10 Songs That Inspired My Dystopian Novel (10)


Hi Folks

My name is Debbie Civil, and music inspires me. In fact, some of my books wouldn’t have come to be without certain melodies. Music is such an important aspect of the creative process that I create play lists on my iPhone for each series. I thought that it would be fun to tell you guys about ten of the songs that shaped my novel “The Glorious Installment.”


Enly Saint Claire is fortunate. She attends an elite academy, is the heir to a billion-dollar fortune, and is betrothed to the future Lord Regent of the Great Plains. But what she desires most is her half-brother Jonah’s freedom. Jonah has been enslaved because of his mother’s mistakes. Enly plans to free Jonah when she becomes a lady regent. That plan backfires when her betrothed decides to marry someone else. Now Enly will do anything to free her half-brother, even if it means rejecting the love of her life.

Talking To The Moon” By Bruno Mars

     “You’ve got to hear this song!” a friend of mine insisted.  I was lying on the couch, my back aching.  I was longing for the soft mattress that I adored.  But my room was going through a noisy, but necessary renovation.

     “I guess,” I said, noncommittally.

     “No seriously! Bruno Mars’ whole Album is awesome!” I trusted my friend’s opinion, since I had loved his first couple of singles.  If I was being honest, I had slept on Bruno Mars, for the first couple of years.  Until this day, I couldn’t say why.  Anyways, I opened my laptop and searched for “Talking To the Moon” by Bruno Mars.  With my ear buds on, I listened to the first couple of notes, and my imagination went wild.

     At first I imagined a snowy landscape.  Now, I have no idea why the melody made me think of a snowy landscape.  Sometimes my inspiration comes because of a vibe to a song.

By the Second verse, I pictured a woman desperately waiting for her love to come back from war.  Then, by the end, I wondered if the soldier that my distraught female character was longing for was really worth it.  In Debbie fashion, I replayed the song twenty times, until an outline for a couple of chapters formed in my head. It’s important to remember, that the version of my book that I published took years to shape.  In this early stage, I had decided to call the female character Enly, since I dreamed of someone with that name the night before.  I also determined that she lived in a different time, where she was limited somehow.  Her love was some soldier who she had been counting on marrying, so that she could be elevated.

You would only have to read the summery to know that I did use that general idea. But thankfully, I made Enly more selfless, her ambition to free her brother. Check out tomorrow’s blog if you want to know what song inspired that twist.

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