Monday, August 12, 2019

Good Vibrations: Writing to Music by Laura Hunsaker

If you're on Twitter, you'll often see a tweet from an author about writing in a coffee shop. And just as often it'll spark a conversation about who needs absolute silence while writing, or who needs white noise, or who needs a public space. It got me to thinking that while I don't have the time to write in a cafe, I absolutely would. I can't write in the silence. I usually write at night when everyone is in bed, and I always have ear buds in and music in the background.

It took me a while to find my groove for Dark Past. I originally started by listening to Hamilton, but anyone who's ever heard that soundtrack knows you just can't listen without singing along, so as much as I loved it I had to try something else. I used the Braveheart soundtrack for my last Highlander book, but that didn't feel right for a Romantic Suspense.

Then I heard a Sam Hunt song on the radio one day, and I knew that was it. Sam Hunt's "Break Up In A Small Town" was the one.

My new release Dark Past is set in a small town in Northern California, and I'd love to share what was running in the background as I wrote!

So let's do a quick playlist of what I've been writing to (I linked each song to youtube because it was easiest).

Sam Hunt's "Break Up In A Small Town" was on repeat for me for a while.

And one scene is absolutely perfect for "Ex to See" also by Sam Hunt.

Brantley Gilbert's "Bottom's Up"

Luke Bryan and Karen Fairchild's duet "Home Alone Tonight"

Luke Bryan's "Someone Else Calling You Baby"

Sam Hunt "Make You Miss Me"

Some more Sam Hunt with "Take Your Time"

Carrie Underwood's "Heartbeat"

Luke Bryan "Strip It Down"

Fallout Boy "My Song Knows What You Did in the Dark"

Sam Hunt "Leave the Night On" I mean really it was almost every single Sam Hunt song lol

During the climax and action scenes I actually went for instrumental selections with the How to Train Your Dragon 2 soundtrack.

If you've read Dark Past, let me know what you think of the songs I listened to while writing it! Don't forget to enter the giveaway below!

Dark Past

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The small town was supposed to be safe... 

Kate Landry is tired of running. Thinking she's safe, she settles in the small logging town of Chester, California to manage a cafe. She may be keeping a low profile, but she's hoping to return to a normal life.
When FBI agent Kyle Donovan visits to Chester to stay with a friend, and to recover from his latest case, he never expects to meet sexy barista Kate.

But someone is following Kate... 

Kyle worries he brought trouble to her door, while Kate worries her dark past is coming after her.
With danger lurking around every corner, her safe haven isn't as safe as she'd thought. Kate will finally have to trust someone enough to tell him her secrets. Secrets that may just get them killed...


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  1. I am so jealous! I wish wish wish I could write with music or any kind of noise around me. But, alas, I can't. I need tomb quiet, which works well for since i write in an attic office during the day when the house is quiet and empty. If I happen to plug into my itunes directory I wind up singing along with the music and not concentrating on the writing. Great post, btw!

    1. Thanks! It's funny because some songs definitely make me lose track and I wind up singing along, or worse, I'll type the lyrics as I sing them! lol

  2. Love writing to music. We are song sisters, Laura. Reading your post I had to put on Wicked Games by Chris Issac. I play this song before certain scenes to get myself into them! "It's strange what desire will make foolish people do. I'd never dreamed that I'd meet somebody like you.And I'd never dreamed that I'd lose somebody like you." Sam Hunt is another favorite!

  3. Although I love writing in coffee shops and libraries, when I'm home, I write in silence. I always kind of envy others' playlists, but my focus just isn't that good.

    1. Isn't that funny how the coffee shop doesn't bother you, but at home you want it quiet? I can listen to music, but I can't write with the TV on. Our brains are so funny lol

  4. I have to have noise when I write. I usually have the TV going. It's either a show I like and have seen all the episodes for, or it's the Astros game. Thanks for sharing your playlist! There's some good music in there. I love How To Train Your Dragon music!

    1. I tend to watch TV if it's on LOL, but I get the need for background noise. And I was so surprised at how amazing the How To Train Your Dragon soundtracks are! They're really good!

  5. If there's music with lyrics playing, I'll definitely be singing along. So can't do that while I'm trying to write. And I would get way too distracted sitting in any public place or with a TV nearby. Look, a squirrel! That's me.
    While I was on my RV trip, hub would often play his talk radio or chew too loudly and I would grab my earbuds. Usually I put on classic piano music. Soothing and in the background enough I don't pay any attention to it. Now I love sitting outside on my deck next to the duck pond. The water rippling and gentle breeze blowing is perfect.

    1. to be fair, if I had that setting, I'd just sit back and enjoy nature's soundtrack as well LOL It sounds heavenly

  6. This is great!! Love your writing playlist. I do the same for every book. Totally sets the tone and mood. And Sam Hunt...😍

  7. We are all different. I need total silence when I work. Even the neighbor's lawn mower bothers me. A coffee shop? Never!

    1. I get that. I think a lawnmower would bother me too LOL

  8. I can't listen to anything with lyrics so I go for foreign music or instrumental—usually classical or something evocative for a scene I'm writing. Thanks for those YouTube links. I'm having fun checking them out. Love the cover! (Think I told you I'd selected same cover art for a box set I've been trying to get together all year! We share the same good taste. *g*)

    1. You did? That's too funny! I sent my cover artist an early copy of the book and she picked that image and it was perfect! She's very good at what she does and there's a reason I don't do my own covers LOL it's definitely not where my talent lies.
      Foreign music is a neat choice! I hadn't thought of that!


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