Music to Write Books By – Ruth Frances Long

71wi9cglbl-_sy600_Today on Crimepieces, I have Ruth Frances Long. Ruth writes dark young adult fantasy, often about scary fairies, such as The Treachery of Beautiful Things, A Crack in EverythingA Hollow in the Hills and the newly released A Darkness at the End.  As R. F. Long, she also writes fantasy and paranormal romance.

She lives in Wicklow and works in a specialized library of rare, 31282409unusual & occasionally crazy books. In 2015 she won the European Science Fiction Society Spirit of Dedication Award for Best Author of Children’s Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Hi Ruth, do you have particular pieces of music you write to?

I don’t have specific pieces but I often use film soundtracks. I love the emotion and energy they convey, the different moods the various pieces evoke. I am slightly obsessed with movies and the way they use music so you’ll see a very strong theme in my answers. For example I particularly like the How to Tame Your Dragon soundtracks by John Powell. I love the differences between the soundtracks for the first and second films, the contrast of orchestral in the first and choral in the second and the way various themes repeat and are developed throughout.

Has a particular piece of music ever inspired you to write something?

Music always inspires me and I often find a particular piece of music which ties in with my books, and with my characters. For example I always loved the song The Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkle but when I heard the version by The Disturbed it tied in perfectly with everything about A Darkness at the End, the final book in my Dubh Linn trilogy – right down to the voice and the arrangement. It’s so sinister and powerful and speaks to many of the conflicts my characters encounter. So the two married together.

Could you recommend any particular pieces of music for a specific mood ?

If I want to write something really swashbuckling and exciting I love the tracks called Surfing and Heroics from the soundtrack of Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas by Harry Gregson-Williams. I generally run a few tracks together here or let the whole soundtrack run on. It’s fabulous stuff. Really uplifting and thrilling.

Are there any longer pieces you can recommend. If you need to write for an hour, for example, is there a particular composer/artist you’d chose?

Again I am back to the soundtracks – John Powell, Dario Marianelli, John Williams (of course), and Howard Shore. For an especially long session I would choose something like the Lord of the Rings soundtrack (all of it – hours and hours of wonderful music), or create a playlist mixing all of them together.

What are you working on at the moment?

I am about to start back into work on edits of a Space Opera so there will be plenty of swashbuckling and adventurous music – all the above of course. But I’m leaning towards Michael Giacchino this time. (Jupiter Ascending, Star Trek, John Carter).

Thanks, Ruth for taking part in this series and good luck with the writing. Ruth’s social media links can be found below.

4 thoughts on “Music to Write Books By – Ruth Frances Long

  1. Margot Kinberg

    I really like all of these soundtracks! Sometimes I think we overlook some excellent music because of not listening to soundtracks when we’re not watching the film. Thanks for sharing this, both, and I wish you much success.


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