Playlist: A Man of His Word by Sarah Anderson

A lot of authors can’t listen to music with words while writing. I am not one of those people. I write best when I have someone singing in the background. Listening to music focuses the random parts of my brain on a specific task—ignoring the lyrics—that frees the rest of my mind up for writing. It sounds counterintuitive, but hey—it works for me! So what do I listen to/ignore while writing? I have an eclectic taste in music—country, Top 40 pop, metal that ranges from hair to heavy, a lot of classics from the 50s, 60s, and 70s—you name it, I’ll listen to it. The only thing I don’t like is reggae. I like to use music to set a mood. For writing the sad scenes in A Man of His Word, my go-to songs include:

Each of these songs are about women making hard choices—not drinking, leaving a cheating man—but doing the right thing no matter how much it hurts. That’s the vibe I try to bring to my tear-jerker scenes. But don’t think I’m leaving the men out of the equation—I listen to a lot of country music, a genre that specializes in sorrow:

A whole book isn’t based on sad stuff, though. As A Man of His Word is a romance, after all, I need a set list to go with those special scenes:

Other times, though, I just need some feel-good music to keep my energy up—what some might lovingly refer to as ‘sh$%-kicking’ songs. I have those in spades:

And the list goes on. And on. The songs change with the book—more country songs for a more cowboy-focused book, for example—but this core list gets me through a lot of pages. What music gets you going? I’ll give away one signed copy of A Man of His Word to someone who comments. All comments will be entered to win the Locket of Love Jewelry Grand Prize (worth $185).* ** This post is brought to you as part of the A Man of His Word Blog Tour. U.S. residents only. For a complete tour schedule and rules, visit www.sarahmanderson.com. Comments on this blog will be entered to win a signed copy of A Man of His Word. All blog comments are added to the Jewelry Grand Prize list. Jewelry Grand Prize announced on January 1st, 2012 to one randomly drawn name on the list. Next tour stop is Musings from the Peanut Gallery on December 5th.

Attorney Rosebud Donnelly has a case to win. And she never lets anyone see her sweat. But her first meeting with Dan Armstrong doesn’t go according to script. No one warned her that the COO of the company she’s fighting would be so…manly. From his storm-colored eyes to his well-worn boots, Dan is an honest-to-goodness cowboy. But is he honest? Her yearning for the Texas tycoon goes against reason, against family loyalty, against everything she thought she believed in. And yet, in Dan’s strong arms, Rosebud feels she might be ready to risk everything for one more kiss….

Bio: Award-winning author Sarah M. Anderson may live east of the Mississippi River, but her heart lies out west on the Great Plains. With a lifelong love of horses and two history teachers for parents, it wasn’t long before her characters found themselves out in South Dakota among the Lakota Sioux. She loves to put people from two different worlds into new situations and to see how their backgrounds and cultures take them someplace they never thought they’d go. When not helping out at school or walking her rescue dog, Sarah spends her days having conversations with imaginary cowboys and American Indians, all of which is surprisingly well-tolerated by her wonderful husband and son.

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