Let's Talk with Diane A.S. Stuckart
The Sound of Silence
I’ve been seriously writing for 30 or so years, and it still never ceases to amaze me when my fellow authors talk about the music they listen to while they write. Some stream tunes from their favorite online channel; others go old-school with their CD collection. And a few overachievers compile specific playlists for each book, the songs echoing the time period or the theme of their current work in process.
As for me, I sit at my desk huddling over my laptop and shouting, shaddup! if the television is on too loud in the other room. And when a TV show’s theme song suddenly comes on (Big Bang Theory, I’m looking at you!), I have to close multiple doors between me and the source. Sometimes I even turn on a white noise machine to block out the noise.
Just to be clear, I don’t hate music. To the contrary, I love music. I play it in my car, or when I’m cooking or cleaning. I sing in the shower, and hum and whistle in the halls at work. I adore a movie with a fabulous soundtrack and will forgive plot holes as long as they are accompanied by brilliant tunes. But when it comes to doing something that requires mental power rather than physical dexterity, I find listening to music irritating as heck.
I suppose it’s just the way my brain is wired. I’m sound-sensitive, in general, with my worst torment being the unceasing beep-beep from a low-battery smoke detector. It doesn’t help that I’m married to a guy with significant hearing loss who is blithely unaware of how irritating such high-pitched, repetitive sounds are. AND who consistently cranks up the TV/radio to ear-shattering volumes. All this messes with my brainwaves and psyche, so that I can’t concentrate to save my life when I’m surrounded by noise. It’s only natural that no way am I listening to music when I write.
But despite all my protestations, in theory I do like the idea of a music playlist per book. And so, I have compiled one for my most recent Georgia B&B mystery, PEACHES AND SCHEMES, where innkeeper Nina Fleet rents a vendor booth at a bridal expo in hopes of drumming up wedding biz (murder, of course, ensuing). Maybe you can listen to these tunes while you’re reading my book (I know I won’t!).
• Georgia on my Mind by Ray Charles
• Chapel of Love by the Dixie Cups
• In My Life by The Beatles
• Who Let the Dogs Out? by Baha Men
• Every Rose has its Thorn by Poison
• Hawaiian Wedding Song by Don Ho
Do you listen to music while you work, or do you prefer silence? And what songs would be on your playlist for the most recent book you’ve read? Comment below by midnight Monday June 12 for a chance to win a mass market copy of Diane’s first Georgia B&B mystery PEACH CLOBBERED (written as Anna Gerard).
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