We’ve chatted about the various ways we get our ideas for stories. I’m a very visual person. I can get a story idea from a great picture. I think a lot of us can, whether it’s a picture of a face, scenery, or even a lone tree with a deflated red balloon hanging from a branch.
I have an audible muse as well. Sometimes, a song will nestle into my brain and it will either define an entire story, or a character, or even just a scene. That’s what happened with Monsters Don’t Do Christmas, my novella in the just released, A VAMPIRE FOR CHRISTMAS anthology. It’s not even a Christmas song, though certainly I did have to mention my fav Xmas song in the story, A Little Drummer Boy.
This song is a classic, redone by Michael Buble—Sway. I wasn’t even familiar with Buble’s work until I heard it on the radio while skidding through a freak snow storm last April on highway 94 in ND (that dreaded stretch of highway mentioned earlier this week in the comments). I heard the song and immediately saw my hero dancing with the heroine in her bedroom, a slow sway of two bodies getting to know one another, learning one another. Swaying into trust and connection and even danger (you gotta have danger when your hero is a vampire). The lyrics ask to ‘sway with me’, and that can be interpreted in so many ways. 😉
So here it is, the song that inspired a scene from this story. Every time I hear it now, I see Daniel and Olivia swaying together.
The cover above is from the UK version, and I love it so much better than the US—though the US is nothing to sneeze at. For more info and buy links, stop by my website.
Here’s my question: Is it interesting to you when an author posts a ‘playlist’ for their book? Do you ever listen to music while reading?