Music comes before checking email, Facebook or writing a word. I need peppy, upbeat tracks to get me going in the morning and also to put me in the creative mood. But! And this is a big one… I can not have music with lyrics playing while I’m writing. Before writing and when brainstorming or when researching or playing on social media—music is essential. While actually in the zone and letting the words fly—only soothing classical or “spa” like music will do. Otherwise, I find myself getting lost in the lyrics, singing along and losing focus on the book and letting the music send me daydreaming.
For my Holiday Hearts Series, I put together several playlists to get me in the mood for the stories and ready to write. I find myself using the feelings and emotions the songs evoke as a muse and I try to hold onto it as I write.
A few of my favorites- With Videos! Enjoy!
Her Wish Before Christmas
I’m a child of the 80’s so Wham’s Last Christmas is way up at the top of my Christmas Song list. And the video is adorable.
Rachel Potter sings a fabulous version of All I Want For Christmas Is You. I love her voice and this is one of my all time favorite Christmas songs.
Lena is a former supermodel trying to find a new direction in life and Marcus makes a fool of himself trying to fit her into a neat little category. Her Roar makes him take notice that his assumptions really had made him an ass.
Roar, Katy Perry
Just The Way You Are, Bruno Mars
Who doesn’t want to be loved for the little things? The feeling that both Marcus and Lena are looking for the person who loves them just the way they are is what I think about when listening to Bruno’s beautiful voice.
Coming Soon! Star Spangled Surprise- Holiday Hearts #3.
This is Jacqui’s story and her steamy start to a love affair takes her on a journey unlike Books 1 and 2. I can’t wait to show you more of Jacqui and Ryan soon! For now, know I needed some of my favorite sexy songs to get in the mood to write their story.
I Need Your Love, the Pentatonix version. So awesome!
As I brainstorm Cilla’s story, I’m going back to all of these for inspiration plus a few more:
I Want You To Want Me, Cheap Trick
Crazy In Love, Beyonce ft. Jay Z
Gypsy, Fleetwood Mac
Need You Tonight, INXS
I would love to know if you have a favorite song-book combination. Do you have a song or songs that remind you of a favorite book?