When I started writing cowboys and cowgirls (there’s at least one of those coming), I started listening to more and more country music. Whenever I meet someone new, especially if I see a story in something about them, I inevitably get around to asking what music they listen to.
I did that with Twisted Up. As I was getting to know the real Justin, I learned he really, really loved Sugarland. I overdosed on them, to get a feel for him, for them, for whatever it was that got to him. I also listened to SheDAISY a lot. They’re where the title came from.
But there’s something connective in my brain between cowboy books and country music. I know it’s likely a stereotype on my part and I definitely don’t mean to offend anyone or put everyone into one big musical cast iron pan, but listening to it gets me in a specific frame of mind with a specific type of character than say, listening to Nickelback does, or Bon Jovi, or Sarah Brightman, or as I was doing yesterday, listening to some 80’s Duran Duran. Different music gets me differently and country gets me to that place for writing cowboys, cowgirls, and country boys.
I have several cowboy and country boy books planned for this year and so far on the playlists for those are Justin Moore, Tim McGraw, Chris Young, Brantley Gilbert, Miranda Lambert, Pistol Annies, Carrie Underwood (especially her newer stuff), Kip Moore, and Kenny Chesney… I’m sure as I get farther along in the stories, I’ll be adding to the playlist.