Writing to Music by Author Libby Heily
I went to a very tiny college in Farmville, Virginia, which is exactly the thriving metropolis it’s name indicates. One day, while walking around my less than picturesque campus, I played classical music through my walkman (bare with me, I’m old.) It changed the way I viewed my familiar surroundings, making them seem more charming and grandiose in a way they definitely were not. I often think of that experience when someone asks me about what I listen to while I write.
Music has the power to transform our perceptions of the world around us and, I’m mostly guessing here, the worlds which we create while we clack away on our keyboards. In real life–aka, when I’m not writing–I listen to a lot of indie music and classic rock. My favorite station is the NC State college radio station because they play all varieties of music and a huge selection of lesser known bands. I love David Byrne and the Talking Heads, St Vincent, Simon and Garfunkel, The Strokes, Queen, Tom Waits is a recent love, The Rosebuds, IAmDynamite, Tow3rs, and many many others. But I rarely listen to any of that while I’m writing.
Lyrics tend to distract me. Anything that pulls me from the story has to be destroyed. Okay, that’s a bit harsh, but distractions should at least be avoided. For “Welcome to Sortilege Falls” I mostly depended on contemporary composers. Any soundscape that could be used as a soundtrack for dreams was my best friend. Right now, for instance, I’m listening to “Thursday Afternoon” by Brian Eno. Philip Glass and John Luther Adams have also cycled through the system recently as have multiple classical composers.
About The Book: Sixteen-year-old Grape Merriweather has just moved to Sortilege Falls and already she knows something isn't right. A small pack of teenage models, too beautiful for words, holds the town in their sway. The models have no plans on making Grape's life easy. But no matter how cruel they are to Grape and the other “Normals”, no one can stay angry with them for long.
Grape's life changes for the better, or so she thinks, when Mandy, the only “nice” model, befriends her. But that’s when the trouble truly begins. Mandy's friendship places Grape smack in the middle of a medical mystery that has the entire town on edge. One by one, the models fall ill from an incurable disease. Grape quickly realizes that the models' parents are hiding a secret, even as they watch their children die. To save her only friend, Grape will have to find the truth–and that means putting her life in danger.
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