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Amy Ruttan | Playlists and Pinterest Boards

I know there are a few authors out there who can’t write to music and have to have dead silence to work in, but I’m not one of them.

When I’m about to start a new project I always try and find a playlist. Either on iTunes or YouTube and I cycle through listening to that playlist while I write.

Honestly, not even sure if I hear the words, but I can’t write in silence. When it’s too quiet my imagination can get the better of me.

When I was writing DARE SHE DATE AGAIN?. There was one song I was listening to a lot which seemed to fit the theme of my characters and that was Avril Lavigne & Chad Kroeger’s “Let Me Go”. Sadly now these two are no longer an item, but I digress.

This is a link to the song I played over and over again.

I’m also quite visual when it comes to my writing. I often spend a lot of time building secret Pinterest boards to inspire me. When the book gets a release date I make them available to the public, it’s just a quirk I have. We all have them, quirks I mean. I’m not too sure about the Pinterest boards, but I know that I need them.

I love movies and I like to cast my characters as if my book was going to film.

I thought I’d share who I cast for characters in DARE SHE DATE AGAIN?

For George Atavik I’ve always pictured Canadian Actor Adam Beach. I’ve loved him forever and he has that cheeky smile I’ve always seen on George’s face.adam-beach-cp-2951922

For Samantha Doxtator I pictured Tamara Podemski.pic.470.24

Actually fun fact about Adam Beach and Tamara Podemski is they acted in the movie Dance Me Outside and in the television series The Rez together, two of my favorite Canadian productions.

As Sam’s son Adam I pictured Boo Boo Stewart when he was still in his Twilight days. He’s not this young any more, LOL but it’s my fictional movie cast and I say Adam looks like Boo Boo. Plus I like saying his name. That’s an awesome name.BOOBOO STEWART in THE TWILIGHT

I often “cast” characters in my head when I’m reading. When I read Harry Potter I pictured Hagrid to look like Robbie Coltrane, so when he was cast to play Hagrid this made me extremely happy. However, I didn’t picture gorgeous Richard Armitage as a Dwarven King in The Hobbit, but you can’t win them all and he did a brilliant job any ways.

So readers do you cast characters in your head? Are their soundtracks or music you think of when you read a certain book? Inquiring writer minds want to know.


To love again…?

Single mom and paramedic Samantha Doxtator has been living with a broken heart after losing her husband years ago. Now she's finally back on track and following her dream to become an air ambulance pilot…after training one last student—George Atavik!

Since nearly losing his life in a plane crash, George will not waste the second chance he's been given, and he won't deny the sparks flying between him and his new mentor. Does Samantha dare risk her own carefully guarded heart for another opportunity at happiness?

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2 comments posted.

Re: Amy Ruttan | Playlists and Pinterest Boards

I like music in the background if I am doing something... I have a great imagination, but I am not a writer...
(Colleen Conklin 1:12pm October 27, 2014)

I do a lot of knitting, where I make things, and give them
to other people because of hardships in their lives, new
births in their family, or whatever. Anyway, if I'm
knitting, I always have music in the background. If I'm
doing something else, such as cooking, or something more
involved, I put on what I call motivation music, which keeps
me moving a little faster to get my work done. If I'm
reading, the pace of the music is a bit more soothing, but I
always have music on in the background, since my TV
reception is almost but non-existant where I live. I'm way
out in the country, near the Canadian border, and you can't
pick up a signal to save your soul!! Radio is my only
salvation at this point, and you learn to live without the
tv. All I have is the radio, my books, and my knitting and
(Peggy Roberson 11:08am October 28, 2014)

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