I'm happy to have guest author February Grace here today to share her music list she listened to when writing her exciting new release, Wishing Cross Station.
Whenever I’m working on a new book, one of the first things I’ll do is to start to build a playlist of songs to listen to while I’m writing.
Sometimes, individual characters end up with a playlist of their own; but in the case of Wishing Cross Station the playlist evolved into something that told the tales of each of the characters in turn, much like the book itself does.
The music crosses genres and decades; some of the songs are covers of melodies written in the 1940s, or in the case of one particular hymn that plays a key part in the story, way back in 1825.
Artists range from Hootie and the Blowfish (who open the playlist with the song “Time”) and go on to include vocalists like Enya, Celtic Woman, Josh Groban and Jeff Lynne; as well as instrumental, orchestrated renditions of songs such as “Yellow” by Coldplay and “Somewhere Only We Know” by Keane.
All of the songs weave together, and helped me to tell Keigan Wainwright’s tale: that of a 21st Century college student who finds himself trapped 135 years out of his time, back in the harsh winter of 1880.
Here’s the book’s blurb to tell you more about the story:
A dark fantasy romance from the author of GODSPEED and OF STARDUST…
Don’t stay a moment longer than you have to. Don’t say too much. Don’t pollute the timeline.
When nineteen-year-old college library page Keigan Wainwright is sent to pick up a private donation of books for the school’s collection, he has no idea where one of those books will take him, or what it will take from him.
Retracing a powerful man’s footsteps through the past, Keigan finds himself caught in the same dangerous trap: falling in love with a woman he was never meant to know, and uncertain he will ever find his way home.
Here is a partial list of the songs I listened to while working on the novel: focusing on ones that were especially key in the development of the story or the characters’ emotions (while deliberately omitting some that are key to the story’s conclusion…)
Time: Hootie and the Blowfish
DeoraAr Mo Chroi : Enya
Minstrel Boy (Instrumental): The Corrs
She Moved Through the Fair: Celtic Thunder
Marble Halls: Enya
Maid of Culmore: Celtic Thunder
Miracle: Vertical Horizon
MiMancherai: Josh Groban with Joshua Bell
Midnight Blue: Electric Light Orchestra
We Might as Well Be Strangers: Keane
Wherever You Will Go: The Calling
Wishing: Electric Light Orchestra
Time and Again: a-ha
Calling All Angels : Jane Siberry and k.d. lang
Return to Me : October Project
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow: Sweet Talk Radio
Suspended in Time: Olivia Newton-John
The Night Sky: Keane
… and on it goes.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this glimpse into some of the songs I listened to while writing Wishing Cross Station. It’s a unique, character-driven story of love, loss, and longing, and one I hope will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading it.
About the Book
TItle: Wishing Cross Station
Author: February Grace
A darkfantasy romance from the author of GODSPEED and OF STARDUST…
Don’tstay a moment longerthanyou have to. Don’t say toomuch. Don’tpollute the timeline.
Whennineteen-year-old college library page KeiganWainwright is sent topick up a private donation of booksfor the school’scollection, he has no ideawhereone of thosebookswill take him, or whatitwill take fromhim.
February Grace is anauthor, poet, and artist fromSoutheast Michigan. In previousnovels, she has introduced readers tocharacterswithclockworkhearts, told of romantic modern-dayfairygodparents, andreimagined a legend, centuriesold. Now, in her fifthnovelwithBooktrope, readers will board the special at WISHING CROSS STATION andembark on a trip through time. She is more thanmildlyobsessedwithclocks, music, colors, meteorshowers, andsteam engines.