Monday, March 26, 2012

Music: The Muse Behind Bleeding Hearts By Ash Krafton

 Give me some music; music, moody food
Of us that trade in love.
(Antony and Cleopatra, 2.5.1-2)

I love these words…"music, moody food"…because the sentiment perfectly describes the muse that led me through the pages of BLEEDING HEARTS: BOOK ONE OF THE DEMIMONDE.

My story is heavy with emotions—and well it should be, since it's the story of an empath whose sensitivities are developing into oracular proportions. There were challenges in writing the story because my main character needed to experience things I'd never had to express in words.

What's a writer to do?

Obey the muse, of course.
I've always had a passion for music. Mind, I have zero talent myself. I can't read music, I cannot play an instrument, and my son's first full sentence was "Mommy, stop singing." (I maintain I sound just like Geddy Lee when I'm alone in the car…but one single passenger wrecks the acoustics and destroys the effect. Sadly, the world will never know.)

My ears and my heart, however, were perfectly attuned and I fed on music. I nurtured the wounds of adolescence and nudged my weak-kneed heart to its feet after each high school heartbreak with music. Rush, the Scorpions, Bon Jovi, Neil Diamond…didn't matter. They all played songs that spoke to me, inspired me, soothed me.

I never outgrew my hunger for emotional music. As an adult I found My Chemical Romance, Type O Negative, Nanci Griffith, and—my favorite—Lacuna Coil.

Lacuna Coil are an Italian gothic band I first heard when they opened for Type O Negative in 2003, I believe. I was stunned by the melodious qualities of the duo vocalists against the keys and guitar. Moody food, indeed!

The next morning, despite a thick fuzzy head from the great quantities of Bacardi mixers consumed the night before, I stopped at a record store and bought the CD Comalies, listening to that swirl of rapture all morning.

The songs spoke of longing and separation and the agonies of love—things I haven't experience since I was an angsty teen—and I realized I found my elusive muse at last. Songs like "Entwined" and "The Ghost Woman and the Hunter" supplied the emotion my character needed and my story surged along, renewed by the beauty and the grace of my musical muse.

Lacuna Coil have since progressed to become a kick-ass symbol of all things urban fantasy—fortunate for me, no doubt, as I have lots of urban fantasy inside me just begging to claw its way out. When it does, my muse will be waiting for it.

Check out a few of Lacuna Coil's videos and meet my muse…
 Heaven's A Lie 

And more at their website

About the Author:

Ash Krafton's writing credits include stories published in Absent Willow Review, Silver Blade, and Bête Noire. Several of her poems have been published, as well, one of which was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She is a member of Pennwriters, RWA, and SFPA and is co-editor of the Query Tracker blog.

BLEEDING HEARTS won grand prize in the Maryland Writers' Association 2008 competition and has since won several other national novel writing contests, including achievement of finalist rankings in six Romance Writers of America competitions. A sequel, BLOOD RUSH, is nearing completion and a follow-up, WOLF'S BANE, is underway.
She resides in the heart of the Pennsylvania coal region with her family and their bossy German Shepherd dog.

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