I always make a play list when I write. I am very music driven. Sometimes I loop a song as I write a scene, or if I want to recapture feelings a character has for another, I’ll listen to a bunch of songs that remind me of that one. I’m sure there are a lot of Authors and writers that write like that. So the Ocean was no different for me. The Ocean is so near my heart because I began writing it as a teenager. It’s definitely not the same animal that it began as, though. Names changed, plot lines rooted and grew, but the main story stayed the same.
There were some I chose for obvious reasons,Beyonce’s Dangerously In Loveisn’t only one of my go-to songs but it is Gia’s favorite song. Travis’ favorite isSimple man by Lynard Skinnard. David Cook’s Permanentwas written for his brother struggle with cancer, it has such a beautiful message of love. The acoustic version of Hero/HeroinebyBoys Like Girls, is beautiful. I am partial to any version of a song that is acoustic, and really, if I’m being honest anyBoys Like Girls song. They always end up on my playlists. When I wrote the scenes for Travis and Gia as they fell in love, I played a few song songs. Feels Like TonightbyDaughtry,John Mayer’s Freefalling(which is one of my ultimate faves),Stars and Boulevards by Augustana,On Fire by Switchfoot andI’m YoursbyThe Script. They are all such romantic songs.
The conflict songs were a little harder to come by, I choseJesse McCartney’s It’s Over,Dancing With Tears In My Eyes byKesha, andDon’t Speak LiarbyWe The Kings. I’m generally not one for conflict so I really dug deep to make these scenes work.
***I hope this give you a little insight to Travis and Gianna.***