Monday, September 22, 2014

Eve Gaddy's Music to Write By

Native Texan, Eve Gaddy is the best-selling author of more than seventeen novels. Her books have sold over a million copies worldwide and won numerous awards. Eve’s writing career began when she was in search of the perfect job and a friend challenged her to write a novel. Naturally, she thought of romance because that is one of her favorite things to read. Once she began, she never looked back and has been writing ever since. Eve says she enjoys cooking except when she is in the throes of creating, and has been known to tell her husband that is what peanut butter and jelly was created for.

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Welcome to Book Blather, Eve.

For many writers music is an integral part of their process. Just as everyone has their own method of writing, everyone has their own way of incorporating music into their process. Some writers listen to music while they write, either a playlist they've made for the book, classical music, or as Roz Denny Fox once told me, "I have to listen to kickin' country music. My husband made a classical playlist for me one time and I fell asleep." On the other hand, my editor, Pat Van Wie, is another who listens to music while she writes. She listens to only classical piano music, with no words, preferably Chopin. Our musical tastes are as unique as our writing.
Each writer's process is different, so it's no surprise each writer has a different way of using music to aid in his or her writing. I can't listen to music while I write. It's far too distracting. I can't even listen to instrumental because I'll hum the tune. But I listen to music, and my playlists, at all other times. In the car, when I clean (Stop laughing. I wash out my coffeepot. That counts, doesn't it?), when I shower, before I sit down to write. And listening while driving seems to help when I'm stuck.
I make a playlist for every book. When I first started writing I would only have one or two songs I played for the book, but then I discovered playlists! Much better. You can get awfully sick of a song you play 10,000 times. For me the playlist has to develop. I may start out with one song that's key, and as I write, others are added and become more important.

Cry Love, is a book unlike anything I've ever written. While it is a romance, it's also a love story. There are subtle differences. Love stories don't always end happily. Just read the first scene of Cry Love and you'll see what I'm talking about. So, yes, there's tragedy in Cry Love but there is also triumph. And a love that won't die.

When I first heard the song Cry Love by John Hiatt, I knew it would be important in writing this book. I wasn't sure how, but I knew it would be. For one thing, it's a beautiful song. Then it dawned on me that Cry Love was the perfect title for this book. Haunting, beautiful, evocative, different.
My playlist for Cry Love includes songs about forbidden love, hopeless love, songs about mad, passionate, and dangerous love. One song, Andy Brown's Ashes, I've yet to fully understand but it's so beautiful I added it to the list. The Vivaldi Guitar Concerto by Los Romeros, was added just because I love it. Another song that really spoke to me was Jessica Andrews' Helplessly, Hopelessly, Recklessly. Musical genres include Rock and Roll, Pop, Country, and Classical songs. Not every musical genre is represented in the Cry Love playlist. However, I cover a lot of genres in my playlists for upcoming books. I like variety. What can I say, I have eclectic tastes.
I post a song of the day on my Facebook and Twitter pages. Coming up will be songs from my next new book, Sing Me Back Home, the first novella in the Montana Born Homecoming series from Tule Publishing. Find the song of the day at and
Here is my playlist for Cry Love, with links:

Cry Love John Hiatt

Ashes  Andy Brown
Helplessly, Hopelessly, Recklessly Jessica Andrews
Wrong to Love You  Chris Isaak
Forbidden Love Jim Verraros
Lips of An Angel Hinder
The Right Kind of Wrong LeAnn Rimes
Standing on the Edge of Goodbye John Berry
We Can Be Together Jefferson Airplane
Dangerously In Love Beyoncé
Wicked Game Chris Isaak
Midnight Confessions The Grass Roots
Endless Love Lionel Richie & Diana Ross
Concerto in B Minor for 4 Guitars & Cello RV 580 (L'estro armonico No. 10): I. Allegro Los Romeros Vivaldi: Guitar Concertos


  1. Thanks so much for having me, Marilee!

  2. Thanks, Eve (and Merilee), for that great post! I love the playlist idea. I've never considered doing that, but I think I'm going to start working up playlists for the two novels I'm working on. And "Cry Love" sounds great...I'll be checking it out.

    1. Thanks, Dori! Glad you enjoyed it. As you can tell, I love playlists. It usually takes me a while to get the whole playlist, but I like finding the songs. Have fun! Hope you enjoy Cry Love.:)