Listening to music while I write is a necessity for me. Not only because it helps me get my brain into a scene but helps to drown out the day to day goings on with my family ;) My kids have learned that if I have my ear buds in then all questions must be forwarded to their dad.
When I'm working on my Steampunked Lust Series I tend to listen to a lot of Gothic style metal like Apocalyptica and Tristiana. The combination of classical instruments and operatic voices blended with electric guitars and guttural screams works with the world where historical attitudes and surroundings are mixed with futuristic steampowered weaponry and transportation
Sometimes, I get inspired from a single song. Without a doubt, You're Going Down by Sick Puppies inspired Caress Of Fur. Listening to that song created an image of two men standing up to a force bigger then them because they needed to protect something near and dear to their heart. A mate made the most sense since I knew I was working on a shapeshifter book and the men would have to be twins. We all know that the only thing better the one shapeshifter is a twin ;) While they have to face many challenges in their attempt to earn Mai's heart, it's their own past they have to concur before they can move on.
So far, I can't say that I have a style of music that fits the 3xtasy Lake series. I'm working on the second book now and I tend to start writing when I'm listening to Eluveitie and Great Big Sea . Two styles of music that are very different (and yet similar) but considering the melting pot that this small town offers sanctuary too into, it works.:)
How about you? is there a favourite style of music you like to listen to or feel inspired by? Share your favourite band in the comments and I'll draw a name for a free e-book at the end of the weekend. (Sunday Aug 7th) Winner's choice from my Bookshelf
EDITED AUGUST 8,2011
~ Congratulations Lucia! My daughter picked your name out of a hat (okay, it was a tuperware bowl.) Please have a peek at my bookshelf and let me know which book you would like and in what format. Thanks to everyone for commenting!