Playlist & Contest: Sara Humphreys

Brave the Heat Soundtrack by Sara Humphreys

I love music but if it has lyrics then I can’t listen to it while I write. I find it too distracting. However, music plays a big part of the creative process for me. Whenever I’m plotting out a book, I look for songs that inspire me. I create a soundtrack for each couple’s story and one song will usually rise above the rest and become their theme song.

The theme song is the most important because it embodies the heart of the book.

Sometimes I find it by chance on the radio and or even in the movies. Jordan and Gavin’s song isn’t exactly perfect in terms of the overall lyrics but the title fits and the mood is on point.

Stay with Me by Sam Smith.

Now, I know that song is about a one-night stand but at the core of it, there’s longing for more. And that is the heart of Gavin and Jordan’s love story. Brave the Heat is a second chance romance and once Jordan comes back to town after fifteen years away…all he wants is for her to stay with him.

The songs that I choose help me create a movie in my head and then I can put it on paper. When I’m deep into plotting, I even dream about the characters I’m working on. If I ever get stuck, then I put the soundtrack on and let my imagination go wild as I fall asleep. Usually the answer reveals itself at about four in the morning. I even keep a little notebook by my bed to write down the ideas so I won’t forget them.

Here’s the full soundtrack for Brave the Heat.

**I was clearly on a Bon Jovi bender.**

How about you? Are you inspired by music?

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SaraHumphreysSara Humphreys is the award winning author of the Amoveo Legend series. The third book in the series, UNTAMED, won two PRISM awards–Dark Paranormal and Best of the Best. The first two novels from her Dead in the City series have been nominated for the National Readers Choice Award. Sara was also a professional actress. Some of her television credits include, A&E Biography, Guiding Light, Another World, As the World Turns and Rescue Me.

She loves writing hot heroes and heroines with moxie but above all, Sara adores a satisfying happily-ever-after. She lives in New York with Mr. H., their four amazing sons, and two adorable pups. When she’s not writing or hanging out with the men in her life, she can be found working out with Shaun T in her living room or chatting with readers on Facebook.

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13 thoughts on “Playlist & Contest: Sara Humphreys

  1. JoAnne says:

    You said music is a large part of your writing. Do you play an instrument or did you growing up?
    What are your tastes in music?

  2. anne says:

    Your talent and creativity is wonderful and I enjoyed learning about your writing and books. Music plays an important part in our lives and provides a meaningful and unforgettable component in our homes. I grew up hearing opera every Saturday as my father enjoyed relaxing and listening to Caruso, Mario Lanza and Jan Pierce.

  3. Diane Sallans says:

    Love that playlist! Music can really effect my mood – wither pump me up or make me tear up – I can see how music can help an author.

  4. Leanna says:

    I listen to music often when I read but I don’t pay attention to the lyrics I just need something on. I don’t like too much quite. I usually listen to the 90s hip hop channel on Pandora.

  5. Marcy Shuler says:

    I don’t listen to a lot of music, but it’s funny how hearing a certain song can take you right back to a specific time in your life. 🙂

  6. Brave the Heat sounds wonderful! I love listening to playlists when writing too, and it always enhances my appreciation for a book when I listen to authors’ playlists because I get an exact feel of what they wanted to pour into the story through music.

  7. Anita H. says:

    The first three songs are on my playlist too, love those songs! I love how certain songs influence how you feel, so I’m always interested in what songs authors listen to during their writing.

  8. Raonaid Luckwell says:

    Music always helps me get into the zone of writing, I found. I have a playlist on my ipod for whenever I want to write. Mostly it has ballads…some anime soundtracks etc. When I need something raunchy to help me get in that mood to write I will shift the music to naughty themed music.

  9. Raonaid Luckwell says:

    Music always helps me get into the zone of writing, I found. I have a playlist on my ipod for whenever I want to write. Mostly it has ballads…some anime soundtracks etc. When I need something raunchy to help me get in that mood to write I will shift the music to naughty themed music.

    By the way.. love the Bon Jovi and Gnr

  10. Ada says:

    I can’t listen to music when I’m reading but I like having it on during all other times. Sometimes I sing out loud without even realizing it, even when I’m working. But I love your choice of songs, Sam Smith (and his voice) is amazing!!!

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