Before I have a title or an ending or even a name for my main character I begin with the mood. It kinda hits me out of nowhere, almost like I'm right there in the scene. I live with this feeling for a period of time, listening to music and brainstorming the story, until it all comes together.
For Mystique I needed something dark. I wanted the music to evoke a feeling of winter and dead trees and loneliness but there also had to be a touch of hope thrown in.
So. Here's what I found:
Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
Jónsi - Go
Radiohead - The King Of Limbs
Local Natives - Gorilla Manor
Cloud Cult - Light Chasers
Go check them out.
Shari Arnold is the author of MYSTIQUE coming Fall 2012 from Chronicle Books. Check out her blog or follow her on Twitter.