An Interview With My Readers!

On this very blog, I interview a lot of writers and people involved in the publishing process.  But today I’m going to try something different!  Hang onto your hats 🙂

As I work on writing a manuscript, I find that the characters and scenes play out like a movie in my mind.  I’m not sure that is particularly unique to me, but I do think it’s an interesting phenomenon.  As the scenes and conversations go by, not only do I have the visual in mind, but also the soundtrack and sometimes even the score.  Again, not sure if other people experience this, but I suspect they do.  You might think that my being a musician and having all of these ideas, musical and non-musical, in my head as I write, my prose would contain amazing detail and imagery.

It doesn’t.  In fact, I struggle with it sometimes (But I’ll save that for another post!).

For today, though, I’d like to interview you, my readers, about you novel’s soundtrack.  Your novel can be published or not, complete or not.  Those silly details don’t matter for this!   If you would like to take part, and I’d love it if you did, please write your responses to my questions in the comment section.  Include some links, if you want!  Here are the questions:

1.  Does the music you personally listen to influence the books/stories that you write?  If so, can you give us an example?

2.  When you think about your latest completed novel or work in progress, what music comes to mind?  Have you put together a playlist for it?

3.  Do you use specific music to help you “get in the zone” for a writing session?


I’ll go ahead and answer first.

1.  I do think that the music I listen to can influence what I write.  For instance, before writing my first novel, Muse’s song Citizen Erased was on constant repeat.  That novel has a definite “Musey” vibe.  A little dark, and introspective.  Here is the lyric video for that tune:




2.  My latest novel is quite different from my first.  I wouldn’t say that I have a full playlist for it, but Bruce Springsteen’s Fire would definitely be on it!





3.  I definitely use music for “getting in the zone”.  If I know I only have a certain amount of time to write, I may prep myself by listening to the music that I know can get me ready, mentally, so I can maximize my time.  And sometimes, like I mentioned about my first novel, a song can literally throw me into the zone!


So, now it’s your turn!  Tell us about your soundtrack!  I love connecting with my readers 🙂

Thanks for playing along!


2 comments on “An Interview With My Readers!

  1. The music I listen to absolutely influences the stories I write! It’s not uncommon for me to set a scene to a specific song and then, whenever I hear that song (even if it’s months later), it still reminds me of that story, those characters, and that scene. My most recent completed manuscript had a lot of music references because my main character always made a playlist for everything. In fact, the title of the story had the word “playlist” in it until I decided to change it up. Some of the more memorable songs from my playlist were “Don’t Wait for Me” by Racing Glaciers, “Young Blood” by The Naked and Famous (because those lyrics KILL me) and an oldie but goodie, “Lazy Eye” by Silversun Pickups because that’s the specific song that’s playing during one of the more dramatic scenes. Fun topic!

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    • smnystoriak says:

      Hi! And thanks for the great comment! I adore Lazy Eye! I don’t know many people who are familiar with SSPU 🙂

      Memories of my second novel are instantly brought on by Billy Joel music. The opening chapter features Piano Man and Vienna.

      I’m so glad you like this blog topic! Hopefully I can get a bunch of replies. It’s interesting!


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