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Music: a writer’s muse...
When Lynne Stringer writes, music is a constant inspiration.
With the upcoming release of The Reign, the third and final book in the Verindon Trilogy, Lynne talked about how much music helped her write.
“Each of my books so far have featured a ‘playlist’,” she said. “A playlist is like a soundtrack. I often have scenes laid out to a particular piece of music and I play them together in my head, with the piece of music accompanying the action.”
So strong is the voice of the music, Lynne has changed scenes to fit them.
“In The Heir there is a scene near the end which I had already written. Then I heard Muse’s Map of the Problematique and imagined the scene with the song. So powerful did the influence of that piece of music become, I adapted the scene to fit it more effectively.”
A similar thing happened in the second book in the trilogy, The Crown, with another of Muse’s songs: Glorious.
“Muse has definitely been a huge inspiration for me where writing it concerned. Their music is so emotive and is a great aid in the creative process.”
It also happens prior to writing. When Lynne was considering ideas for the story that became The Reign, a song helped make one scene come to life.
“I wasn’t completely sure where it was going, but I let Thom Yorke’s Hearing Damage inspire my imagination. It wasn’t long before I had the whole scene worked out in my head.
“I think music will always play a part in my writing. I’d like to thank all the artists out there for inspiring me, and I’m sure I’m not the only one!”
The playlists for Lynne’s books can be found on the Verindon Trilogy’s website: www.verindon.com.
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