Music & Books
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.”
Chasing the Darkness
The Chasing the Darkness playlist is my go-to for writing and editing my current novel and plotting the sequel. It is full of titles from soundtracks of popular movies and video games to production music companies like Audiomachine and Instrumental Core.
Sometimes a girl needs to focus as she sorts through grammar and plot issues, and the calming sounds of this playlist set the mood.
100 Greatest Piano Pieces
When I’m not writing about a battle or creating romantic tension, I often listen to this. I used to take piano lessons, so this playlist resonates with me.
Harry Potter (of course)
I love escaping to the world Rowling created with magic, shifting staircases, and mysterious creatures. I’ve read and listened to this series more times than I care to admit. Rowling is a genius with how she tied everything together where love is the underlying current through the entire series.
A Court of Thorns and Roses
Sarah J. Maas
I love this series mostly because of the characters. Maas makes you love them, hate them, cry for them, and want to be a part of their world. I can’t tell you which one is my favorite as that’ll be a bit of a spoiler alert if you haven’t read these yet. (Mature content warning)
Six of Crows Duology
These two books gripped me from the beginning with the anti-hero, Kaz Brekker and his gang of misfits. Bardugo has written a few series that take place in the same amazing world she created.
Favorite Romantic Comedy
The Friend Zone
These two books are light-hearted and fun to read. Sometimes a girl needs a break from mystical creatures, battles, and magic. Although, rom-coms can have a magic all their own.
Writing 21st Century Fiction
When learning the craft of writing, there are a multitude of books, websites, workshops – you name it. Honestly, it can be a bit overwhelming. Besides Stephen King’s memoir, the first book I read was Writing 21st Century Fiction by Donald Maass. A memorable quote from Maass’s book (2012) is, “To write high-impact 21st century fiction, you must start by becoming highly personal. Find your voice, yes, but more than that, challenge yourself to be unafraid, independent, open, aware, and true to your own heart. You must become your most authentic self.” (p.4)
Goliath Must Fall
Do you struggle with fear, rejection, addiction, anger, or comfort? I honestly could say yes to all of these which is why I really enjoyed Louie Giglio’s Goliath Must Fall. It’s all about winning the battle against your giants where Giglio gives you a new twist on the classic story of David and Goliath. One (of many) quotes I loved was “The opposite of fear is not being bold and courageous. The opposite of fear is faith. And faith begins by us saying ‘I have confidence in God that he is bigger than this giant.’” (p.56)