Welcome author, MJ Compton with a tip on writing with music.
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WRITING TIP: THE ART OF THE PLAYLIST
By MJ Compton
I cannot write a book without a sound track.
To choose the musical accompaniment to a book requires thoughts about themes and the characters I’m trying to portray.
For Moonlight Serenade, the heroine and her brother’s names both had songs that fit the story, as well as their roles in the story: “Delilah” by Tom Jones (betrayal) and “Daniel” by Elton John (my brother). Plus the heroine was from New York City, so “The Eyes of a New York Woman” by BJ Thomas worked well.
And Jericho Burned was a little more difficult. I knew Stoker (the hero) loved nature and was from Colorado, so I included “Rocky Mountain High” by John Denver. The heroine had green eyes, so “Green-Eyed Lady” by Sugar Loaf seemed a natural fit. The story included someone starting a new nation, so The Who’s “We Won’t Get Fooled Again” was crucial.
These music mixes help me think about the story while I’m driving. The songs keep the story simmering on my brain’s back burner while I’m doing my Day Job. (Yes, I listen to my mp3 player at Day Job.) The music makes it easier to fall back into the story when I boot up the computer.
Lucy Callahan will do anything to rescue her sister from a cult, even marry a werewolf she’s just met. But the werewolves are working undercover for the government, and Lucy fears a confrontation between the agents and the cult could be deadly.
Stoker Smith longs to be the best thing that ever happened to his human mate. He wants to take her home, start their family, and compose his music. And although his pack’s treaty with the government says he doesn’t have to work undercover now that he’s mated, he promised Lucy he’d get her sister out of the cult’s heavily armed compound. Lucy’s sister is now family and to a werewolf, family is everything.
But Operation Jericho quickly turns ugly, thrusting Lucy into the middle of her worst nightmare, where she must choose: her sister or her husband.
MJ is giving away a Werewolf Mating Starter Kit!
From MOONLIGHT SERENADE
“Find me some blueberries or strawberries instead.” Tokarz reached for his wallet as he gave the order.
Restin wanted to laugh at the expression on Luke’s face.
Luke gulped, nodded, and took Tokarz’s money.
“You’re serious about claiming the woman as your mate,” Restin said once Luke had left.
“That’s what the traditional mating meal usually means,” Tokarz said.
From AND JERICHO BURNED
“Offering berries to one’s mate–one’s wife–is a custom with us,” Stoker said. “They make her smell sexy.”
A Werewolf Mating Starter Kit consists of berry teas, berry-flavored lip balm and candy (but no chocolate!), berry-scented lotions, strawberry Tic Tacs, and other miscellaneous items a werewolf can use when he can't get his paws on fresh berries to court his mate.
MJ Compton grew up near Cardiff, New York, a place best known for its giant, which turned out to be a fiction so incredible, PT Barnum himself borrowed it. That’s a tough act to follow, but MJ tried—by composing her own stories.
Although her 30-year career in local television included such highlights as being bitten by a lion, preempting a US President for a college basketball game, giving a three-time world champion boxer a few black eyes, a mention in the Drudge Report, and meeting her husband, MJ’s urge to create her own stories never went away.
MJ still lives in upstate New York with her husband. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and Central New York Romance Writers. Music and cooking are two of her passions, and she enjoys baseball and college basketball, but she’s primarily focused on wine . . . and writing.
Find MJ Compton:
Website & Blog www.comptonplations.com
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