I’ve been asked many times if there is anything that helps or inspires me to write. That answer is easy. Music. I love all types of music and learned in the early stages of my writing that melodies put me in the mood to write. They also allow me to draw into what a character may be feeling during a particular scene. As I listen to the strums of a guitar or the fingers glide across the ivory keys of a piano, I begin to see, touch, and feel my characters emotions from a deeper, richer viewpoint.
It didn’t take long for me establish a playlist for each of my stories. I found myself listening to the same tunes over and over again while on the treadmill every morning (part of my routine before I start my day off). I got tired of scrolling around on my iPod to the last played Iist, so I decided to create my soundtrack for each scene/chapter so I could access them easily for daily inspiration.
The downside to this is every time I hear a song from my playlist on the radio, I can’t stop thinking about that scene or chapter from one of my stories. On a positive note, a conversation or thought from one of my characters has hit me from time to time when one of these songs popped up on the radio. I can’t complain about that if it makes the scene better. So for now, I’ll keep writing to the beat of the music and looking for that next song to help inspire that breath-taking, burst out in laughter, tear jerking, or adrenaline rushing scene.
Here’s my playlist for Element, Part 1:
“We Are Never Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift
“Wide Away” by Katy Perry
“Need In Me” by Danny Dove and Steve Smart featuring Amanda Wilson
“Hot Summer Night” by Dave Tavarè
“Call Me Maybe” by Here’s My Number
“Every Word” by Ercola featuring Daniella
“What A Feeling” by Alex Gaudino
“I’m In” by Keith Urban
“She’s Everything” by Brad Paisley
“When Love Takes Over” by David Guetta featuring Kelly Rowland
“Free” by Zac Brown Band
“Love You Like A Love Song” by Selena Gomez and The Scene
“Getting’ You Home” by Chris Young
“I Can’t Help Myself” by Bellatrax featuring Sophia May
“Where Have You Been” by Rihanna
“Evacuate The Dancefloor” by Cascada
“Nobody Wants To Be Lonely” by Ricky Martin
“Elements of Life” by Tiesto
“Restlessness” by Bastien Laval featuring Layla
“Everytime We Touch” by David Guetta & Chris Willis with Steve Angello & Sebastian Ingrosso
I had mixed feelings about this novella. First, the book is first and foremost a Young Adult Romance and SciFi is a far second. Most of the story revolves around the budding relationship of Natalie and Ryan. While I was definitely engaged in their romance and I was enthralled by their plight, I think I was expecting a little more freaky stuff.
That being said, I suspect the next part in the series will have a great deal more freaky stuff. Sadly, like many of the novellas I've read, especially ones broadcasting they'll part of a series like this one, I felt a lack of closure.
I loved the dream sequences most of all. But I guess I have a thing for dream sequences because you can stretch the limits of reality even beyond the limits of your story. I also loved the part where they're dancing and he's singing "Getting you home" by Chris Young (which is a song, by the way, I really like). All I was thinking was that it was probably not the most apropos song when they intend to wait till marriage.
I was a little frustrated with Natalie and her whole I don't want to get hurt again thing. I get being hurt and being afraid of getting hurt again. I don't get taking a single experience and extrapolating it consciously to the entire male population. This bugged me throughout the story and made me want to yell at her to get over herself.
I really enjoyed the last ¼ of the book and the ending was great. It took a while for the story to really build. The author gives you bits and pieces and clues, but unfortunately it has more than one part and you only get the first part with this book.
Now, onto a few of my pet peeves. I'm not overly fond of reviewing ARC copies, as this one was. I'm never certain what will be removed from the finalized printing and what was, in fact, a mistake. Why doesn't she put up a fuss when he suggests adding a class in May when they had their schedules finalized in April? And, I don't know about you, but when I hit someone really skinny, I go down. No muscle and no fat means you contact directly with bone... which is very painful. Last time I did it, I was on the floor for ten minutes trying to regain the ability to walk.
All in all, if you enjoy a good YA Romance with just a dash of weird, I think you'll enjoy the book. It's sweet and angsty. There's danger and suspense and shady dealings. It really picks up around 3/4 the way through the book. I found myself really wanting the two to get together and really frustrated as their pasts and presents kept clashing and keeping them apart. Looking forward to Part II.
CM Doporto lives in the great state of Texas with her husband and son enjoying life with their extensive family along with their Chihuahua, Mexican Redhead Parrot and several fish.
She writes Young Adult and New Adult Sci-Fi/Urban Fantasy stories about ordinary women who do extraordinary things, become a heroine, and find love along the way.