Monday, July 9, 2012
Top Five Songs That Inspired The Gates by Guest Author Rachael Wade
Top 5 Songs that Inspired The Gates
Like many writers, I can’t write without music. Music and writing go hand-in-hand. They cannot be separated. Music = Storytelling = Writing, and well...yeah. You get the drift. It’s all synonymous in my book.
My iPod is attached to my hip when I’m exercising, cleaning the house, and yup, you guessed it...when I’m writing. Even more importantly, I need my music muses right before I sit down to write. Something about setting the tone and visualizing the scenes as they play out before I actually write them works wonders for my creative process. Everything becomes clearer, the ideas start to flow, and the story just comes to life.
Are you a writer? Which songs get your creative juices flowing? Or, if you read, which songs remind you of which books? I’m an avid music lover, concert-goer, and I used to sing and record music, so I always love to hear artist recommendations, especially in relation to novels or films. Tell me what you love to listen to when you write or which songs remind you of your favorite books!
1. Seven Devils by Florence and the Machine: I’m always hailing F+TM as my all-time favorite writing music muse, and this song is a perfect example of why they are just that. Seven Devils is what I consider the theme song from The Gates. The sound and the lyrics capture the entire gist of the story flawlessly.
2. Bullet with Butterfly Wings by Smashing Pumpkins: This song was on repeat too many times to count when I wrote The Gates. It really represented the resistance and their situation and inspired some of the scenes in the exile. Plus, I’m forever a hardcore 90s grunge fan. What can I say?
3. Lacrymosa by Evanescence: Evanescence, like Florence and the Machine, is heaven to my ears when I’m writing fantasy or sci-fi stuff. It’s all big, dramatic, and haunting. This song in particular inspired one of the final, most pivotal scenes in the book, which I can’t mention because it involves a massive spoiler. :) But I had to listen to it over and over again to get the scene just right.
4. What the Water Gave Me by Florence and the Machine: Another F+TM song that inspired a pivotal scene at the end of the story. This song was a wellspring of inspiration for the ending.
5. Help I’m Alive by Metric: Something about this song embodied the attitude of all the main characters once they were in the exile and ready to get down to business. It has an energetic, catchy beat, and the lyrics are fitting to the story, too.
About the Author:
Rachael Wade is the author of the Amazon #1 best-selling paranormal romance series, The Resistance Trilogy, and the best-selling contemporary romance, Preservation. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and her work has been published in The Storyteller, A Hudson View International Poetry Digest, and Amulet Poetry. When she's not writing, she's busy learning French, watching too many movies, and learning how to protect wildlife and stop animal cruelty. The first title in her post-apocalyptic sci-fi romance series, The Keepers Trilogy, is set for release winter of 2012.
Web page: www.RachaelWade.com
About the Book:
The Resistance Trilogy, #2
By Rachael Wade
Getting There is Half the Battle...
Armed with more unsettling knowledge about Gavin Devereaux and her circle of friends, Camille Hart is faced with new adversities and lethal propositions when she returns to the Amaranth exile to carry out Gavin’s risky crusade.
Realizing her journey through the bayou was only the beginning of her struggle to stay with Gavin, she finds that leaving her Louisiana home is the least of her worries. New evils await her on the other side, and as she and her friends press on with their mission, they are confronted with the reality that everything doesn't always go according to plan.
As secrets unfold and alliances are formed and broken, only the strongest will survive and the power of love will be tested when a war between witches, humans, and vampires erupts into an all-out power struggle and all is on the verge of being lost.
Book Trailer http://youtu.be/VdwvTRr5ioM