Today Mari Carr’s newest release, Now and Forever is out from Samhain! Mari’s stopped by to share her playlist for the book as well as answer our questions about music and the writing process! She’s got a fabulous playlist for you and we hope you’ll pick up your copy of Now and Forever today!
1. How do you make your playlists for your books?
Typically my books don’t have substantial playlists. Maybe just a song or two that inspired the story or the emotions. However, I’m a big fan of series and I’ve noticed that during the course of writing a longer series (bear in mind this can take a couple of years), I acquire a significant playlist. I had a long one for the Wild Irish and the one I’m sharing with you today that accompanied my Second Chances series.
2. Do you use the entire playlist for the whole book or specific parts for certain sections or types of scenes?
I love to mention songs in my stories. I think it draws the reader into the story in a very personal way. I’ve also had readers write me to say they’d never heard a particular song I mentioned in the book, but they went, listened and loved. Music, like books, brings people together.
3. How does the music impact your writing process?
I’m one of those writers who needs silence. I can’t listen to music when I’m writing. However, music is still extremely important to my writing process because I turn to it whenever I get a block or stuck. If I’m struggling with a scene or a chapter, I’ll close down the document and fire up my playlist, listening to the songs that inspired that particular book. The music never fails to get my words flowing again.
4. Do certain songs or artists continually come up in your book playlists?
I have fairly eclectic taste in music, though it’s not uncommon to find The Beatles, Jimmy Buffett and Billy Joel making appearances.
5. Does the music on your playlists also get put into your casual listening?
The music on my playlist becomes my casual listening list while I’m writing the book and yes, most of the songs are still in my rotation. It’s funny, but the songs become connected to the stories, so even after several years, if I hear a song, it will remind me of a scene or a character in one of my books. A perfect example is “And So It Goes” by Billy Joel. I hear it and I instantly think of Sky and Teagan in the cabin together in Ruby Tuesday.
6. What’s one piece of writing advice you would like to share?
My writing advice is actually a quote from Nora Roberts. I think of it often. “You can’t edit a blank page.” I think so many times new writers think they need to put perfection down from page one. I can’t begin to tell you how many drafts my stories go through before they’re published. Many of my characters would be unrecognizable if shared snippets from draft one vs. the final draft.
Second Chances Playlist
The following list of songs were either mentioned in the Second Chances series or they inspired my characters and stories. The first book in the series, Fix You, and the last, Say Something, actually got their titles from songs.
Coldplay: “Fix You”
Beatles: “In My Life”
James Taylor: “Something In The Way She Moves”
Eric Clapton: “Tears in Heaven”
Aerosmith: “Dream On”
The Righteous Brothers: “Unchained Melody”
Def Leppard: “Pour Some Sugar On Me”
Johnny Cash and June Carter: “It Ain’t Me, Babe”
Fort Atlantic: “Let Your Heart Hold Fast”
Great Big World: “Say Something”
Wicked: “I’m Not That Girl”
Joan Jett: “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll”
Jimmy Buffet: “Tin Cup Chalice”
Will Smith: “Switch”
Love can come into your life in the form of an old friend…or as two new ones!
Never Been Kissed
Shelly needs to make some changes—and not just to her appearance.
Christian has been lusting after Shelly for a while, but when Lance sets his sights on the blonde as well, the two friends come up with an erotic answer to their dilemma.
Georgie needs to make amends, especially to ex-fiancé number three, whom she literally left at the altar.
Nick has spent a year failing to get over Georgie. And his heart is ready to jump out of the frying pan to get close to her fire…even if it means risking another burn.
Warning: There is a chance this story will encourage you to begin an intense exercise regime. As Georgie would tell you, sex is a great way to burn calories.