So, when I started writing 'Striker' - my soon-to-be-released, sexy, football-themed romance - things were no different.
But I don't actually set out to make certain songs appear on these soundtracks of mine - I tend to just stick the iPod on shuffle, or leave the radio on a random station for a while and all of a sudden I'll hear a song and the wheels of inspiration are set in motion, spinning away until, eventually, there's a whole new playlist being created that's special to the book I'm writing at the time. So, what songs have helped me along as I've been working on this new football-themed romance of mine?
Here are just a few of them...
Kelly Clarkson - Miss Independent
The Wanted - Warzone
Sheryl Crow - My Favourite Mistake
Olly Murs - Please Don't Let Me Go
Olly Murs - Troublemaker
Alicia Keys - Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart
Jordin Sparks - Battlefield
Jennifer Lopez - Do It Well
Girls Aloud - Something New
Now, there's definitely a bit of a "pop" vibe going on with this soundtrack, and that wasn't intentional. But I am a bit of a pop fan at times, and rock music just wasn't going to cut it for the 'Striker' soundtrack. I don't know why, it just wasn't. It didn't feel right. So it's pop all the way. And that's fine - when a pop song is good it can be great to listen to, and some of the above tracks have been vital for my inspiration - and my sanity! Sometimes a good pop song can also really cheer you up and get you back on track. And that can only be good for the writing!
Anyway, to some this might be a slightly confusing playlist, but I promise, when you read the book and think back to some of these songs, they'll all make a LOT more sense... I promise!
So, any writers out there, what songs have inspired you and your stories? Because I know I'm not the only person who does this... ;)
'Striker' is due for release in early 2013. Watch this space for more details...
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