I’m very excited to have Yasmine Galenorn at Smexy! I reviewed Night Myst, the first in her new Indigo Court series earlier today.
Soundtracks for Writing
One of the questions I’m asked a lot is if I write to music. The answer is yes, about 70% of the time. Music sweeps me away, changes my mood, puts me in a place where I can so easily see the action. I’m a very visual person, as well as being very auditory-oriented. The scenes in my mind unfold as I write them, and I see the action happening. Music accentuates the experience, much like having a soundtrack for the book. So music now plays a major part in my writing.
People who know my books, know that I create a playlist for each book. In fact, I’ve started putting the playlists in the back of the books as well as on my website, so that readers who don’t surf the net can see what I listen to for inspiration. Each book has a mood, a theme, and I carefully pick the music to go with the main character and the plot.
But the playlist I start with is not usually the one I end up with. Some songs are standard—for the Otherworld Series, I will always include the song Believe by the Bravery, because it feels like the theme song for the series as a whole. For the Indigo Court Series, I will always include the song Half Light by Low, which I consider that series’ theme song.
And then, there are a handful—about ten-twelve songs—that will always find their way onto every playlist for every book I write, including: In the Waiting Line by Zero 7; The Angel Wars by Gary Numan, Back in Black by AC DC, Living Dead Girl by Rob Zombie. Then were will be book-specific songs, everything from Celtic rock to world beat to hardcore darkwave industrial goth.
I begin by thinking about the book and what the mood’s going to be, and then add songs to the playlist that I think will work for the novel. Over the period of writing, I cull some of the songs off the list, and add others. By the end of the book, I have honed it to a fine polish and that group of songs represents the book as a whole to me.
I didn’t used to write to music, though I’ve always been an audiophile. While I wrote seven novels before ever getting published (still in the closet), I started my publishing career in nonfiction and then broke into paranormal mysteries. I didn’t write to music with either of those genres. I think it was because—while I enjoyed writing them—they weren’t the genres that I’m in love with, that I immerse myself in. The minute I started writing urban fantasy, the worlds I was writing about grew expansive, and the work screamed for music.
So ever since Witchling, I’ve written to music. It captures me and takes me away to the stories and worlds I’m writing about. During some scenes that cry out for one particular song, I’ll put that song on repeat and play it twenty times over while writing (did I mention I’m slightly obsessive-compulsive? ~grins~). I’m always thrilled when I discover a new song or group that I fall in love with, because it means that much more expansion to my library of writing music.
So, to celebrate the release of Night Myst, the first book in my new urban fantasy Indigo Court Series, which comes out June 29th, 2010, Berkley Jove publishing and I are celebrating by offering three (unsigned) copies of Witchling—the first book in my Otherworld Series. To enter, just ask me a question or tell me what your favorite group is. (Canada and US only for entering contest, please).
New York Times bestselling author Yasmine Galenorn writes urban fantasy for Berkley: both the bestselling Otherworld/Sisters of the Moon Series for Berkley and the upcoming Indigo Court urban fantasy series. In the past, she wrote mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime, and nonfiction metaphysical books. Her books have hit the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists numerous times.
Yasmine has been in the Craft for over 30 years, is a shamanic witch, and describes her life as a blend of teacups and tattoos. She lives in Bellevue WA with her husband Samwise and their cats. Yasmine can be reached via her website at www.galenorn.com
In addition to the THREE copies of WITCHLING that are up for grabs, I also have an extra arc of NIGHT MYST to throw in the goodie bag. So there will be four winners!
Ask Yasmine a question or answer her above question to enter. Please leave an email if not in your profile. Contest open through Sunday June 13th. US/Canada Only.