Hello, my bookish peeps. First, I owe you, Ms. Sanders, and the organizers of Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours a huge apology as I was scheduled to host this visit yesterday. Regrettably, migraine brain fog and a host of other assorted illnesses caused my forgetfulness and the lateness of this post. Second, I am incredibly grateful that Ms. Tricia L. Sanders, author of the Grime Pays series including Death, Diamonds, and Freezer Burn, took the time to agree to stop by The Book Diva’s Reads and share with us some of her writing habits. Have you ever wondered if authors listen to music while writing and if so, what music? Ms. Sanders provides us with the answer to that question and more.
A question I always get asked is, do you listen to music when you write?
And the answer is yes. I love music. Music has always played a big part in my life. So, I’ve created several playlists for my Grime Pays series. For the first book in the series, Murder is a Dirty Business, I started out with my favorite country tunes. As I wrote, I added in my 70s and 80s favorites. When I wrote the second book in the series, Death, Diamonds, and Freezer Burn, I added Elvis Presley’s “Blue Hawaii” album to the mix since a couple of my characters are big Elvis fans.
I have a playlist of sappy love songs when I want to get in the mood to write about the more romantic aspect of what a character might do. Chris Young and Trace Adkins, or any male singer with a deep, sexy voice, can help create the perfect atmosphere.
I like light and fun when writing the more humorous aspects. Nancy, my gum-popping sidekick in Death, Diamonds, and Freezer Burn makes me want to listen to Madonna’s Material Girl and Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Want to Have Fun.
When the story takes a serious turn, I go for a brooding, more introspective type of music, like classical. Vivaldi is my favorite classical artist, and his “Four Seasons” top my list—especially Winter for more thoughtful writing.
My favorite tunes are always 70s. Creedence Clearwater Revival, Moody Blues, Beach Boys, The Eagles, Chicago, and The Doobie Brothers are the top albums I play over and over. I can get lost in the 70s. It’s my era, my youth, so those songs always take me back to the younger me.
As my writing evolves, so does my music. Recently, while writing a couple of novellas, I changed my playlists to Christmas songs because both novellas were Christmas-themed. It wasn’t easy to write about winter and Christmas when the temperatures outside were north of 90. A little mood music and Christmas lighting helped. And a pine-scented candle.
I’m not an earbud person when I write, I have to fill my space with music, not just my head. This is especially difficult when writing in a coffee shop. HA! I’ve tried the earbuds, really I have, but they make my ears itch, and the music is just too—there. That’s why I usually write at home or in a wide, open space. I love writing in my garden. And the neighbors don’t seem to mind. Sorry, if you’ve ever been offended by my music while sipping your latte.
Tricia L. Sanders
Death, Diamonds, and Freezer Burn (Grime Pays Mysteries)
by Tricia L. Sanders
2nd in Series
Soul Mate Publishing, Inc.
Release Date – October 24, 2018
Approximately 254 pages
An unwelcome visitor, an unrequited love, and a dead body create chaos in a middle-aged woman’s plan for a productive summer.
Despite a looming divorce, an empty checkbook, and a struggling cleaning business, Cece Cavanaugh is determined to land on her own two feet. Adamant about staying a safe distance from the handsome detective who has her fantasizing about violating the morals clause in her prenuptial agreement, Cece dives headlong into her work.
Even though she has no free time to spare, Cece finds herself guilted into cleaning a hoarder’s home. Her discoveries in the condemned house are too shocking to ignore. Diamond-laden pachyderms, a secret cache of money, and a dead body lure Cece into launching an investigation that places her in direct contact with the one person she’s desperate to avoid–hunky Detective Case Alder.
With clues in hand, Cece runs down leads and eliminates suspects one by one. Her conclusion and brave accusation put a friend’s life in peril forcing Cece to hatch a plan to outsmart the killer. A daring move could either save Cece and her friend or lead to their demise.
About the Author
Tricia L. Sanders writes cozy mysteries and women’s fiction. She adds a dash of romance and a sprinkling of snark to raise the stakes. Her heroines are humorous women embarking on journeys of self-discovery all the while doing so with class, sass, and a touch of kickass.
Tricia is an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, so don’t get between her and the television when a game is on. Currently, she is working on a mystery series set in the fictional town of Wickford, Missouri. Another project in the works is a women’s fiction road trip adventure.
A former instructional designer and corporate trainer, she traded in curriculum writing for novel writing, because she hates bullet points and loves to make stuff up. And fiction is more fun than training guides and lesson plans.
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