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Kelly Stone Gamble Talks Writing and Music

Kelly Stone Gamble

bio shotAsk a writer what he or she listens to while they write and you will get a variety of responses. Show Tunes. Heavy Metal. A playlist that their protagonist would listen to. For many, listening to music while writing is a habit, a ritual you might say. Some claim that they can’t write without it.

I am just the opposite. I can’t write with music playing. I start humming along, and then before long I’m in front of the mirror with my air guitar and writing can wait. The only sound I want to hear when I write is my fingers slapping keys and the occasional faceless man that cheerfully announces “You’ve Got Mail”. Yes, I still have AOL. I also have an eight track player.

But regardless of whether a writer listens to music or not while they tap their keyboard, the reality is that music is very much a part of our lives and therefore, if we want our fictional characters to be believable, we might want to let them have a little music in their lives as well.

In my new novel, They Call Me Crazy, the music my protagonist listens to helps explain her character. She loves country music and her favorite band is the Eli Young Band. They have two songs that she interacts with in the novel, and those two songs play into the narrative perfectly.

While reading my final proof, I did play selections from my fantasy book playlist—Justin Moore, Garth Brooks, Eli Young Band, and several others. I felt it put me in the characters’ heads a bit more, and I was tickled with how much the music enhanced the story.

Music is an important part of our lives, and I think most writers will tell you that in some way, it elevates their story. Whether they listen while writing, incorporate certain songs into the book, or listen while reading that final proof, the relationship of music to writing is something most of us can’t deny.

How do you use music when writing? Do you listen while reading?

About Kelly Stone Gamble

Kelly Stone Gamble is the author of THEY CALL ME CRAZY. She is an instructor at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Idabel, Oklahoma. You can connect with her on her website at www.kstonegamble.com


They Call Me Crazy

Cass Adams is crazy, and everyone in Deacon, Kansas, knows it. But when her good-for-nothing husband, Roland, goes missing, no one suspects that Cass buried him in their unfinished koi pond. Too bad he doesn’t stay there for long. Cass gets arrested on the banks of the Spring River for dumping his corpse after heavy rain partially unearths it.

The police chief wants a quick verdict—he’s running for sheriff and has no time for crazy talk. But like Roland’s corpse, secrets start to surface, and they bring more to light than anybody expected. Everyone in Cass’s life thinks they know her—her psychic grandmother, her promiscuous ex-best friend, her worm-farming brother-in-law, and maybe even her local ghost. But after years of separate silences, no one knows the whole truth. Except Roland. And he’s not talking.

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Aerobics for Your Writing

I’m guest posting today over at Kelly Stone Gamble’s blog on the value of writing workshops. A simple writing workshop can really bump your writing to a new level, or help you to clarify a technique that has been tickling away at the back of your brain, almost, almost, almost, but not quite there.

I should know, because I am nearly always doing workshops on areas of my writing that need work, or on topics that interest me – you can check out the full list of the workshops I’ve done in the last 12 months here on my website. So jump on over to Kelly’s blog to read the full post!

If you missed it, check out my review of Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey.

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Between Zombie Dragons and Zorro

Z is a hard letter. Then it was pointed out to me that Kelly Stone Gamble mentioned zombie dragons on her guest post ‘WANTED: An Editor Who Wants Me’, and I do so love a good dragon. But on reflection, I felt Z was an opportunity to talk about Zorro. Sorry, not the Antonio Banderas sort, but my cat. 

Yes, I named my cat Zorro. He’s a funny thing, worth a chuckle, if only to stave off the homicidal thoughts the cat otherwise provokes. Is there a word for the urge to want to murder a cat? Catacidal? Yeah, I know, killing a cat isn’t murder, it’s just animal cruelty, and as much as my cat drives me insane, that’s never going to happen. 

We named the cat Zorro because he looks like he’s wearing a little Zorro mask. Unfortunately, the name turned out to be more hopeful than prophetic, because apart from the fact he’s a tiny little cat who thinks he can take on cats three times his size, he’s a complete wuss. A sissy. Even, dare I say, a pussy. 

I sometimes wonder if the cat has psychological issues. He came to me as a 4 week old kitten, and he’s bonded to me and only to me. You may have come across the saying ‘dogs have masters, cats have slaves’? In this case, I think he thinks I’m his god and he’s the kind of worshipper who thinks I am at his beck and call. Not only should I pet him, feed him, sit down so he can sit on my lap, and go to bed so he can curl up on me, but I must make the rain stop. 

And that’s a wee bit difficult. Unfortunately, shouting at the cat ‘I can’t make it stop raining’ does not make him stop following me around and crying. He has a penetrating voice. 

He also thinks I should get up to feed him, but that became less of an issue since we had a child, because he still sleeps later than she does. 

So, basically, the cat cries persistently, has to be on me or touching me nearly all the time, and doesn’t like anyone except me, none of which are particularly endearing qualities – nor are they conducive to writing, although I note it’s the fat cat that wants to be on me when I’m writing which, as it were, is a bigger problem. 

Oh, and wait, there he goes… it must be past my bed-time. Would you look at that? An alarm clock that tells you when to go to bed. And it has no snooze button. I’ll see you all tomorrow…

Zorro as a tiny, tiny kitten
So the cat decided I needed to be woken at 4:45am on my child-free night. Typical. He does this sometimes – decide he wants a pat and I should be woken up to give him one. It used to be 2am he did it, but fortunately he’s fallen out of this habit now. 

The worst thing about the cat is if you raise your voice to him, or lord, throw something at him (socks, OK, only socks – you listen to the cat yowl after you’ve spent an hour getting a crying baby back to sleep and see what you do!), if you do either of these things, he gives you such a look of reproach and slinks away belly to the ground you instantly feel like the worst in the world. It’s like kicking puppies.

So is there anything to redeem this cat? 
  • He likes to be picked up and held like a baby, on his back, belly up. So cute!
  • He comes in on weekend mornings when I’m giving my daughter her morning cuddles. He curls up in the other arm, and lets me cuddle him just like a child (or a child with a cuddle toy!). Not many cats do that.
  • He lets my 2-year-old daughter pat him and pull his fur and shout in his face – just to be near to me.
So he has some redeeming qualities. And it’s not his fault he is the way he is, I’m sure it has to do with his life before he came to me. 
I just have to remind myself when he’s especially annoying that it’s just because I saved him and I wouldn’t change a thing. 

No longer so tiny, but not as big as Leela, who has gotten bigger since this photo

I’m entered in the Best Australian Blogs 2012 Competition for both Flight of the Dragon and Somebody Has To Say It. If you like this blog, or Flight of the Dragon, I’d be eternally grateful if you’d be so good as to stop by and vote for me here. If you’re enjoying the story, please let me know – I’ll write more for you in the future!

This is part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge Series. If you missed the previous posts, you can find them here – A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P , Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X and Y.

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