The Fairytale Nerd is the next stop on the Air Blog Tour!
For today, we have a very special guest! Everyone please welcome Shauna Granger, author of Air! Shauna will talk about one of her favorite things – music in relation to her new book, Air.
Shauna Granger lives in a sleepy little beach town in Southern California with her husband, John, and their goofy dog, Brody. Always fascinated by Magic, Shauna spent most of her teen years buried in books about fairies, elves, gnomes, spells, witchcraft, wizards and sorcery. When she’s not busy working on the next installment of the Elemental Series she enjoys cooking, entertaining, MMA fight nights, watching way too much TV and coffee. Lots of coffee.
Music, to me, is instrumental in the creative process. I cannot write in silence; I need music in order to put me in the right frame of mine, point in time, and characters’ heads to write their story. What follows here are some of the main songs I listened to while writing Air, Book Two in the Elemental Series. Please keep in mind, I was writing this story a few years ago so it has probably been a while since you’ve heard some of these songs. And these are definitely not all of the songs that contributed to my soundtrack, but they are the main ones that would be played on repeat depending on the scene.
Let the Drummer Kick by Citizen Cope – there was something in the beat of this song and in the soft voice of the singer that caught my ear. Then as I paid attention to the lyrics of the song I realized this was Jeremy’s anthem. Jeremy was our pseudo-villain in Air, dealing with the abuse and neglect of his father, the sudden discovery of his magical abilities and reconciling his desire for vengeance. Whenever I needed to get into Jeremy’s head, this was the song I put on.
Blue Veins by The Raconteurs – So yes, this song was on my play list for Earth, but it had to carry over to Air. This is a love song, and yes, there are parts of the song that truly speak to the deep, difficult emotions running between Shayna and Jensen, but really, this song is for Shayna, Jodi and Steven. While they all can’t be each other’s significant others, they are each other soul mates. They need each other, they are always there for each other, this is their song.
Crawl by The Kings of Leon – another song that made the crossover from my Earth play list. Because this is the same cast, it wasn’t that strange for me to keep some of the same songs as they battle their way through the hidden supernatural world. Crawl is a political song, but when I listen to it, I see Shayna fighting, crawling through the battle, just trying to keep her head up as she goes.
Sideways by Citizen Cope – now this is Jensen and Shayna’s song. I know you were waiting for it. Shayna doesn’t want to be with Jensen, his stubbornness, his reluctance to accept the supernatural part of Shayna’s life is a thorn in their relationship. But try as she might, Jensen means something to her; she is just drawn to him. And she really needs someone she can be with in the small dark hours where we want the arms and lips of another.
Closer by Kings of Leon – this song was Jeremy’s lament in my mind. When we realize what it is that is controlling Jeremy, what keeps him motivated in his destruction and vengeance, this is the song playing in his mind.
Witchcraft by Wolfmother – this is no one’s song and everyone’s song all at once. This song was just a helpful song track as I wrote. Hearing Andrew Stockdale belting out these lyrics, hearing “witchcraft” being chanted over and over again pushed me through the pages and chapters of this book.
Stop and Stare by One Republic – though this sounds like an upbeat, light song, if you really listen to the lyrics you hear the frustration and confusion of how to be and what to do in the words. I can see Shayna humming this song as she drives her car, one of the few places she feels calm and safe while trying to keep her head on straight, never quite sure what to do, even as she fakes her bravado so that people believe she knows what she’s doing.
Awake by Godsmack – I don’t think I’ll ever write a book with magic and violence in it without having at least one song by Sully Erna singing in the background. When I came to the battle scene in this book I needed some angry, hard music to keep me in the proper frame of mind and of course I went straight to my Godsmack music and Awake was just the perfect anthem for Shayna and Jodi while they went to battle.
Voodoo by Godsmack – yes, another Godsmack song. When I was trying to develop the character of Jeremy for Air I could just heard the soft, yet angry and haunting lyrics of this song. It was as if Jeremy was always singing this song under his breath.
I love all of these songs and the bands that performed them. Whenever I start a new project I take one day to put together a playlist of music that inspires me. That is one piece of advice that I give to anyone who asks me what they can do to help them write: find the soundtrack.
It was a rough start to the school year for Shayna and her friends, Jodi and Steven, but thankfully summer break is near. Trying to sort out her feelings for the new guy in town, Shayna agrees to let Jensen join her on a group date with her friends. While out they end up at a local coffee house where their classmate, social outcast Jeremy McCormick, is humiliated by his baseball star brother. When Jeremy runs away from the jeering crowd, Shayna and Jodi hear the unmistakable sound of a thousand wings chasing after him, but no one else seems to hear them. These are not like any air elementals that Shayna or Jodi have ever encountered before and they fear Jeremy has gotten himself tangled up in something too dangerous for him
to handle. But when Shayna tries to help Jeremy control his magical abilities she realizes it might be the biggest mistake of her life.
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