Music has always been a big influence in my life. My mother was a fan of blues, country, and big band groups; my father on the other hand listened to alternative, rock, and metal. Over the years I also incorporated hip-hop, pop, and R&B making my current music collection eclectic. Although these genres of music are very different, they are all a part of me.
I am an emotional person, but there are times I need to tap into an emotion that I’m not currently experiencing at this point of my life. Sounds, much like smells, can trigger memories for many people. Music happens to be a powerful vehicle that allows me to recall different points in my life, evoking good and bad memories. The right song can take me back to senior prom, my first crush, a weekend at the beach, and even a break up. Happy or sad, these memories come rushing back at the first chords.
As a writer I use music to stir up old feelings throughout my process. It helps me to be on the same emotional playing field as my characters. For example, if I am writing an action scene I tend to listen to rock and metal for the fast tempo, romantic chapters I listen to R&B for the smooth tones, while the blues help me through sad sections of my writing.
I love to read, and I think it’s just fascinating when I have an emotional connection with a fictional character. I hope my writing brings these same emotions to my readers through the characters, descriptions, and dialogue.
Lisa Heartman writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels.