Friday, October 22, 2010

Friday Five: More Than Words...

A few Fridays ago, I waxed poetic about my favorite movie lines. Before that, I talked about the YA books that inspire me.  So, it seems only fair that I give this Friday over to another medium that inspires me.  Yep, friends.  You guessed it.  MUSIC.

Now, I'm not one of those girls that posts play lists or talks about how a song just spoke to me, but anyone of you can ask my beta-buddy/email penpal/computer bestie Liz and she will rant about how I JUST WON'T STOP sending her playlists for my novels. AND pester her to see if she's listened to them. 

Yes, I am that girl.  What can I say?  Music moves me.  It inspires me...and so, for this Friday Five, I will give you a list of five of my novels, a short blurb on what they're about, and the song that started the gears in my somewhat deluded mind turning.  Aren't you all just so excited?  Well, if you're only here to find out the winner of my Dream Weaver contest, I suppose you can just scroll down to where the winner is announced, but where is the fun in that?!?!

Five of My Novels and the Songs That Inspired Them

ALWAYS AND FOREVER: (current WiP) There is no worse word to hear than cancer...well, except maybe inoperable and terminal.  Unfortunately for Mia Gordon, she hits the trifecta all in one afternoon. Stubbornly insistent that she's not going to die, at least not of cancer, Mia sets out on a path of self-destruction that soon spirals well beyond her control, ruining friendships and burning bridges that she needs if she's ever going to come to terms with her life...and her death.   Soundtrack: "Savior" by Rise Against

BROKEN: (complete; currently contemplating a complete re-write) After years of addiction, Skelly is finally getting clean, but with sobriety comes the painful remembrances of a past best left dead and buried, one that she must face if she ever hopes to cleanse her soul completely.  Soundtrack: "Fine Again" by Seether

A SLIVER OF HOPE: (complete; currently riding the Query Train) Twin sisters, Hannah and Hope Morton share a unique bond, one that can't be broken by miles, time, or even death. When Hope takes her own life, Hannah loses not only a sibling, but the other half of her soul...a soul that is now shattered into a million tiny pieces.  Slivers that Hannah isn't sure she can pick up all by herself or even if she wants to.  Soundtrack: "Only God Knows Why" by Kid Rock

FIRST INSTINCT: (complete; trunked) Plagued by visions of brutality and death, Charlie Pryce finds herself caught in the middle of a murderous game of cat and mouse in which she is the killer’s ultimate target. Soundtrack:  "What A Day" by Nonpoint

THE UNKNOWN: (complete; trunked) Finding out you’re magical is difficult, but for Lily Blackmoor, the most powerful magical being in creation, the unbelievable part is discovering that the boy she loves is actually an angel sent to destroy her.  Soundtrack: "Home" by Breaking Benjamin

Now, the moment you've all been waiting for.  The winner of the Friday Five Dream Weaver Contest is...
(drum roll, please)
Krista Ashe!!!
Krista, please email your shipping info to me at lastword0524(at)yahoo(dot)com and I will get your prize out to you.  And to all my other fantastic followers, please don't be too disappointed.  I see other contests on the horizon :)


  1. SQUEE!!! I won, I won, I won! SOOO exciting. It's been a rough week too, so I'm sooo excited for something good.

    I will email you ASAP!

    And songs totally inspire me. Usually when I'm stuck(like last night), I'll just start listening through music, and all the sudden it totally clears my mind. And those are awesome sounding WIPS too!

  2. Congrats to Krista! :)

    I know a lot of writers who have inner soundtracks for their books, but I've never done that. I think I get TOO involved with the music I'm listening to, and forget to actually write. Guess I'm a single-tasker. ;)

  3. How cool. I am normally inspired by music as well.

    What a trip.

  4. congrats, Krista!

    i have a funny relationship with music. i mostly use it for inspiration when on the treadmill or elliptical, so i have a lot of fast paced, get your butt in gear music, which doesn't help so much when you're sitting quietly at your desk/at the table/in your bed typing. i think i should start listening to music BEFORE i write to get me in the proper mind frame.

    but then again, i have to make sure it's a song that relates to the characters in the story, and not pick something because I like how it sounds. it's a hard thing (for me) to do....

  5. Krista: Congrats! I will get your books out to you, posthaste :)

    Linda: ahaha! I know what you mean. I don't actually listen to music while writing or I'd never get anywhere, except maybe to high scorer on the Wii Rock Band ;)

    Kelly: Another thing we have in common...we must have been related in a past life!

    Abby: For me the song is usually what inspires the story, but then again, there are times when I'm writing that I hear a song and I think, "that goes perfectly with my WiP!" Ah, the age-old question: Which came first: the music or the book? :D


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