A question I get asked a lot is where I find the inspiration for my books, whether it be character or plot, or what have you.
I find music to be very inspiring. As I write, I can’t have silence. I need music playing in the background. In fact, each book in my Beautiful Mess series comes with its own playlist. Now, certain songs may be mentioned in the text of the book or it may be a song that I listened to to elicit a certain emotion as I was writing.
For example, there’s this brilliant Damien Rice song, “Accidental Babies” that I find emotional, heart-breaking, and tragic. I loved the emotion behind it so much that I ended up re-working a fair portion of the second book in my series “A Tragic Wreck” to incorporate that emotion. And I knew what I wanted to happen, but in order to get to that point in the plot, I needed to work up to it. I needed to set the scene, as it were. And that took pages and chapters. So here I am 30,000 words later just to be able to incorporate the emotion of one song. And in my opinion, the story is better for it. So it just goes to show, you really can find inspiration anywhere, at when you least expect it.
Now, I never really posted the playlist for A Beautiful Mess although it is in the back of the book. So here it is along with the chapters that each song can be found in, even if it’s not exactly referenced in the text. If you click on the song, you’ll be taken to a youtube video of the song, except for the first two. I figured those are both fairly well known… LOL
Honky Tonk Woman - The Rolling Stones (Chapter 2)
Paradise By the Dashboard Light - Meatloaf (Chapter 2)
Something Like Olivia – John Mayer (Chapter 5)
Pride and Joy - Brandi Carlile (Chapter 5)
The Blower’s Daughter – Damien Rice (Chapter 9)
Your Song – Elton John (Chapter 10)
Sleeping to Dream – Jason Mraz (Chapter 15)
Brighter than the Sun – Colbie Calait (Chapter 15)
MoneyGrabber - Fitz & The Tantrums (Chapter 17)
Misery – Pink, featuring Steven Tyler (Chapter 21)
Gorilla – Bruno Mars (Chapter 22)
Martin – Zac Brown Band (Chapter 23)
As Time Goes By – Dooley Wilson (Chapter 28)
Never Gonna Leave This Bed - Maroon 5 (Chapter 29)
I Will – The Beatles (Chapter 30)
Beautiful Goodbye – Maroon 5 (Chapter 33)
Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac (Chapter 34)
So what do you think? Is there a song that comes to mind when you think about “A Beautiful Mess”? I know there’s quite a few that come to mind for me, and you’ll just have to wait for the second and third books to see if you see them somewhere down the line. But I’d love to know what your thoughts are!