One of the coming synergies is supposed to be soundtracks for books, according to a futurist. I have news for that futurist -- most authors do have a soundtrack that they listen to as they create. Or in my case, I listen to the soundtracks when I am not working. It is the discovering of new music that fits which is the fun part. I never quite know where the inspiration will strike. But once I discover a song, it does go round and round. My children begin to complain; the book gets finished and sent off; my obssession ends or at least until the revisions come back and I am able to get myself in the mood again.
About 18 months ago,Kate Hardy told me about Josh Groban and how he was truly the romance novelist's inspiration. I listened to Awake and okay nice, but right now, my real inspiration is Run rig and Les Miserables. (I was writing Viking Warrior, Unwilling Wife at the time).
My daughter then discovered the album and began to play it over and over again. Yes, the voice is good but still no inspiration. I bought Noel for her as Christmas present.
I was writing Impoverished Miss, Convenient Wife and so listening far more to classical and for some reason at the end, the Indian Jones theme tune. This is what happens when you put the radio on a classic radio station and you happen on movie theme hour.
Anyway, I got the Josh Groban Collection for my daughter for this Christmas, but this time, I can really understand what Kate Hardy and Kate Walker were talking about. I listened to it (and Run rig) when I was revising my latest Viking. And I am currently listening to it as I write my latest manuscript.
There are reasons why he is so inspiring. So whose voice has been inspiring you lately?
Michelle Styles's latest Impoverished Miss, Convenient Wife will be out in paperback and as an ebook in April in the UK. It is the sequel to A Question of Impropriety which is out in large print in March. Mills & Boon recently started offering large print books on their website.