When I read, I always have music on. I always love read a chapter and then a song will come on that just highlights that chapter perfectly. The lyrics just suit that scene beautifully and when that happens, every time i hear the song, I revert back to the book and the passage with whatever emotion i felt during the song and reading it.
It’s the same with my book, The Deal.
Every time a song comes on, I listen to the lyrics to see if they suit Nic and Craig. I can;t tell you how many songs I have on my Spotify playlist that suits their story. But each other represents a scene, or their love, or their dark times and it helps me zone into them when I am writing or editing.
I’m going to copy Anna Bloom now, but I want you to listen to this song. It started off the re-writing of The Deal and it fits my characters perfectly. Anna sent it over to me last year and it was on repeat for days, while I honed in on who Craig and Nic really were. It had been years since I wrote them, but I finally knew them again. I knew their voices, their back story and how I would write them. And, alas, The Deal was updated a hell of a lot and made sexier and I knew my characters. And the more I wrote, the more I fell in love with them.
The song that began this process again is Paloma Faith – Agony.
When you read The Deal you will understand why this song fits my characters perfectly. But for now, have a listen…