17 October 2012

J.F. Jenkins shares...

Please give a warm welcome to fellow Astraea Press author J.F. Jenkins.

Have you ever wondered what ifluences a writer while working on the book? I asked the author to share the driving influences for her while writing her latest book.  here is her response.  Thanks for sharing Jillian.

The Soundtrack:
Here are some songs that made my “Book Soundtrack”. Some have to do with a specific character, while others a certain moment or theme. The score would be a darker, new age, kind of feel too it, possibly done by Delerium of Juno Reactor. The other half of it represents the high school, young adult, aspects of the story and is more pop/dance in genre, which matches the story since the characters like to go out and do that often. Enjoy!
The Heroine (Cheyene's Song):
“Flowers Become Screens” - Delerium - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OibJ4F7xZJY
The Antagonist (Denver's Song):
“Pretty When you Cry” - VAST (explicit lyrics) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNkm-U3oRJY
The Ambiance (Score, Setting, Mood):  
“Terra Firma” - Delerium - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKUxE8UE7S0
“Silence” - Delerium featuring Sarah McLachlan - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5S8yU9e8Mg
“Conga Fury” - Juno Reactor - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5q4GGxDjTUQ
“Furious Angels” - Rob Dougan - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wdf3_YtwL8
The Romance (All pairings, not going to spoil it sorry!):  
“Chemicals React” - Aly and AJ - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgU3aLaJa-s
“Uninvited” - Alanis Morissette - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvgi7P97lu0
“Say OK” - Vanessa Hudgens - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjOEFMDC2P4
“Kings and Queens” - Luna Halo - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=no9wMzzqWR4
“Love Me, Love Me” - Big Time Rush - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjgc2wl_-a0
The Song That Plays When Everything Bad Happens:
Cheyenne Loveless was just a boring sixteen-year-old girl. Then Denver Collins bit her and everything changed. Her plants start talking to her, she finds out she’s a Nymph, and a witch and the angel of death show up at her doorstep to take her away to the prestigious Vala School and Seminary. Oh, and she has no choice in the matter. All she wants to do is blend in and return to being invisible, but the more time that passes, the harder that becomes. Plus she’s a daughter of the Divine, an exclusive secret society which rules the world of myth, and discovers she is a key ingredient to an ancient covenant created before she was born. A covenant that will reshape the order of the world. Adjusting to a new school is difficult enough, but adding on everyone else’s hidden agendas is the icing on the cake. Cheyenne must learn to see through the lies in order to find her place — and possibly even love — in this new world.
Her entire body tensed more as he moved in again, his face dangerously close to her neck. “I don’t mean to be rude, and while I’m flattered you’re so fascinated with my body, you’re also making me uncomfortable. If you’re just trying to butter me up so I’ll go home with you, you should stop now, because that’s not going to happen. Back off before I make you.”
He moved away once more with a smug smirk. “I thought I smelled fire, too.” He extended his hand to her for a polite and friendly handshake. “My name is Denver. Yes, like the city in Colorado. Last name is Collins, and I’m sorry if I made you uncomfortable. I don’t usually meet someone with that kind of scent. It’s strong. I knew there was a reason I noticed you.”
Is this guy high or something? “Apology accepted. I'ʹm  Cheyenne. I'ʹve seen you around school these past few weeks, but I  don'ʹt think we'ʹve ever been formally introduced until now. You'ʹre new, right?” Cheyenne shook his hand nervously. He had a strong and confident shake. He seemed to be a genuinely nice person, outside of his odd behaviors. If anything, it made her look good in front of her classmates to be talking to the new cool kid, and a young, attractive male. She felt a little less like a freak.
“I'ʹm temporary. I haven'ʹt been formally introduced to anyone. You'ʹre the first, and it'ʹs only because you smell so nice I can'ʹt stay away.”
“Do you use that line on everyone? It’s unique. A little creepy, but unique.”
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