What Music Is Your Muse?

Hello my fellow writers. I have a question for you in today’s post. Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what music is your muse?

As for me, I listen to music all the time when I write. For me, music really helps evoke the emotions I’m trying to convey in my stories and characters. I listen to all kinds of music  and my tastes are quite varied. One day I could be listening to rock bands like Theory Of A Dead Man, Five Finger Death Punch, Disturbed or Stained and the next I’m listening to Josh Groban or Michael Buble. And the next I’m listening to Christian artists Skillet, Red, Toby Mac, Hollyn and Fireflight. Then I can turn around and listen to Rascal Flatts, Jo Dee Messina, and Carrie Underwood. It all just depends what I’m in the mood for and what makes the words flow the most. One artist in particular that has always helped with this is Sarah McLachlan. I honestly don’t know why it is so inspiring to me but every time I listen to her music the words just flow and flow and flow.

I think depending upon what we are trying to portray, music digs deep down into our hearts and souls to bring those emotions to the surface.  Lyrics of course play a big part also. Between music and lyrics it all has to gel into the perfect intoxicating brew.

Here is a list of some of my current favorite artists and songs that spark my muse.

By The Way- Theory Of A Deadman

Sound Of Silence-Disturbed

Epiphany-Staind

Right Here Waiting-Staind

Far From Home-Five Finger Death Punch

Remember Everything-Five Finger Death Punch

Don’t Let Go-Josh Groban

I Just Haven’t Met You Yet-Michael Buble

Not Gonna Die Tonight-Skillet

Invincible-Skillet

Already Over-Red

The Ever-Red

Darkest Part-Red

Not Alone-Red

Alone-Hollyn

Speak Life-Toby Mac

Lose My Soul-Toby Mac

Light Shine Bright-Toby Mac w/Hollyn

Unbreakable-Fireflight

For Those Who Wait-Fireflight

Changed-Rascal Flatts

Bring On The Rain-Jo Dee Messina

Something In The Water-Carrie Underwood

 

But that can change any time. 😉 So tell me writers, what music strikes your muse? I would love to know in the comments.

 

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Popcorn (from Shadow Of Soul)

I’m sitting in the front row with popcorn

A little unusual for a concert

But the kernels of my feelings

Are in this bag that I’m holding

Just waiting to explode in your face

Still I’m enjoying seeing you close up

In the meantime

 

Poem taken from Shadow Of Soul.

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Why write and publish poetry?

Poetry. I feel like it is such a lost art in this day in age. Many people may think that poetry is for the sophisticated and scholarly, but I disagree. Others may find it stuffy and boring. Not so.  You can find all kinds of poetry to suit your tastes. It’s not all grandiose overrated love poems, as some would assume. Some of the best poems I have read are about pain,heartache, and life.  Why write and publish poetry? It’s not something people look for. It never makes the New York Times Bestseller list. As I pointed out earlier, it is an obscure art.

Writing poetry for me is the quickest and easiest way for me to get my feelings out, no matter what they are. Many times I am writing about someone I know or have known. For me, it’s like instead of my stomach churning to vomit, it’s my soul. Gross analogy, I know. But that’s exactly what it feels like to me. Like my soul is vomiting and then all my emotions and thoughts just calm down. It has always been comforting and cathartic to me. I used to write a lot when I was younger. (Ha, I say that like I’m so old. ) In my late teens to mid twenties I used to write a lot of poetry, eventually filling ten notebooks. They all sat on my bookcase for quite some time. I knew I wanted to publish them someday, I just didn’t know how to do it.

Why do I write and publish poetry?

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In January of 2014, I started researching publishing options and in March of 2015, I published my first book of poetry, Lithium Dreams And Melancholy Sunrise. Why publish such an obscure art form? As a writer, I didn’t want my work just collecting dust on a shelf.  I truly believe poetry can change lives. My hope as a writer is that someone will read my poems and say, “Wow, someone else has felt the way I do and got through it.” For those of you who are new to my work, a lot of my poetry is very dark and depressing. As I said, a lot of it was written during a time when I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I was definitely an infatuation junkie, falling for the wrong kind of men and those who were completely unavailable. This time in my life is chronicled in Lithium Dreams And Melancholy Sunrise. My latest, Shadow Of Soul, is sort of a continuation of that time with a few other poems mixed in. On the flip side of depressing is my book The Safety Of Objects, which has poems about the different ‘things’ in our lives, like shoes,  grass, and sand. It is much more mellow than the other two. However, I am proud of all three.

At the heart of it all, I have published my poetry because I love the art form and as I said, I believe it can change lives.  I believe it can open hearts and minds to new ways of thinking and feeling. I believe it can help mend broken hearts and souls who feel there is no way out of the situation they are in or that they will never get over their broken heart.  I believe that people can find poetry that speaks specifically to them. I am also honored to be among some of the greats-Edgar Allan Poe, William Butler Yeats, and Robert Frost.  Like Frost, I have chosen the road not taken, and it has made all the difference.

Do you like poetry? Who are some of your favorite poets? I would love to know.

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Official Release Day: Shadow Of Soul

Hello everyone! I’m so excited, today is the official launch day of Shadow Of Soul! If you or someone you know likes deep, dark poetry you have found the perfect book.

 

 

Shadows of soul. Everyone has them. Shadows of pain. Shadows of anger. Shadows of broken love. Those emotions and situations that follow us through our lives. The memories we can’t forget. The loves we’d give anything to get back-or gain in the first place. The shadows that haunt us forever. Take a walk through the shadows in this deep, dark, desolate book of poetry and find out what you have been suppressing in the shadows of your own soul.

 

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Interview With The Author: Candace A. Jones

Welcome to another session of interview with the author. Today I am happy to feature my friend, Christian write Candace A. Jones. Candace has written an awesome book called For Such A Time As This which helps women find their purpose in the Lord.

Interview with the author Candace Jones

How long have you been writing?

I have been writing for about 14 years.

 

How do you get your ideas?

​Life experiences from loved ones or those around me. I’m also an avid reader so much inspiration comes from whatever I read

 

What is your writing background?

I first began writing mock news articles as a 12-year-old. Then when I started taking my writing seriously in high school, my focus was poetry. Now, I mainly write prose for blog posts and books.

 

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

Being a new mom, I’m spending a lot of my time with my son. Sometimes we’ll watch sci-fi movies like Star Wars or I’ll entertain him with crazy singing lol.

 

What is your next book about?

I’m not sure. I have several ideas spinning around in this mind of mine, including some fiction, but we’ll see.

 

What are some of your favorite books?

​The Mark of the Lion series, Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Poisonwood Bible, The Chronicles of Narnia.

Interview with the author Candace Jones

 

What are you reading currently?

Love & Respect by Emerson Eggerich​

 

Who are some of your favorite authors?

Francine Rivers, Lauraine Snelling, Barbara Kingsolver, Karen Kingsbury, C.S. Lewis, Charlotte Bronte, Edith Wharton, William Faulkner, Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison.

 

What advice do you have for other authors?

M​arket yourself!!! First be sure you know your target audience and present yourself authentically to them. Create a strong social media presence and sell your book before through your presence before you sell it literally. Once you get a good following, don’t drop off but keep the momentum going and stay relevant while remembering your WHY (which should be to bring God glory through your gift.)

Interested in reading Candace’s book? Click on the link below!

Interview with the author Candace Jones

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New Release: Pre-order Shadow Of Soul

Hello Readers,
I have a very exciting announcement today! I have a new book of poetry coming out called Shadow Of Soul. It releases a week from today on 3/23/17.

Shadow Of Soul

 

Shadow of Soul. Everyone has them. Shadows of pain. Shadows of anger. Shadows of broken love. Those emotions and situations that follow us all through our lives. The memories we can’t forget. The  loves we’d give anything to get back-or gain in the first place. The shadows that haunt us forever. Take a walk through the shadows of this deep, dark, desolate book of poetry and find out what you have been suppressing in the shadows of your own soul.

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One Day You’ll Read This

One day you’ll read this

And in the air

You’ll hear a fractured heart beating, beyond repair

 

One day you’ll read this

And out of the corner of your eye

You’ll see a single teardrop, fall from the sky

 

One day you’ll read this

And you’ll see

All you once meant to me

 

 

One day you’ll read this

A book of my heart’s memories

 

One day you’ll read this

As we live our happy lives separately

 

 

One day you’ll read this

And you’ll remember me

 

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Shoe

Lying on the floor

Still as can be

So soft and light

Yet gravity does not release me

In a little while my weight comes back, you see

The perfect complexion, the perfect body

Though my sole is full of junk

Gum and water, animal waste and tar

Used to push the pedals on a car

Walk in the snow, rain and sun

Tonight I’ll get a rest

Tomorrow another day to walk and run

 

Shoe

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Carpet

Carpet

Always around

Can’t escape the ground

A thousand eyes that see

Dirt and dust

Ground into my pores

I have no mouth so you can’t suffocate me

Darkness encloses me

Bright lights blind me

Pain shoots through again and again

Stains paint me over and over

Bodies fall upon me

I can’t see

So tired of everyone

Walking all over me

Carpet

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Walking Through The Pain: Grayson Hutchinson

Today I’m sitting down with Grayson Hutchinson, the male character from my next book, Through The Pain. Grayson was nice enough to take some time out of his busy work schedule to chat with me today.

Me: Grayson, tell us a little about yourself.

Grayson: I am very blessed to have the career I have in country music. I have had ten number one hits, my sophomore album just went platinum and we have been on a whirlwind tour that has been selling out like gang busters.  I never dreamed any of this could happen to me. I come from a small town in Illinois and as cliched as it sounds, singing country music is all I have ever wanted to do. I started singing at a young age with my family and we would play fairs and carnivals all across the state.  As the years went by, we all went our separate ways in our careers yet music always stuck with me. My coworkers at my old jobs would hear me singing all the time and come out and see me. A lot of them still do when we play a show in the state.

Me: Although you have had much success, you have also experienced much loss. How has that shaped you as an artist?

Grayson (Tearing up): I um…I lost my wife a year ago. She died in a plane crash. I still can’t believe she’s gone. (Wipes eyes) It was the worst thing I had ever been through. My first divorce couldn’t even top it and that was like going through hell. But nothing like this. I was absolutely devastated at first but I held onto my faith like I always have and trusted that the Lord had His hand on the situation. I had an amazing support system in my family, my friends, my employees and the other artists in the country music community. I couldn’t have gotten through it without them. My fans were amazing also. I have the best fans in the world. All the letters and tweets and posts on my social media channels meant more to me than they will ever know. I took some time off which I really needed and eventually started writing again. It was very cathartic for me to get all the words and emotions out. I think that is why the next record is going to be so different. However, I didn’t want to write all sad things either so this album will definitely be bittersweet.

Me: You mentioned your fellow artists in country music stood by you and supported you. How so?

They were amazing. A lot of them called to make sure I was doing okay. Kent Jackson flew me home on his private jet the night I found out what happened. It was right after a show and I was a hot mess. I was so worried about my band not having work during my hiatus but everyone stepped up and helped find them jobs. Some of my guys toured in other artist’s bands, some worked in recording studios for awhile, others helped out with stage setup and behind the scenes on tours. My personal assistant went out on the road with Kent for about six months. The only people we had to let go were my personal wardrobe assistant and my personal chef. That was very hard for me. I felt like I had let them down because they had been with me for so long. They were so gracious though and both soon found work with other artists outside of the country music scene so that made me happy.

Me: You have had a long road back to the spotlight due to various other setbacks along the way. How did you handle those after all you’ve been through?

I just had to remember that although it felt like the hell I was going through would never end, God had His hand in all of it. I learned a lot about love, friendship, grace and forgiveness. I learned how much strength I really had. I also had to remember that life would keep on “driving” through the pain and that all of this would pass eventually.

 

Do you want to know more about  Grayson and his life in the spotlight?

Keep your eye out for Through The Pain. Coming in 2017.

 

 

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