The music I write by is quite varied, depending on what I’m working on.
Last year, when I was stuck in the center of an urban fantasy and really struggling with communicating the depth of my heroine’s pain regarding an extremely bleak past…one of the pirates on the Revenge suggested the music of Evanescence…and there it was!
My Immortal. The slow version…it is a literal duet between my hero and heroine, with the villain standing off to the side, silent but very much haunting her… I suddenly could see it in my head and the story began to unfold with perfection. In fact, the entire album of Fallen wove through the book. As did Lacuna Coil and the CD Comalies. The driving music, the sweet voice, the rough voice…all were great inspiration.
In my PiratePunk books, of which there are many…it’s soundtracks. The Pirates of the Caribbean I, II, and III. Master and Commander/Far Side of the World, Waterworld… Yup, all things nautical.
When I was working some steampunk elements into my second Kraken’s Caribbean book? Sherlock.
If I’m doing a fighting scene? The soundtrack of Halo, the X-Box game. Iron Man I…love those!
Early in the month, I was working a very poignant return-from-the-dead scene. I don’t generally do something this deep into a total surrender to sadness. I pulled out some old music from Pagan Saints, called Flesh&Bone. Perfect stuff! And I slid through the scene.
Wanted something a bit cracked? Alice In Wonderland soundtrack! Or my new discovery, Abney Park and their CD Aether Shanties. Abney Park is great for writing steampunk, BTW!
I own a very large amount of music from assorted pirate groups, from The Jolly Rogers, Paddy West School of Seamanship and The Brotherhood of Oceanic Mercenaries…and the compilation Johnny Depp helped put together called The Rogues Galley.
My next book, the third in the Kraken’s Caribbean series needs something a bit circus-like. I wonder if the movie Something Wicked This Way Comes has a soundtrack… ;-) I’m off to look!
Wow, that is pricey…anyone have any suggestions? I need something circus, something whimsical with manic energy, something carnival!