Published: March 6th, 2014
Candace Bristol has always been obsessed with comic books, but in a world where the nightly news often mirrors these inked stories, her dreams of becoming a real superhero could actually come true. After being rescued by members of the government’s AdvaNced Genetic EvoLution (ANGEL) Project four years ago, getting recruited for this elite team is all she's wanted.
Now 18, she's finally reached her goal after years of study and physical training, but little could have prepared her for life as a genetic experiment. As though coming to terms with her new ability to manipulate water isn't tough enough, she never expected to be swept off her feet by one of her fellow recruits.
With genetic alteration, the threat of physical and mental instability hangs over every superhero like a shadow. When one of their own tumbles over the edge of madness, Candace will have to choose between protecting the world, and saving the one who holds her heart.
How does music affect your writing?
When it comes to music and writing, to me it’s more of an enhancer than an absolute necessity. When I’m writing, I prefer to have silence as my brain starts following along with notes and lyrics, rather than concentrating on my words. That said, I do use music to set my scenes and inspire new ones.
There are times when I can’t be writing because my hands are otherwise occupied (by driving, cooking, designing things), and for those times I start up Pandora. I have two stations I’ve cultivated very carefully as the songs that pop up on those have a tendency to speak to my past, current, and future projects. I’ll hear a song and it will either spark a new scene or speak to one I’ve already written. Songs are little stories within themselves, and the right one sends my thoughts spiraling off on paths of “how did the situation come to that point?” and “what happens after that?”. If a song does that, I make a note of it on my phone and then…
I add it to the playlists I build on Spotify. Each series or book I’ve worked on the last year has a specific playlist. I use these in two ways. First, it comes in really handy for doing blog tours when a playlist post is requested (advanced planning FTW!). But, more importantly, is that these songs can absolutely get me in the right mindset when it’s time to sit down and write. When it comes to my superheroes, “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons and “Poison & Wine” by the Civil Wars are my main scene setters for this series. The former is for tense action scenes, the latter delves into the romance aspect. Those two pieces have helped me through many a time when I simply couldn’t think of what came next.
When I finish projects, the songs I associate with them become nostalgic to me. They become echoes of memories that take me back to the emotional place I was when I wrote a particular scene or story. Like songs you hear that remind you of your first love in high school, or the friend you had way back when, or a particularly amazing night you had with your friends at a club… music conjures memory. Strange to think that, for me, music also conjures fictional memory, but I suppose that as an author, I’m emotionally tied to my characters as much as I am to my closest friends. Music is a way to reconnect with them.
So, I take it back. Music is an absolute necessity. How would I ever remember my friends without it?
View my playlists and follow me on Spotify here: https://play.spotify.com/user/riznphnx