Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Soundtrack of Our Lives with Casea Major

Guest Post - The Soundtrack of our lives by Casea Major

I was asked once would you rather become blind or deaf. It's or horrible thought either way, but in that moment I knew I really didn't want to live without music.
I don't know about you, but music is an integral part of my life. I mark life-changing events by the songs that were popular on the radio. My first date, prom, wedding, births of my children, even the deaths of people close to me are marked in my memory with song.
All it takes is for a particular tune to play on the radio and my memory immediately transports me. More than any other sense—except maybe smell—hearing can take me to another time and place.
So is it any wonder that I get my chief inspiration from music. There are times when a song captures my attention and a whole story forms in my mind.
All my stories have extensive playlists. Generally, the songs I select capture an emotion I want to convey in a particular character or scene.
Here are my three current releases and the theme song for each couple.
Night with a DomMoves Like Jaggar, by Maroon 5
One Knight in BrooklynTomorrow, by Chris Young
Pinocchio SyndromeKiss A Girl, Keith Urban

So tell me – What songs inspire you?

Major Love ~~~ Major Romance
Prior to becoming a writer of romantic fiction, Casea Major worked in the legal field for a non-profit dispute resolution company for ten years.  She is now a full-time mom to three preschool children with whom she and her husband live happily...most of the time.  When she isn't chained to her laptop, she enjoys Cary Grant movies and crocheting.

Melody Manning’s workaholic ambition, coupled with a slave-driving former boss, has made her the youngest market analyst in her firm. It’s also killed her personal life, including losing her fiancĂ©. When she receives a message from him on New Year’s Eve announcing his engagement to another woman, Mel loses it. Her new, more compassionate boss has the perfect solution for her—get laid. Good and laid.
At his suggestion, she signs up with the 1Night Stand service, listing her deepest sexual desires on the application.  A speedy response from Madame Eve has Melody on her way to Sonoma Valley wine country and a one-night stand with a mysterious Dom.
The sexy, masked Master promises to get to the bottom of her guilt and provide ultimate satisfaction under the safety of his stern hand. After an emotional night of submission and uninhibited passion, will her lover’s unmasking lead to the end of their encounter or give Mel another chance at love?

Casea is giving away a copy of her novella, One Night in Brooklyn, to a commenter.Be sure to leave an email address so we can get a hold of you!


  1. Thanks for having me, Carrie Ann!

  2. I will have to try this...never made a playlist when I write. I listen to music...but I have never stopped to make a playlist. Great post!


  3. I love to write to music! I have different playlist for each book. Music inspires me to write. Great post!

  4. I'd rather lose my hearing than my sight. I'm partially deaf in my right ear now, and to lose my sight would be devastatin.

    I love old rock and old country. Vince Gill, Reba, Garth...going back to the 70's like Tanya Tucker. Anything classic in rock. I loathe rap and hip hop. Don't make tracks for my books. Just whatever is on.

  5. You know I'm always inspired to write by the songs I hear. The longest play list I have is for 7 Days of Seduction, which was inspired by Katy Perry's Last Friday Night. I think there's a total of about 5 songs that made me think about that story. Of course I can't listen to anything when I'm writing, but when I drive in the car and one of the songs comes on, I immediately start thinking about the story connected to it.

    Loved your post, Casea. Loved Dom too! I've got Knight, so you don't need to put me in your hat. :)

  6. Can't listen to music - have a bit of a dance background and I end up choreographing routines to the songs rather than writing words on laptop.

    But if I need to settle my head so I can focus - Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. It is the most passionate and sad love song.

    But still a cool post.

  7. I can't listen to music when writing. But there are songs that have inspired scenes in my stories.
    But my taste in tunes tends to be more on the heavy side--heavy metal. Is it still called that now?

    1. Brenda - I can't actually listen and write at the same time but I listen before and after. And have been known to abscond a line or two. Shhh....

  8. While I love music, I think I would rather lose my hearing than my sight. But i want to keep both until I die!

    I don't have playlists, per se, but I do listen to music while I write--at least until it becomes more of an annoyance than a motivator.

    Right now most anything by P!nk allows me to hear Maggie, my heroine, loud and clear.

  9. It's mandatory I have music on while writing! Love some very mellow electronic music personally. Nice post!

  10. I don't listen to music when I write, but I know a lot of writers do. I'm just the odd ball.

  11. I can't have music on either. Its too distracting. That said, when I do write at home, I have the tv on as white noise. I hate SpongeBob. Just saying...

    Perfect songs for your couples. :)


  12. Very nice post. I like songs by Adele.


  13. I usually have music playing that matches the type of story I'm reading. I like the background sound. I don't write but I love when an author has a playlist that goes with their book. I usually end up finding great song's I've never heard before.