Saturday, December 19, 2015

When in Gnome’s Unofficial Soundtrack

I wanted to share some of the songs that inspired me to write parts of the book, songs that, for me, represent characters, and songs that are actually referenced in the book.  This is by no means a complete list.  I call it unofficial because I don’t own any of these songs or have any rights to them.

Also, if you go to my Pinterest board, you’ll find the new WIG Soundtrack board with YouTube videos of all of the songs linked.  Because some of the songs are older, the videos with the hair styles and outfits are kind of funny now, but the music is still pretty awesome.  (https://www.pinterest.com/emilynight0010/)


Where do I start?  First, here’s the list, and, following, I’ll explain why I chose the songs I did:

1.       Ellie Goulding “Lights”
2.       Soul Asylum “Promises Broken”
3.       Macy Gray “Sweet Baby”
4.       Ry Cooder “Down in Mississippi” (by J. B. Lenoir)
5.       Ry Cooder “Crossroads” (by Robert Johnson)
6.       Counting Crows “Rain King”
7.       Los Lonely Boys “Heaven”
8.       Peter Gabriel “Solsbury Hill”
9.       Fleetwood Mac “Big Love” (Live Acoustic Version)
10.   R.E.O. Speedwagon “Golden Country”
11.   Trapt “Headstrong”
12.   Bush “Machinehead”
13.   Queen “We Will Rock You”
14.   The Cure “Lovesong”
15.   Elvis “Suspicious Minds”
16.   Avenged Sevenfold “Bat Country”
17.   Wolfmother “Woman”

Evangeline

There were a few songs I thought of in terms of Evangeline’s character.  Some of them applied more to where the story is going, so, for this first book, the song “Lights” by Ellie Goulding seemed to fit.  The song is clearly feminine, like Evie, but seems to talk about this loss and a longing to feel safe.  I also chose “Promises Broken” by Soul Asylum because it represents how she feels about the loss of her friendship.  She also listens to Macy Gray (“Sweet Baby”) while she thinks about the moment that she and Paul just shared together.

Daniel

Daniel is the caretaker at Rosewood, and he likes blues music and jazz.  I chose “Down in Mississippi” with the original lyrics written by J. B. Lenoir, who was born in Mississippi, and, in the version I used, sung by Ry Cooder, who was not.  The lyrics were later appended and recorded by Mavis Staples from Illinois, which is, ironically, the same state where Lenoir died. 

I also chose “Crossroads” written by Robert Johnson, who was also born in Mississippi.  Again, this is the Ry Cooder version.  The original is good, but this one has more bass, which I like.

Ben

I see Ben as liking music that has a bit more of a folk or country flavor.  In the first scene where he is alone with Evie, he’s singing “Rain King” by the Counting Crows because his last name is Crow and the crow is like a totem for him.  Later, he’s listening to “Heaven” by Los Lonely Boys in his truck, and then Evie learns that he plays acoustic guitar just for fun when he plays “Solsbury Hill”, which is a Peter Gabriel song.

Paul

Because Paul is so much into music, there is a lot of music that represents him.

After Paul meets Evie, he’s excited, and he’s listening to songs that make him happy, like the acoustic version of “Big Love” by Fleetwood Mac.  The songs have nice melodies and chords, but they aren’t the kind of song that he plays with his band.  To me, these feel like the kind of songs he would play if he were at home in his living room and unplugged.

When he and Evie go out, he has “Golden Country” by R.E.O. Speedwagon turned up loud in his car, and the live version is really the only version.  When he performs, the band does covers of songs like “Headstrong” by Trapt and “Machinehead” by Bush and ends every show with “We Will Rock You” by Queen.

When Paul and Evie meet later, they listen to songs like “Lovesong” by the Cure, and even dance to Elvis (“Suspicious Minds”).  I think it’s hard to talk about the landmarks and the people of the South and not, at some point, have Elvis come up.  Later, when Paul arrives in the parking lot with Mackenzie and Evie, “Bat Country” by Avenged Sevenfold came to mind.  There’s a quote in the song, “He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man,” which is actually from the 1700s by a man named Samuel Johnson.  But the song seems angry and frustrated, which, to me, seemed to sum up what he was feeling at the moment.

Mackenzie

When Mackenzie corners Evie in the parking lot, there were a handful of songs I could have used—like “Mississippi Queen” would have been an obvious choice—but I chose “Woman” by Wolfmother because it seems frenzied and chaotic, but the lyrics contrast beautifully with what transpired. 

Friday, December 18, 2015

Save a Gnome!


And here's how you can help!

Did you recently read my book?

A.  If you did, bless your heart!

B.  If you're confused by this question, it's the book displayed in the margin.  Yeah, that one right there.

If you fit into Category A, it would be really, really awesome if you would go to Amazon.com or Goodreads.com (quadruple bless-your-heart if you do both) and write a review of it.

If you fit into Category B, it's okay.  Really.  We're a couple of decades behind the times in Mississippi, meaning it's still 1995 here (frustrating to the youngsters, but the mature folks kinda like it that way), so you have plenty of time to catch up.

Also, if you have any questions you want to ask me, there are a few ways for you to do this:

Firstly, you could ask it here on the blog in the comments section.  I'll find you.  I think.

Secondly, there is a place on my Goodreads.com author page for questions.

Finally, if you prefer to be anonymous (and I totally respect that), you can submit questions through my website (emilynightauthor.com) using the contact form.  Contact is located on the website on the right side of the menu.  I can answer you privately, or, if the question seems relevant enough, write a blog post while keeping your contact information private.

TTFN!

Emily

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Don't Miss it!


Just a gentle reminder:  don't forget to check out the Kindle Countdown Deal on Amazon today.   The book starts at the low price of $0.99 on the 17th!  It will gradually increase over the following days.  Make sure you get there while the price is at its lowest.  

Enjoy!



Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Places Gnome Goes

I've made a couple of updates this week:

Firstly, in the links list, I have added a link to the new Emily Night Pinterest board.  Secondly, on the website itself (Emilynightauthor.com), I've added a page labeled "Extras".  It currently contains a map of the various locations mentioned in the book.

My main goal in providing the map and the Pinterest board was to give readers a sense of the flavor of the book.

More to come later.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Counting Down to Christmas

Hola!

Can you believe Christmas is less than two weeks away?  It always sneaks up on me, and it's about to get real.

Not that I'm not physically ready. The tree is decorated.  The list has been checked twice.  The menu has been planned.  Still, I'm not ready!  I'm gonna need a moment.

I wanted to let you guys know that Thursday, December 17 (that's this week!), is the first day that When in Gnome is available as a Kindle Countdown Deal.  This is no slick, well-thought-out marketing scheme. I'm flying by the seat of my pants here.  This is simply a chance to offer the Kindle version of my book at the lowest price.

What you need to know is that the price is at its lowest on Thursday, December 17.  From there, over the course of a week, the price increases gradually until it's back to its original price.  So, best price starts early.

There are also other ways you can enjoy When in Gnome.  If you are a member of Amazon Prime or a subscriber to Kindle Unlimited, you can read it for free.  When in Gnome is also available in paperback.

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.  May your days be merry and bright.

Later on,

Emily

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Paper Towns


When I was about eight or nine years old, I had a paper town, the kind where you have to punch out and assemble each building and bus.  Mom would put on records, and my sister and I played in the den for hours.  There was something magical about having my own city where anything could happen.

This is kind of how it was when I created Gnome.  It is just as exciting and magical now as it was then.

The setting of Gnome is just as important to me as its characters are.  In fact, Gnome is like a character in itself with its mysterious portal in the woods, trendy places juxtaposed against ordinary businesses, and a history that goes back centuries.  When I built Gnome in my mind, I wanted readers who had never visited The South to know what it looks like, feels like, and smells like.  Long before I had my plot set in stone, I was building Gnome.  The whole concept was about this magical place where anything could happen.

And that's how Gnome was born.