Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Guest Post: Musical Inspiration by Lindsey Gray

Our lives have a soundtrack.  Certain songs transport us back in time, instantly. Characters are no different, they too have songs that influence their behavior, lyrics that give them dimension.

Lindsey Gray author of Redemption is here to talk about her Musical Inspiration:

Music has always been a huge influence in my life. I remember sitting around in my parents basement with my older sister listening to all her records. I remember buying my first 45, “Love Bites” by Def Leppard. Little did I know how much that purchase would influence the rest of my life.

When I was about 12 years old, I began writing seriously. I'd spend hours at the computer typing while listening to the voices of Axel Rose or Huey Lewis. The melodies and lyrics sparked my creative juices. I immersed myself in the bands of the seventies and eighties and became slightly obsessed with musicals. The complete stories that were told in just a few short minutes amazed me. Years later, I still am.

My major catalyst for my newest novel, “Redemption”, came in the form of a song by British singer/songwriter, Robbie Williams. I had never heard of him until about four years ago. A friend of mine loaned me an iPod that had about 12 of his songs on it. One of them was called “Advertising Space”. It moved me in ways a song never had before. The lyrics were a little eerie yet beautiful. His voice and his words sent me on a journey looking for more. It was when I found the song “Feel” that I was completely blown away. My mind went instantly into creative mode and the character of Lily Edwards was born. I wanted to create a vampire that no one had seen before, not just her characteristics, but her background as well. I know it was more than likely not his intention to portray the song the way I saw it, but that's the beauty of a song, it's up to the listener to interpret it's meaning. I saw it from a more literal point of view.

Come on hold my hand
I wanna contact the living
Not sure I understand
This role I've been given

I sit and talk to God
And he just laughs at my plans
My head speaks a language
I don't understand

I just wanna feel real love
Feel the home that I live in
'Cause I got too much life
Running through my veins, going to waste

Lily is a vampire who was created in 1905 and through the years has grown to have a very close connection with God. She is positive that once she has served her purpose as a vampire she will move on to the heavenly plane to be with the ones she loved from her human life. At the beginning of the story she is aching for the love she has in her life, making a decision to run away from it in favor of her love one's  safety. She wants love and protection, but her existence has placed her in the realm of giving rather than receiving them. It is that view that leads her to a decision that will change her path forever.

One rather amazingly poetic and haunting song sparked the idea for this series and helped me create a world that I'm so privileged to be able to share with the world now. As each character was created, they either brought a song with them or I found a song that went with their story. I have a playlist that I play to get into each mindset. Like many writers, my characters speak to me, but in this instance, they also sing to me. Strange for some, but perfect in my auditorially stimulated mind.

Lindsey Gray is currently on tour, promoting  Redemption, here is a list of the upcoming stops:

June 16  - ParaYourNormal
June 20 -  Lynette's Book World Blog Talk Radio
June 21 -  Hands and Home
June 22 -  Wakela's World
June 23 -  Candy O'Donnell Radio Show
June 24 -  Mommies Point of View
June 24 -  VRO Radion Show 

Be sure to visit Lindsey's personal blog, follow her on Twitter and friend her on Facebook.

You can purchase Redemption at:

The Writer's Coffee Shop (paperback & ebook)
Amazon (ebook worldwide)
Lulu.com (paperback)


Sidne,the BCR said...

taking time to read my followers reviews today. enjoyed reading about an author with music inspiration.

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