Please welcome to the blog today, fellow Crescent Moon Press Author, Cindy Young Turner. I’m so pleased that she’s agreed to share her character playlist to her novel, Thief of Hope.
I’m the kind of person who always listened to music when I studied in high school and college. It just helped me focus. So naturally I listen to music when I write. My music tastes are pretty eclectic, ranging from indie rock to folk, classical, and heavy metal, and I also adore bagpipes.
My first novel, Thief of Hope, is fantasy set in a medieval-based world. I love listening to movie soundtracks when I’m writing because they have such a variety of moods. I can always find something to fit the scene I’m writing. I was already a Lord of the Rings fan before the movies came out, and you can bet I got those soundtracks right away to put into my writing music rotation.
I also listen to a group called the Mediaeval Baebes. They sing medieval music using traditional instruments and yes, they are babes. I’ve seen them perform live and they are amazing. The tone of their music helps set the mood for me. Here’s one of my favorites:
A group called New Model Army has a lot of political-focused music and this song called “The Charge” really appealed to me while writing the book:
Thief of Hope has some dark parts, although it’s ultimately about overcoming loss and finding hope. A lot of Evanescence’s music reminds me of my heroine because their songs deal with love and loss and pain, like this one:
Cindy has always been an avid reader and became fascinated by mythology and Arthurian legends at a young age. She quickly decided she enjoyed creating her own worlds and characters and set to work writing her own stories. She won her first writing contest at age twelve, a short story inspired by the style of Edgar Allan Poe. Branching her interests from mythology to classic supernatural tales to medieval history and then to fantasy seemed to be a logical progression.
A native New Englander, Cindy currently lives in the Mid-Atlantic region with her family and each year wishes for more snow.