Does music influence your work?
Hell Yeah, music is my Tonic, keeps my SlipKnot tied, is my Creed, more valuable than Metallica or a Led Zeppelin, my Default when the words Godsmack me or leave me wandering like a Rolling Stone in a Puddle of Mud….
Okay, okay, enough….needless to say, music not only influences my work, it inspires it. I have pretty eclectic tastes, ranging from Celtic Ceili music to kick-ass, head banging rock n roll.
For my Berkley series, I wrote four main character point of views. Lydia, the street-wise ER doc, has musical tastes that mirror my own. Gina, the resident with a chip on her shoulder, classic rock. Nora, the ER charge nurse, instrumentals, Irish folk music. And Amanda, the Southern med student, for her it was southern rock (she actually likes country-western best, but that's the one musical genre I have a hard time writing to, the lyrics distract me).
Thank goodness for Pandora, Musicovery, and The Radio.com—each of these free web sites will tailor music to my mood, choice of genre, artist, or song. A full playlist, custom tailored to me and my writing needs at the touch of a few keys.
You gotta give whoever came up with that idea a Whole Lotta Love, right?
Thanks for reading!
PS: Watch for our Michael's Bad Kitty Lounge out in stores tomorrow!
As a pediatric ER doctor, CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge suspense novels. Her debut, LIFELINES (Berkley, March 2008), became a National Bestseller and Publishers Weekly proclaimed it a "breathtakingly fast-paced medical thriller."
The second in the series, WARNING SIGNS, was released January, 2009 and the third, URGENT CARE, October, 2009. Her newest project is as co-author of the first in a new suspense series with Erin Brockovich. To learn more about CJ and her work, go to http://www.cjlyons.net