Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Introducing YA author Louise D Gornall

Louise D Gornall's YA gargoyle romance novel IN STONE has already received a dozen of rave reviews and it's only been out for two weeks! I invited Louise to YAtopia today to tell us all about the soundtrack for In Stone and how important music was to writing process.

Beau Bailey is suffering from a post-break-up meltdown when she 
happens across a knife in her local park and takes it home. Less than a week later, the new boy in school has her trapped in an alley; he’s sprouted horns and is going to kill Beau unless she hands over the knife. 

Until Eighteenth-century gargoyle, Jack, shows up to save her.

Jack has woken from a century-long slumber to tell Beau that she’s unwittingly been drafted into a power struggle between two 
immortal races: Demons and Gargoyles. The knife is the only one in existence capable of killing immortals and they’ll tear the world apart to get it back. To draw the warring immortals away from her home, Beau goes with Jack in search of the mind-bending realm known as the Underworld, a place where they’ll hopefully be able to destroy the knife and prevent all hell from breaking loose. That is, provided they can outrun the demons chasing them.

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Take it away Louise...

The soundtrack to In Stone 
by Louise D Gornall

I don’t even know where to start with this post. I guess if you follow me on Twitter you already know that my music taste is eclectic. On account of my disability and the fear of being crushed to death, I’ve only ever been to one music concert in my life and that was a Jonas Brothers gig. It was awesome. Then just yesterday I was listening to -- and loving -- Korn beat the crap out of their instruments and scream maggot-rock down their microphones...so that’s the sort of scope we’re dealing with here. Basically, I listen to everything when I write, except dance music. Nothing against dance music or the folks that listen to it, I just can’t get into it myself. 

There’s been a couple of times during my blog tour when I’ve been asked to name one song that best describes my book. This question is hard. Not just because I have to give it some serious thought, but because I wrote every new chapter to something different. So whereas Radioactive by Imagine Dragons might be the best song to describe a fight scene, it doesn’t represent a kissing scene in quite the same way, you know? And then, as well as having one song that represents each chapter -- often paragraph -- I gave my characters their own individual soundtracks too, so my book is basically defined by one giant music mash-up. 
As a teen of the 70s, my dad is a big time rock music enthusiast. Both my parents are. My house has always been filled with the sounds of Jimi Hendrix, Queen, T-Rex, Bowie... The classic rock music list is limitless, really. But I can tell you that all these guys had a hand in creating In Stone at some point. 

If you’ve read the book you might have noticed that I’ve got a bit of a crush on metaphors. I’m not a fan of clich├ęs, and I like to play around with words. Some songs were awesome in helping me expand my vocab and offering imagery that you might say was a little outside the box. Anything by Alanis Morissette, Rolling Stones, Joan as Policewoman and Regina Spektor got me to think about words and how to twist them to paint vivid pictures. 

I’m not great at writing romance, better than I was, but still not brilliant. Credit for the feeling and atmosphere that went into any romantic clinches in this story has to go to, Christina Perri, Bon Iver, Ben Howard, Eva Cassidy, Evanescence, Paolo Nutini and A Fine Frenzy. My Immortal by Evanescence haunted me from chapter twenty-three to chapter twenty-five. And now, as I start work on the second book, it’s back! It’s such a chilling song and sets an amazing tone. Not quite rock, not quite classical...I love that!     
Let me see... bands that helped me increase the pace of a scene. When Beau or Jack were fighting or running I needed something fast to work to. Girl in a Coma, Ramones, Paramore, Mad Marge and the Stonecutters, The Smiths, Muse, Suzi Quatro and the Arctic Monkeys are all responsible for the pace I set in the angsty/ragged/intense scenes of my story.  
On the opposite scale, when I needed something calmer for transition scenes, Bach, Andrea Bocelli, Coldplay, Editors, Jimmy Eat World, Adele, Ellie Goulding and Snow Patrol helped me to slow the pace right down.

I think that’s everything. Maybe. If I’ve achieved nothing else here, I definitely win the award for most musicians mentioned in a blog post, right? I was going to write down individual song titles, but we’d have been here till Christmas. So this is my list. Let me know if I’ve not mentioned a band that no writer should write without. 

Massive thanks Suzanne for having me over to talk music! -absolute pleasure!

Louise is a graduate of Garstang Community Academy. She is currently studying for a BA (Hons) in English language and literature with special emphasis on creative writing. YA aficionado. Brit bird. Film nerd. Identical twin. Junk food enthusiast. Rumored pink Power Ranger. Zombie apocalypse 2012 survivor. She is also an avid collector of book boyfriends.

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  1. This sounds like a really fun book! Thanks :)

  2. What an interesting premise! Very fresh.
    Thanks for the heads up!
    ~Just Jill