Sway With Me

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?

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

18 Responses to Sway With Me

  1. Kathleen O'Donnell says:

    Well there is that expression ” A picture tells a thousand words”. Music does that for me too… Love Micheal’s version of Sway…

    • michelehauf says:

      I do love this version, but I think Dean Martin did it best. Maybe? Yes, music definitely has that ‘thousand words’ factor.

      • I’m with you on the Dean Martin version. He had a unique voice–unmistakable. This one is good, but the arrangement isn’t any different, and you don’t get that Deano thing–that smooth bass (?) with a bit of a warble.

  2. loisgreiman says:

    I like absolute silence to read and write in. But visuals. Visuals are important. Congrats on your new vamp, M.

  3. Cindy Gerard says:

    I’m one of those rare authors who use neither visual or audio aids to get my muse going. I find both distracting. Go figure. But I do LOVE this Buble version. Wow! And I LOVE the book cover Michele. Smokin’ hot!

  4. michelehauf says:

    Cindy, I can’t have noise when I’m writing; gotta be totally silent. But no pics? Do you ever even see a pic in a magazine and wonder what that guy’s life might be like? 😉

    • Cindy Gerard says:

      Sometimes, yes, but I also find that if I get over involved with what he looks like, I focus on that instead of getting inside his head. I’m easily swayed by a pretty face ;o)

  5. readergirl10 says:

    I love quiet when I read it helps me treat the book I am reading like a movie I am watching in my head. Gail

    • michelehauf says:

      Yes, a movie in your head! That’s always the way I’ve looked at books. But then, I do cast the characters I’m reading about. 😉

  6. When I’m writing I like background music with absolutely no lyrics. When I’m reading I generally prefer silence, but I can read a good book anywhere. Everything else fades and I’m in another world.

  7. Joyce Lamb says:

    Thought you might be interested in seeing this, Michele: http://books.usatoday.com/happyeverafter/post/2011-10-27/love-this-post-at-riding-with-the-top-down/558665/1
    I saw your post and wanted to share with HEA readers!
    Joyce

    • michelehauf says:

      Thanks for posting that, Joyce! I commented about the enhance ebooks with sound. Would be an interesting concept if they can actually make it work.

  8. catslady says:

    I do most of my reading at night when everyone is asleep. I don’t mind background music but usually nothing with words or at least nothing that I like too much or I start singing along lol.

    • michelehauf says:

      I’m a night reader, too, Catslady! And I could never listen to music when I’m reading, but to know that a certain song inspired a specific scene in a book is interesting to me, and the few times I’ve seen an author list her soundtrack for the book, I often check out the tunes and find that ‘yes, this is perfect!’

  9. kylie brant says:

    Love Michael Buble! No, a playllst doesn’t help me. I can’t listen to music as I write or read because I get distracted listening to the lyrics. Which is odd, because when I began writing it was in the midst of chaos, with a pack of kids in the next room at all times. Their noise didn’t distract me; music does. Weird.

    • Michele says:

      That is weird because kids’ noise is the one that totally takes me out of the story when I’m writing. If there’s even anyone in the house, I just can’t concentrate.

  10. Barbara Elness says:

    I think it’s interesting to read author’s playlists. It kind of gives me a feel for the mood of the book. I listen to music occasionally when I read, but not all the time. Sometimes I just want to get lost in the book and block out everything else anyway, so I don’t need music.

  11. Stephenia says:

    Nah, I don’t do playlists and I don’t listen to music while reading. I sometimes like to know if there was a particular picture, actor/actress or news event that inspired characters/plot lines in books. Love that book cover – very holiday looking and a delicious looking hero!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s