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Guest Blogger: Lisa Carlisle
Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Developing a Character with Music

Hello, I’m Lisa Carlisle, author of the Underground Encounters series at Ellora’s Cave. I’m here to talk about how I use music when developing a character. I’ve used the character development worksheets and interviews, but what really helps me picture a character and develop him or her more fully is knowing what kind of music he or she listens to.

For example, in my latest release Fiery Nights, Tristan Stone is a brooding character who avoids people, thinking he is cursed. Already prone to dark moods, he sinks even deeper when he loses Maya, the light to his darkness. In his bleak moment, he listens to what else but Nine Inch Nails. When writing these scenes, I turned out the lights and listened to Something I Can Never Have and Hurt many times to evoke the misery Tristan experienced at her loss.

And then I had to listen to something more upbeat so I wouldn’t sink down into the darkness with him!

Music is a big part of my series since it is set in an underground goth club. So on my Web site I include playlists for each of the books, as well as other playlists that I think readers of my books might enjoy. Check it out and leave a comment if you have others to recommend. (check link)

Now I have a question for you. Does knowing what kind of music a character listens to help you envision the character more? Or is it just me? 😉

Here are blurbs for my first two books in the series, Smoldering Nights and Fiery Nights. Books 3 and 4 will be released this year so follow me on your social media of choice to stay tuned. Thanks!

“If you are looking for a short story full of action and passion then pick up Smoldering Nights and get ready to be hooked on the series.” ~ Sizzling Hot Book Reviews.

Fiery Nights

lcfierynights_msr(1)He may own a Goth nightclub, but Tristan Stone avoids people—the darkness that surrounds them drains him. When he sees Maya for the first time, alone on the dance floor, a light surrounds her. He must discover who she is and what gives her power. He wants her, must have her.

Maya sees a man with haunting eyes watching her from the back of the club. She feels their connection, but thinks it’s merely physical attraction. Their passion ignites, overpowering them, and they must work together to understand their connection. The heat of their passion could send their world up in flames.

A Romantica® erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

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Smoldering Nights

lcsmolderingnightsNike loves visiting the goth club Vamps—she can exchange her firefighter uniform for a slinky fantasy outfit. There she runs into the man she’d been admiring from afar at a rock climbing gym. He’s been the star of all her  fantasies, so is it any wonder they end up in his private room upstairs? Just when things begin to heat up, Michel’s enemies appear.

Only Michel isn’t an ordinary mortal. And someone from his past is on the hunt for vengeance. Michel and Nike are forced on the run and hide out in a coastal cottage in Maine. They can’t resist their attraction and spend the nights exploring each others’ bodies while trying to sort out how they feel about each other. Can they overcome their differences to be together? And how will they evade the predators who are chasing them?

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For More on Underground Encounters

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7 comments to “Guest Blogger: Lisa Carlisle”

  1. Teresa Hughes
    · February 6th, 2013 at 8:21 am · Link

    Hey Lisa!

    I can’t answer your question because I never known what kind of music an author listened too while writing. But, I know that for me especially during certain scenes songs seem to play in my head. So I would think that knowing the music that inspires you would be a benefit to the reader.

  2. Lisa Carlisle
    · February 6th, 2013 at 8:23 am · Link

    Thanks, Theresa.
    I have a playlist of songs I write to that I should add to my site one day.

  3. ronnie cornett
    · February 6th, 2013 at 6:36 pm · Link

    It kinda helps ❗

  4. sharon chalk
    · February 6th, 2013 at 11:09 pm · Link

    I read a couple of authors that at the end of the book,they list the list of songs that they listened to while writing,I thought it was cool and tried to imagine what songs she was listening to when she wrote certain scenes. As far as myself,when Im reading and they are listening to music in the car,or they are dancing,I always want to know what they are listening to lol If I were writing ,I could listen to music to get me in a certain mood,then write,because if I listened while writing,Im afraid some of the lyrics would end up in the story lol Smoldering Nights looked so good that I had to buy it,tho for $4.76 and it only having 67 pages,Im gonna read real slow so I feel like I got my moneys worth cause 67 pages I would usually have dont in less than 1/2 hour lol

  5. Belinda Baker
    · February 6th, 2013 at 11:25 pm · Link


  6. Lisa Carlisle
    · February 7th, 2013 at 8:38 am · Link

    Thanks for the comments. I’m so glad you bought Smoldering Nights, Sharon. Think of it as the introduction to the series. 😉 The next three books in the series are full length and I’m now working on a novella again. Shapeshifters, vampires, humans with supernatural abilities, gargoyles, and rock ‘n roll! 😛

  7. ELF
    · February 8th, 2013 at 1:08 am · Link

    Unfortunately, the playlist only helps me when I know what the songs sound like and all too often, I have no clue when I read the titles of the songs.

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