I think all books need soundtracks. I’ve always loved music, and I’ve always loved writing, so it makes sense to me to create “soundtracks” for my stories. The first one I made was for this horrendous–and very long–story my best friend and I wrote over the period of a few years. The “soundtrack” had lots of corny teen pop music, and I made it by recording CDs onto tapes on a boombox. Then I made another one. And another one. Over the years of working on Padmin I collected songs that I thought were fitting. It was–and still is–a fun process for me, because I love it when I hear a song that perfectly represents my story. I’m also slightly embarrassed by my corniness, so I probably won’t share the songs, but that’s okay.
You know what I think would be really cool? If authors could bundle a CD with their books. I know I would definitely love to listen to a book’s soundtrack. Who knows? Maybe bundling a CD with a book is in our future. After all, book trailers have become popular, so why not this?
Speaking of music, here are some inspirational lyrics to end on. As you can see, I’m a big fan of musicals.
How many times did I hear it? How many times did they try?
To somehow break my spirit, to somehow make me die.
“Huey, you’re odd, crazy and slow. Now much to look at–”
Well, maybe that’s so. They tried so hard to drag me down low.
Perhaps there is more to your story than even you know.
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Seventeen-year-old Blakely Caplan is counting down the days to college – until she and best friend Cameron enter a portal to war-torn Noríah. Revealed to be a descendant of the throne’s protectors, Blakely must harness the immense power of the Padmin Stone to unify Noríah’s resistance and defeat a dictator rumored to be aided by an evil goddess.
There’s just one small problem: Blakely can only access her powers through self-confidence, and she has never believed in herself.
Very few trust her. A traitor lurks in their midst. Inconvenient feelings for Cameron come to light. Blakely faces a choice as she takes up the mantle of her ancestors: believe in her own strength, or die trying…and let Noríah die with her.
The moment stopped again. Again, this odd, tense stillness hung between us. My chest tightened. My throat closed up.
We needed to get outside and see Andie. How long had passed since her call? Fifteen minutes? Half an hour? Could’ve been an hour for all I knew.
“What do you mean by that?” I asked.
Cameron sat next to me, the coarseness of his own jeans brushing my naked thigh. “Just that he’s a dumbass,” he said.
“He emails me every so often, you know,” I said. “Maybe he’ll….”
“He’s not going to reconsider.”
I swallowed and forced my throat to open up. “I know.”
Finally, I managed to get my jeans completely on. I stood to zip and button them.
“He told me he felt bad about it,” Cameron added.
My jaw unhinged. “What?”
Cameron stood along with me. “I know he broke your heart. I hate him for that. But I think a little bit of his broke, too. If it makes you feel any better.”
“It doesn’t matter,” I snapped, turning away and grabbing my cell phone, socks, sneakers, and zip-up hoodie. “And that’s not true. I’ve never broken anyone’s heart.”
“That’s not true, either.” He paused a moment. “Maybe you have and you don’t even know it.”
A significant amount of thought and research goes into constructing a meaningful villain for your novel. Here are a few articles that have helped me along the way. Enjoy!
I’ve used these character templates for decades. I hope this can be useful resource for other writers out there!