Anyway, back to the reason I am here—music. If it hadn't been for music, my first novel, Good Intentions, probably never would have been written. I'd had the idea for the story in my head for quite a while and there it was staying. Then, a radio station switched formats to playing all 90's music (it has since switched again and I'm devastated). You see, for me, the 90's are my favorite music. It is the music of my high school and college years. Hearing a song can bring me right back to those carefree days. And so it did. Listening to that music, I decided to set the story idea in the late 1990's in Boston, which is where I was at that time in my life. And viola, Good Intentions came to be.
Music plays a large part in the story. There are various scenes with specific songs listed in the book. I could not imagine the story taking place without the music in the background. I wrote the whole book listening to 90's music. As a result, I have quite the playlist for the book. I like to think of it as a soundtrack.
However, when I was writing my second book, Hold Her Down, the tone of the book was much more serious. I could not listen to music while writing. As a result, there is very little music in that story. I shifted gears again for my third novel (which will be released in September). I had music going the whole time. Music so influenced my writing in that one that I was able to come up with not one but two playlists for it. Perhaps I can stop back in a few months and share those songs with you then.
So, without further ado, here is my "soundtrack" for Good Intentions.