Today is Road Trip Wednesday! The question: If your WIP or favorite book were music, what song(s) would it be?
Well, unlike many authors today I don’t listen to music when I’m writing…but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a soundtrack running through my head. My finished and soon-to-be-queried manuscript, The Rose of Coracus, is all about music, dancing and the freedom you get when pursuing those activities. Set in a fantastical kingdom, the main character, Shayna, is part of the ethnic group called Hilla, a people that give music and dancing huge cultural significance. Shayna and her friends are part of an informal band called Joyous: Shayna dances and plays the tambourine, Ani plays the recorder, others play the violin, the piccolo, and so on. Shayna and Ani also go to a tavern to dance throughout the night…where many important plot events occur!
Last year in my college creative writing class someone, let’s call her M., once asked me what kind of dancing the Hilla did, and I explained that it was a complicated yet effortless combination of steps and swirls and claps to the proper beat. Well, M. didn’t skip a beat either when she suggested “Jane Austen plus contradance!” And well, I’ve never been to a contradance, but from M.’s description it seems to fit the bill. So, if any type of music fits the Hilla culture depicted in The Rose of Coracus, a good old folk song that you can dance to would be it!