Music is one of the keys I use to unlock the heart of a character. I don’t listen to music when I write, but when I’m driving or cooking the tunes are always cranked. There are times when the melody and the song’s emotions strike a cord that reminds me of one of my characters. I can’t explain why a song works, but I know when it does.
Without even realizing it, I started to notice songs that were “hers.” Songs and playlists are so personal and so I decided to create a playlist for Eva. After I bought the songs, I made my own CD and when I was having trouble with an Eva scene, I’d listen to the CD. The songs unlocked emotions I couldn’t articulate at first. But once I felt the emotions through the songs, I could create the right scene for Eva.
So what were the songs that caught my attention while I was writing SENSELESS?
Hand in Mine—Trace Adkins
So what are you favorite songs? I’d love to hear some of your favorite songs that might remind you of a book or character.
Mary Burton captivates readers with stories of mystery, crime and relationships–destined to keep readers on the edge of their seats. Her January 2010 book SENSELESS is a romantic suspense set in Virginia. When she’s not writing her latest novel, she is most definitely in the kitchen cooking.
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