I’m hosting a guest post today for the book tour for fantasy romance novel “One Wish”. It’s actually a collection of two novels, but you can buy both of them at once at a reduced price. Can you say ‘awesome’? Well, now I’ll leave the word to February Grace, author of these amazing books.
Music and Magic
I have always been a musical person. Thought my brain is incapable of translating little black dots into sound (much to the frustration of teachers who tried to teach me to sight-read) I see colors when I hear music, and I have been able to play a bit of piano by ear (and sing) since I was a small child. It’s something I haven’t done so much lately, with my focus on other artistic pursuits like painting and writing, of course, but music is always a huge part of everything I do, including writing and painting. Writing OF STARDUST and IN STARLIGHT was no exception.
Whenever I’m going to sit down and start working on a new first draft, the first thing I do is begin with a small playlist of songs that inspire me as far as the idea of the story goes. Then I keep adding songs as I go, and I always end up developing individual playlists for the characters that are most significant to me. Gus has two of them, in fact: one for each book in the set!
When I set out to write OF STARDUST I needed music that made me think of the possible in the seemingly impossible: of magical feats attempted and accomplished by those who seem, on the exterior, to be ordinary, everyday people.
One of the first songs that came to my mind when I thought about beginning Till’s journey toward becoming a certified Fairy Godmother was one from way back in my childhood; one that I remember every word to. It’s Magic, by Olivia Newton John from the film Xanadu. I was really obsessed with Xanadu back in the day, the idea of muses crossing generations and living forever basically to inspire artists was absolutely fascinating to me. So Magic was one of the first songs on my list.
Of course, given that Gus is such a huge part of Till’s story, I had to put some songs in there for him as well. I am a HUGE fan of the world-famous singing group Celtic Thunder and have been for years; their music has been a great influence on not only Gus’s character itself but on me as I was fashioning the story. I was really lucky that their album Mythology came out while I was in the process of working on the books: as soon as I heard Now We Are Free I knew that it had to be Gus and Till’s song, so to speak. That, and believe it or not, a version of Auld Lang Syne by a band called Courrier are two songs that really stay with me when I think of Gus and Till.
There were a few songs I had thought of but not found versions that felt ‘right’ to include on the playlists until after the books were finished: one such song is a version of the classic Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, performed by Sweet Talk Radio. I have added it to the playlist of songs that will always remind me of each book; and now I would like to share a portion of each playlist with you (as they are way too long to share in their entirety!)
OF STARDUST Playlist (Partial)
Mylo Xyloto and Hurts Like Heaven by Coldplay
Butterfly, Butterfly, by a-ha
We Were Young by My Mathematical Mind
Speed The Collapse by Metric
Never You Mind by Semisonic
Human by The Killers
The Winner Takes It All by ABBA
Magic by Olivia Newton John
Mysterious Ways by U2
Hail The Hero (Mo Ghile Mear) by Celtic Thunder
I Can Barely Say by The Fray
That’s How I Knew This Story Would Break My Heart by Aimee Mann
Never Say Never by The Fray
Beautiful Like You by Lee DeWyze
Chances by Athlete
Never Get Over You by Our Lady Peace
Strangeland by Keane
In My Arms by Plumb
Keep Looking Up by Landon Pigg
IN STARLIGHT Playlist (Partial)
Auld Lang Syne by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Now We Are Free by Celtic Thunder featuring Keith Harkin
Auld Lang Syne by Courrier
Between by Courrier
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow by Sweet Talk Radio
Run (SMASH Cast Version) by Katherine McPhee
Speechless by Lady Gaga
Where I Stood by Missy Higgins
Up In Flames by Coldplay
Half Life by Duncan Shiek
Pie Jesu by Sarah Brightman
Pilgrim Finale by Shaun Davey
Wonderland by Paul Young
Awake by Josh Groban
Lost? By Coldplay
Be Still by The Fray
Us Against The World by Coldplay
Just Say Yes by Snow Patrol
Don’t Look Down by One Republic
Day One by Audiomachine
Somewhere Only We Know (Lily Allen Version)
If you enjoy music, I especially hope you’ll enjoy this insight into the eclectic mix of music that I listened to while writing/revising and promoting these two books: two books that combine to tell a story that will always hold such a special, magical place in my heart.
Especially, I must say, will Gus.
About the Books
Author: February Grace
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Two books, one unforgettable romance!
Till Nesbitt had no idea what she was getting into when she learned the truth about her future from her Great Aunt Tilda: that she was destined to become a Fairy Godmother, because the skills were written into her DNA.
Faced with a whole new world of rules to navigate and a heart full of confusion, will Till be able to live for her work, or will her partnership with sweet, handsome Gus Duncan lead to her downfall?
She sings on key, plays by ear, and is more than mildly obsessed with music, clocks, colors, and meteor showers.
Her poetry, prose, and/or flash fiction have appeared in The Rusty Nail Literary Magazine, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and Rose and Thorn Journal. Her work can also be found in the following anthologies: Poetry Pact Volume One, Anything Prose…And Poetry, Too! and Orange Karen, Tribute To A Warrior.
GODSPEED, her debut novel, is a labor of love she refers to as “Literary romance with steampunk embellishments.”
Her second novel, OF STARDUST, is a modern, romantic fantasy tale. IN STARLIGHT is its sequel.
Booktrope Publishing: http://booktrope.com/book/one-wish-the-of-stardust-collection/