Tomorrow, A McClendon Thanksgiving by Sean D. Young is released and Sean stopped by to answer our questions and share her playlist for this book. Order your copy of A McClendon Thanksgiving today!
1. How do you make your playlists for your books?
I love music and as I’m writing the story, certain songs come to me. I immediately start a list for the book soundtrack. Sometimes I can hear a song and think this would be excellent for my soundtrack. Once I’m done writing the book, I try to put the songs in order to tell the story in song.
2. Do you use the entire playlist for the whole book or specific parts for certain sections or types of scenes?
I use the entire playlist for the whole book because I try to put the songs together so that they can go along with the story.
3. How does the music impact your writing process?
Music helps me to set the mood for certain scenes. So I thought the Marvin Gaye’s hit “I Want You” was perfect for the scene when Michael finally tells Faith that he’s always loved and wanted her. Perfect!
4. Do certain songs or artists continually come up in your book playlists?
Yes, Luther Vandross is the most popular. He was a masterful songwriter and balladeer. I think it’s because he always sang about love. “The Other Side of the World” says I had known you for quite some time but the thought of love never crossed my mind, it seemed to be on the other side of the world. This speaks to Faith not thinking about Michael in a romantic way at first. I use his song “So Amazing” for the wedding scene in “The Christmas Promise” which will be released next month. The words are, “It’s so amazing to be loved I’ll follow you to the moon and sky above.” Or the lyrics of “Never Too Much,” where he says, “I’d rather be with you ’cause you make my heart scream and holla.” LOL.
5. Does the music on your playlists also get put into your casual listening?
I love music, so I listen to all the songs on the playlist daily. As a graphic designer, I listen to music while I create.
6. What’s one piece of writing advice you would like to share?
Believe in yourself and the gift you were given to be a storyteller. Allow yourself to listen to your characters when they speak to you.
ConFunkShun: “Pretty Lady”
Musiq: “So Beautiful”
The Whispers: “Chocolate Girl”
Marvin Gaye: “I Want You”
Teddy Pendergrass: “Come Go With Me”
Tyrese: “What Am I Gonna Do”
Luther Vandross: “The Other Side of the World”
Chrisette Michelle: “A Couple of Forevers”
Toni Braxton: “I Love Me Some Him”
Usher: “There Goes My Baby”
Tony Terry: “When I’m With You”
Luther Vandross: “Anyone Who Had A Heart”
The Whispers: “Say You (Would Love Me Too)”
Syleena Johnson: “Slowly”
Will Downing: “After Tonight”
Avant ft. KeKe Wyatt: “You & I”
Sean Young has always been an avid reader. This Gary, Indiana native joined her first book club at the age of seven. A lover of the happily ever after, Sean uses her vivid imagination to craft heartwarming and passionate family love stories that deal with forgiveness, promise, romance and redemption. A certified wedding planner by trade, Sean continues to help brides plan the wedding of their dreams. She loves to hear from her readers, who can contact her at her website, by email, on Facebook, or Twitter.