The Musical Inspiration Behind North of Need
Music always plays a big part in my writing, and my contemporary fantasy romance, NORTH OF NEED, was no different. While I have trouble listening to music when I write—too distracting, I like to sing! LOL—I always make story playlists that inspire specific scenes, or remind me of the characters, or embody the emotion between the characters. I mainly listen to these playlists in the car, which for me is a great place to brainstorm and free associate story ideas. I’ve never had Stephenie Meyers’ luck—no dreams of meadows that would lead my stories to become international sensations! LOL No dreams about my stories at all. But music gets the ball rolling every time, and music plus driving equals gold!
So here’s the playlist for NORTH OF NEED, and from it you can gather several things: the characters go through some tough emotional times, and grief is a central emotional conflict. Dreaming with a Broken Heart gets me every time—there’s no better song of loss to my mind. And, with I’ll Be Home for Christmas, talk about your sad Christmas songs, this has got to be up there at the time. When I See You Smile just totally makes ME smile—first, because I’m a complete child of the 80s, second because it SO reflects how Owen feels about Megan. It’s So Hard to Say Good-bye coming on the heals of Feels Like Home is the very definition of heartache, in my book, and reflects well the highs and lows around the story’s black moment. Oh, and the Marry Me is just new-love happiness in a song and gives you a pretty big clue there’s an HEA in your future! *winks* Take a listen:
So, some questions for you:
If you’ve read NORTH OF NEED, any songs you associate with the story?
If you’re a writer, do you use music as inspiration, and how?
For everyone, any thoughts on these songs?
As always, thanks for reading!
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About North of Need:
Her tears called a powerful snow god to life, but only her love can grant the humanity he craves...
Desperate to escape agonizing memories of Christmas past, twenty-nine-year-old widow Megan Snow builds a snow family outside the mountain cabin she once shared with her husband, realizing too late that she's recreated the very thing she'll never have.
Called to life by Megan's tears, snow god Owen Winters appears unconscious on her doorstep in the midst of a raging blizzard. As she nurses him to health, Owen finds unexpected solace in her company and unimagined pleasure in the warmth of her body, and vows to win her heart for a chance at humanity.
Megan is drawn to Owen's mismatched eyes, otherworldly masculinity, and enthusiasm for the littlest things. But this Christmas miracle comes with an expiration--before the snow melts and the temperature rises, Megan must let go of her widow's grief and learn to trust love again, or she'll lose Owen forever.
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