Last week we began a new phase to MTMWT by having Tracy share her top 3 writing tunes. Today I'm handing the blog over to Alex J. Cavanaugh (since it was sorta kinda his idea.) Take er' away Cap'n Alex!
"How about doing some writer features? What song inspires them and why?"
I made that comment two weeks ago. Little did I know Chris would take me up on the suggestion – and request that I be one of the first!
What song inspires me? I’m one of those authors who prefer to listen to music while writing and editing. The pounding of the drums, the intricacies of the guitar playing, the passion in the vocals – it all contributes to mood of the setting. The right piece can propel a scene from flat and lifeless to energetic and alive. With music, I feel the moment!
I have many songs and artists that inspire my writing. I like the pounding energy of In Flames. I like the melodic emotion of Redemption. With some bands, it’s the album as a whole rather than individual songs.
Chris gave me permission to select up to three, but I’ve decided to go with just one.
There’s a key scene in my book, CassaStar, that changes the main character’s path. The moments leading up to it are rapid-fire and chaotic, which the pace of this song matches. It’s the intensity and agony of emotion in this tune that evoked the proper mood for the climax. I needed this song to get me through the scene, as it was the most difficult the write.
To capture that moment, I used Stream of Passion’s Street Spirit:
Thanks, Alex! If you want to be an uber awesome guest blogger like Alex, feel free to email me at clp3333(at)hotmail. Also be sure to pick up a copy of Alex's debut novel CassaStar, info and linkages below.
CassaStar by Alex J. Cavanaugh
Science fiction/adventure/space opera, Dancing Lemur Press LLC
ISBN Print 9780981621067 eBook 9780982713938
Links to purchase:AMAZON KINDLE - http://www.amazon.com/CassaStar-ebook/dp/B0045Y261I/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1286550119&sr=1-2
To pilot the fleet’s finest ship…
Few options remain for Byron, a talented young man with a troubled past and rebellious attitude. Slated to train as a Cosbolt pilot, Byron is determined to prove his worth and begin a new life. Much to his chagrin, Bassa, the toughest instructor in the fleet, takes notice of the young pilot. As war brews on the edge of space, Byron requires a navigator of exceptional quality to survive. Bassa must make a decision that could well decide the fate of both men. Will their skills be enough as they embark on a mission that may stretch their abilities to the limit?
“…calls to mind the youthful focus of Robert Heinlein’s early military sf, as well as the excitement of space opera epitomized by the many Star Wars novels. Fast-paced military action and a youthful protagonist make this a good choice for both young adult and adult fans of space wars.” - Library Journal
Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design and graphics. He’s experienced in technical editing and worked with an adult literacy program for several years. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Currently he lives in the Carolinas with his wife.