I must confess that I often call on music when writing my books. While I need silence while I’m putting the words down on the page, if I even hit a brick wall or find a few minutes where I just need to think things through, I’ll throw on iTunes and fire up songs that inspire me. When I was working on the Compass Brothers books (and now the sister series, Compass Girls), I’d fire up the music and let it guide my characters.
Western Ties, the last book in the Compass Brothers series, had a fairly extensive “playlist.” Songs that put me in the mood of the book, that brought my characters to life. I thought I’d share the list with you for fun. If you’re like me, I am ALWAYS looking for new songs.
To Make You Feel my Love by Garth Brooks
I Do by Colbie Callait
Amazing Grace by Darlene Zschech
Hide Me Babe by Garrett Hedlund
Coming Home by Gwyneth Paltrow
Show Me the Way to Go Home by Jimmy and the Parrots (made famous by Jaws!)
Right now, I’m working on the third book in the Compass Girls series, Summer Fling. Summer Fling is Jade’s story. Book two, Hope Springs, comes out in August and Winter’s Thaw is available now. It’s a red-hot menage and Silas, Lucy and Colby’s daughter, Hope searches for her own happily ever after with two ranch hands, Wyatt and Clayton.
Once again…as I write, I’m calling on music to help me find my words. Jade and Liam have been a great deal to write and I have a few songs I’ve been listening to quite a lot l lately. So I thought I’d share a few from the “Summer Fling” playlist as well.
Lesson in Leavin’ by Jo Dee Messina
Knee Deep by the Zac Brown Band (with Jimmy Buffett–hell yeah)
Stuck Like Glue by Sugarland
NOW…just for fun…let’s have a contest. Simply tell me the name of a song that inspires you…to do ANYTHING…dance, sing, cry, make love, write…you name it. I’ll choose one winner from the commenters who will win their choice of ebook from the Compass Brothers books or Winter’s Thaw from the Compass Girls series. I’m looking forward to hearing what songs you love.