Guest Post & Giveaway – Lindsay Currie co-author of Creed
Thanks for hosting me on ATWN! I’m so excited about the upcoming release of CREED (co-authored with the amazing Trisha Leaver) and am thrilled to have a chance to chat music and writing with you guys today.
First off, I have to admit I’m strange when it comes to music and writing. I often use music as a way to pump myself up to write, as opposed to listening to it when I’m actually writing. There’s an analogy I use for this, so if you don’t mind me rambling for a moment, I’ll share. My Thing 2 is on a national karate team that competes all over the US and sometimes, overseas. Over the past year, I noticed that my son has a ritual before tournaments that always involves headphones. He’s rarely chatting with me before competitions, instead he’s listening to music. Why?
Because it puts him in the right frame of mind to compete.
My Thing 2 has a playlist of music that gets the adrenaline flowing and his brain singularly focused on the opponent ahead of him. That’s his routine. His time to get prepared on his own terms.
I do the exact same thing with writing. I’ve discovered that my mind can get sluggish mid-day, so typically I toss on some headphones and take a jog. I listen to music that not only gets me through the run, but also will inspire me to sit down and crank out some good words when I get home.
Anytime I was working on Creed, I listened to a lot of dark music because let’s face it . . . Creed is not rainbows and puppy dog kisses. It’s a disturbing book with some very dark themes. With this in mind, I listened to songs that are a blend of scary and sad. Here’s a few that really felt like they fit Creed well:
Demons by Imagine Dragons – WOW is this song a good fit for Creed. It’s the perfect blend of chilling and depressing. I think of one of the main characters, Joseph, every time I hear it.
Animal I have Become by Three Days Grace. So, this is an angrier song but it really reminds me of the dark side of human nature – a theme that is explored pretty heavily in Creed.
Okay, I know I’m cheating here by not listing one particular song, but I really can’t help it. I think Eminem is a musical genius and honestly, there’s not a lot of his stuff that doesn’t put me in the mood to write. He runs the gauntlet of funny to dark and for that reason, he’s an awesome fit my YA writing moods!
Thanks for having me today! It was great fun and for those of you who do go out of your way to find and read CREED, I hope you enjoy it!
THE SIGNED GIVEAWAY OF LINDSAY CURRIE AND TRISHA LEAVER’S CREED:
EVERYONE AT ATWN WOULD LIKE TO THANK LINDSAY FOR STOPPING BY AND SHARING HOW MUSIC FIT INTO THE WRITING OF CREED.
NOW UP FOR GRABS FOR ALL OF OUR CANADIAN AND AMERICAN FOLLOWERS IS ONE SIGNED COPY OF CREED. JUST CLICK ON THE LOGO TO THE LEFT, OR HERE, AND YOU’LL BE DIRECTED TO OUR RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY. IF YOU AREN’T THE LUCKY ONE TO WIN, CREED HITS STORE SHELVES NOVEMBER 8, 2014 WITH FLUX, AND CAN BE PRE-ORDERED THROUGH AMAZON, INDIGO, AND INDIE BOUND. IF YOU WANT TO CONNECT WITH THE AUTHORS, YOU CAN VISIT THEIR WEBSITES www.lindsaycurrie.com & www.trishaleaver.com , OR THEIR TWITTER ACCOUNTS @lindsayncurrie & @tleaver .