Today we have a guest post from Julia Karr, author of XVI and the recently released sequel, Truth. Julia will be telling us a little on how music relates to her newest book, Truth.
I don’t listen to music when I’m writing, and I don’t have a playlist for Truth. I was about to give up on what I could possibly say that relates music to my writing, Then, I realized, when I’m working on a book (but not during the actual writing of it) I listen to music that was popular when I was the same age as my characters. Because that tunes my brain to the way I felt when I was a teen.
I actually relate various events in my life (and have since forever) to whatever music I was listening to at the time. So, when I wanted sweet, tender romance (like Nina & Sal’s first kiss in XVI) - I could harken back to how I felt listening to “I Should’ve Known Better” or “I’m Happy Just to Dance with You,” both by the Beatles.
In thinking about changing the government, I envisioned Derek and his brother playing music - considered historical at that point in the book - by protest musicians of the sixties, like Bob Dylan, Neil Young, etc. In Truth there is specific mention of For What It’s Worth by Buffalo Springfield.
When I was sixteen the United States was in an uproar over the Vietnam War and protest songs were huge. I drew a lot on what it felt like to listen to that music and consider the injustices happening around me when I was writing certain scenes in Truth. (I don’t want to spoil anything!)
So - even though I didn’t write while listening to music, a lot of the music I’ve listened to over the years is (at least in my mind) in my books.
Thanks so much for stopping by today, Julia! You all should take a look at the rest of the tour stops, which can be found Truth Tour Details.