Author Archives: cindyiswriting

March 06

INDUSTRY DARLING by Caitlin Rantala: An Interview & (a sorta) Review

Amazon / Barnes & Noble / iBooks / Kobo You guys, I cannot tell you how much I **LOVED** this book. INDUSTRY DARLING is a captivating, futuristic twist on the music industry. It’s all kinds of fantastically twisted and romantic. I couldn’t put this book down from the first page. I was immediately enthralled in […]

September 11

The Compact Disc – Why I’m not ready to quit them just yet.

My family and I recently closed on and moved into our new house. After nine months of displacement in a tiny apartment (with 3 kids and 3 dogs, mind you) I can’t tell you how very exciting this time is for us. We are thrilled to have a true home again. We are also thrilled […]

June 12

The Funk: A Call For Help

Consider this my call for help. (this is me…the one being hugged) It’s not often that it happens. That horrendous, painful abyss I call The Funk. It’s when I’m completely devoid of all inspiration to listen to old music, find new music, and simply touching my iPod makes me bored. It’s truly awful. But what’s […]

March 13

Album Review: Spreading Rumours by Grouplove

A few years ago, my husband introduced me to Grouplove. Their album, Never Trust a Happy Song, made its way onto quite a few of my writing playlists and it is still a go-to album anytime I need a pick-me-up. So, of course, I was super excited to get my hands on Spreading Rumours. Don’t […]

February 03

When You’re Just Not In The Mood

Being creative is hard. Being creative under a deadline is even harder. I’m not going to lie, I haven’t been under a strict deadline yet. I don’t have an editor breathing down my neck and my agent is a big believer in not rushing something. But I’ve seen it happen to friends. I’ve been on […]

November 04

An Album Review of Sorts: The Civil Wars

  I rarely find artists that I love enough to want to see in concert. Even more rare is that I’ll enjoy a second album as much as I enjoyed the one that reeled me in to their sound. For that reason I always get super nervous just before a follow-up album releases. And I […]

September 16

Music to Write By

I remember years ago that OutKast had an album releasing that was essentially a soundtrack to a movie they were debuting. It was a cool concept, and I enjoyed listening to that album and imaging what the movie would be like. I had ideas for the characters and what their voices/looks would be. And although […]

August 08

Life’s Big Moments & The Music That Accompanies Them

Do you ever hear a song that came out when you were fourteen and all of sudden it puts you right back into the place and time that you were when you first heard it? Maybe it was on in the background when you had your first kiss, or maybe it was your favorite song […]

My Newest Obsessions

Please excuse me for this super short post. The last few weeks have been insane around my house. I was out of town, then we had family visit, then my husband went out of town. Then I got sick, and right in the middle of all that, a new book idea just won’t leave me […]

April 29

The Writing Process Described in Songs

If you are anything like the rest of us music junkies here at ATWN, and you’re also a writer, you probably have extensive writing playlists for your novels. You probably listen to a song a hundred times over just to be sure you’re hitting the mood you want just right. Choosing the perfect songs and […]

Things that make you go hmmm…

As a serious music fan, maybe you’ve heard of the indie v. mainstream debate. Heck, maybe you’ve even taken a part in the debate. Maybe you lean strongly toward one type of music and have a heavy distaste for the other. Some people will argue that if you’re a true indie fan, you can’t possibly […]