When the story is just a story

Why do we write stories anyway? To entertain… To share our imaginations for fun… To elucidate a message about the weighty issues afflicting humanity? Writers are frequently expected to answer with that last option. Science fiction, in particular, often uses analogies to explore current and historical human issues. On the flip side, writers may getContinue reading “When the story is just a story”

Xay in San Francisco

I just uploaded one of the final chapters of The Beat Goes On (Wynter Wild Book 10), where Xay plays a concert in San Francisco. He’s supporting Destructex, a band of “aging rockers” whose heyday was the 80s although they retain a massive fan base, which of course can’t hurt Xay’s fledgling career when heContinue reading “Xay in San Francisco”

Rule212 Playlist

I’ve made my Rule212 playlist public on Spotify – take a listen below. You can also follow me on Spotify to find other playlists related to the books. I’ve resisted being too specific in the books about Rule212’s sound, beyond a vague “indie rock” (which could mean anything these days) and a lot of electricContinue reading “Rule212 Playlist”

Xay’s Playlist

It’s not really a spoiler to say that in the forthcoming and final book of the Wynter Wild series (The Beat Goes On), Xay Morant is going to launch his singing career. He’s a rockstar through and through (or will be, he hopes!) – and I’ve put together this playlist to give you an ideaContinue reading “Xay’s Playlist”

Wynter Wild Inspiration playlist

Little Sister Song on Wattpad has just hit 150,000 reads since I started publishing it in December 2018 – beyond my wildest expectations! I’ll be posting a few blogs to celebrate. I don’t often listen to music while writing (especially not songs with lyrics) but when I’m plotting, or playing out scenes in my headContinue reading “Wynter Wild Inspiration playlist”

Mail Order Chicks Spotify Playlist

  Wynter plays in an all-girl band (that isn’t all-girl), Mail Order Chicks, starting in book 5. They play mostly 80s-90s British pop covers, so I made a playlist of the songs mentioned along with a few others they’ve probably played now and then. Follow me on Spotify to find more playlists for the WynterContinue reading “Mail Order Chicks Spotify Playlist”

Wynter Wild Books Spotify Playlist

In no particular order, these are the songs mentioned, or played in some form, in books 1-4 of my Wynter Wild series. I’ll be making more playlists in the future to give you an idea of what the various bands in the book sound like. Click the button at the end for the Spotify playlist.Continue reading “Wynter Wild Books Spotify Playlist”

Pure emotion songs

I know, I know, you disagree! Maybe with all five. But don’t blame me. These are Indio’s “pure emotion” songs, meaning, according to him, they bypass the cerebral cortex and drive directly into the brainstem. The list is guitar-heavy because he’s guitar-heavy. These songs aren’t my “songlist” for writing to—I prefer instrumental music for that.Continue reading “Pure emotion songs”