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Sandra D. Bricker | Finding the Rhythm ...


I've always loved music. And musicians too, but that's a different story. One well-chosen piece of music can change my whole mood. And a long-forgotten song can pick me right up out of my life and transport me back a decade or two. Or more. So it's really no wonder that music plays such a significant role in my writing. I started out as a screenwriter, too ... so I'm sure that doesn't help. As I'm constructing a book, I build the scenes as I see them in my head, often in close angles, continuous shots and montages. And what's a good movie montage without the perfect piece of music to stand behind it?

I think the various processes of writing a book are as diverse as writers themselves. For me, I can't start a book without first scoring it; that's to say, I create a soundtrack for the story based on the characters moving around and chattering in my head. If you've read any of my books, you can probably easily guess my "featured artist" on the soundtrack album of each of them.

For ALWAYS THE BAKER NEVER THE BRIDE, for instance, Michael Buble was singing in my ear. In fact, he was so charming about it that he became a character in the book as well. Ben Colson, the crooner singing to Jackson and Emma Rae when they danced together for the first time, was the tall tree that came from the seedling of listening to my new Buble CD.

ALWAYS THE WEDDING PLANNER's Sherilyn was the most identifiable character of my writing career. She and I share weight issues, chocolate cravings, a checkered past ... and a love of Bob Seger. One of my favorite reader emails stated, "I can never hear Bob Seger again without thinking of Sherilyn." No wonder one of the most significant scenes in the book was set to the sounds of Seger's Rock & Roll Never Forgets as Sherilyn comes to terms with her fading youth. The fourth and final installment of the Another Emma Rae Creation books, ALWAYS THE BAKER FINALLY THE BRIDE, came out just a few months ago, and both Buble and Seger made it all the way through the series.

In my latest book, IF THE SHOE FITS – a contemporary fairy tale based on my childhood favorite princess, Cinderella – the two main characters had known each other since they were kids. So to get their soundtrack just right, I had to go back a couple of decades to decide what they might have been listening to while they were coming into their own. I created a musical track that played softly while I wrote, and I think it really helped me dig up some of that teenaged angst of my own in order to tell Will and Julianne's story with authenticity and the kind of emotion that only the perfect soundtrack can inspire.

SANDRA D. BRICKER was an entertainment publicist in Los Angeles for 15+ years. She is now a best-selling, award-winning author of laugh-out-loud fiction for the inspirational market. As an ovarian cancer survivor, she gears time and effort toward raising awareness and funds for research, diagnostics and a cure.

Who would be in the soundtrack of YOUR life? One commenter will win an iTunes card, a princess note pad and a copy of IF THE SHOE FITS!




37 comments posted.

Re: Sandra D. Bricker | Finding the Rhythm ...

Carry On by Fun., a lot of hair bands, a dash of Frank Sinatra and Doris Day, and I would have to give a shout to - Celine Dion, Faith Hill, Matt Nathanson, John Mayer, Jason Mraz (who was a soundtrack to a whole vacation), candles and moonlight goes to Barry White, Marvin Gaye, Smokey
I love music, I can close my eyes and go back to the roller rink, dancing in my room, my dates, my heartbreaks - I think we all have a soundtrack, it will play as long as we do.
(Carla Carlson 1:11pm June 19, 2013)

Garth Brooks, Michael Buble, the Dixie Chicks, definitely Adele, and maybe a little Whitney Houston.
(Kelli Jo Calvert 1:12pm June 19, 2013)

Lots of country tunes, 80's classic rock and some pop. :)
(Crystal Broyles 1:38pm June 19, 2013)

Frank Sinatra jimmy Buffett the beach boys Barry white
(Ava Curtis 1:49pm June 19, 2013)

All classic 80s rock anthems!
(Sharon Goodpasture 2:02pm June 19, 2013)

Music is a huge part of my life! It definitely can change a
mood and influence my thinking. My soundtrack would have
Celtic melodies, country classics, classical themes and dance
tunes here and there.
(Susan P 2:58pm June 19, 2013)

As a professional musician, I must have the chamber music of Mendelssohn and Brahms, the occasional Gee Gees, Big Band/Swing Era, and definitely Tony Bennett. Can't live without him!! Throw in some Mahler and Schubert and Schumann, and I'm the world's happiest camper!


(Lynn Rettig 4:18pm June 19, 2013)

Love all kinds of music. Looking forward to reading this
book. Normally not my style, but sounds very interesting!
(Tina Meissinger 4:22pm June 19, 2013)

Love any kind of christian music
(Michelle Prince Morgan 5:09pm June 19, 2013)

I really enjoy a variety. I especially love Elvis, Beach Boys, Queen, Kansas, Boston, Foreigner, Ted Nugent, ZZTop, Lionel Richie, etc.; just to name of few of my favorites.
This book sounds so good...I really want to read it since Cinderella was one of my favorite fairy tales as a child. I was even in a Cinderella play, on stage before an audience, when I was in 4th grade (I was the wicked stepmother)!
(Linda Luinstra 6:17pm June 19, 2013)

i love alot of music but i love a song from edward chun called
give my love music is a big part of my family and we all
enjoy listening to all kinds
(Denise Smith 6:40pm June 19, 2013)

Without a doubt, A-ha!
(Shelley Pierce 9:28pm June 19, 2013)

Dave Matthews Band
(Wanda Wood 9:33pm June 19, 2013)

country..trace adkins, kenny chestney, reba, jodee messina, toby keith to just name a few...love to win all
(Kimberly Hoefs 10:51pm June 19, 2013)

I grew up with lots of music and my husband Jesus and I have
a favorite song: " Never Gonna Give You Up" is a 1987 song
by British singer Rick Astley. I love to hear Hall and Oates
and Three Dog Night I went to their concert in Charlotte, NC
when I was a teenager with my cousins. I love Christian
music and Salsa music and Beach Boys and Alice Cooper and ZZ
Top and other great bands. I grew up with Disco music and
even won dancing contests in Kansas. So, Congrats on your
new book: IF THE SHOE FITS and I would love to read it and
win it too. Thank You, Cecilia CECE
(Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez 11:17pm June 19, 2013)

I love 80's rock - Billy Joel
(Darci Paice 12:11pm June 20, 2013)

i love all music, this book sounds fun too. ty
(Debbi Shaw 12:30pm June 20, 2013)

I listen to everything pop,country,rock,rap,oldies it just
depends on my mood my only real preference is that it be
upbeat I like my music to keep me moving .Hope you have a
fantastic day.
(Wanda Flanagan 1:43am June 20, 2013)

soundtrack of my life would be the national anthem. I come from a family of military folks who defended this country and love this country for what it is today. Land of the free.
(Lisa Fitzgibbons 5:44am June 20, 2013)

It would include lots of songs by different singers, but several Taylor Swift songs would be on the early part of the soundtrack.
(Pam Howell 8:27am June 20, 2013)

You asked a tough question!! I suppose I'd have to start out with Carole King's Tapestry, then move into the group Chicago, with a little Procol Harem and a smidgen of Journey thrown in for good measure!! There are other groups I could think of, but I think I'll stop with this. Now I'll have to get familiar with your books!! They sound like just the thing I need to boost my spirits this Summer!! I've had a lot on my plate as of late, and would enjoy a good book respite!!
(Peggy Roberson 8:54am June 20, 2013)

Coheed & Cambria
(Steve Pierce 10:42am June 20, 2013)

Paul Anka and Neil Young. Congratulations and best wishes.
(Sharon Berger 10:52am June 20, 2013)

The music that soothes me is what I love best, so
instrumentals and jazz would be on that soundtrack for me.
Not the usual offerings, but great sounds to read by.
(Diana Corlett 1:33pm June 20, 2013)

My favorite music tends to be soundtracks from musicals so if I were to create a soundtrack I would have to include a fun upbeat number from something like Rent or Grease.
(Jamie Fortney 1:45pm June 20, 2013)

saw Bob Seger on The Voice last night. I'm a 70's and 80's girl (LOL) Reading everybodys answers brings back so many of my favorites from that era. I even remember exactly where I was when I heard some of songs from back then. Don't like any of todays music. Only listen to classic rock stations
(Susan Falkler 3:15pm June 20, 2013)

The first concert my mom took me to was at Madison Square Garden to see KC and the Sunshine Band. Then came 70's disco. So I would add some more of that kinda music to my ipod.
(Christine Didyk 3:28pm June 20, 2013)

I love all types of music (except opera) but when I'm writing, I have solo piano music playing. It can be soft jazz, 70's, 80's, christian, etc., as long as it's just piano. Obviously, I'm a piano girl - I've been playing the piano since I was six.
(Edwina Cowgill 5:24pm June 20, 2013)

Definitely Brooks and Dunn and Adele...HA Love your books too!!
(Bonnie Capuano 6:11pm June 20, 2013)

Those Far-Away Places. I learned to sing it in 3rd grade and I was hooked. I love to travel all over the world and do a lot of it in books.
(Leona Olson 8:08pm June 20, 2013)

Elvis and the Beatles---am I dating myself?
(Sue Farrell 9:49pm June 20, 2013)

It would be the Footloose Soundtrack with Rod Steward, Phil Colins, and One Republic. My life sounds a bit like them.
(Kai Wong 1:11am June 21, 2013)

I love listening to Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwo'ole these days. All his music has a Hawaiian sound to it.
(Carol Woodruff 11:32am June 21, 2013)

Love oldies and rock 'n roll music. Lots of the groups...Beatles, Boston, Fleetwood Mac, etc.
(Rich Cook 5:52pm June 21, 2013)

Has to be classic Beatles for me.
(Mary Preston 11:39pm June 21, 2013)

I love all kinds of music, especially classic rock 'n roll.
(Bonnie H 8:35pm June 23, 2013)

Just finished this book. What a delight. It was inspiration,
funny and yes a fairytale. What girl doesn't look for her
prince charming.
(Sharon Salituro 8:00am July 2, 2013)

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