Guest Post: Alexandria Bishop on writing inspiration


Today, the lovely Alexandria Bishop talks to us about where she finds her inspiration.

Whenever I write, I have to be listening to music. I created a playlist for my debut novel, Finding Flynn (Marlowe series #1), and I listened to it on repeat the entire time I was writing the first draft. Sometimes I’ll get the idea for the entire novel or just a scene from music.

I was listening to “Somewhere in Neverland” by All Time Low, I’m a ridiculously huge fan, and I got the basic idea for Finding Flynn. It just came to me and I sat down with pen and paper and started writing. Yes I’m kind of old school and I like to write down ideas using pen and paper, the majority of my writing is on the computer though. About an hour later, I had an entire chapter written. Funnily enough the first chapter I ever wrote happens to be the second chapter in my book.

I never know when inspiration will strike and with that being said, I never write in order. I could be listening to a song and come up with a scene that doesn’t fit anywhere yet but will later. It makes life interesting when I’m piecing it all together and making sure that I don’t have any plot holes. Plus it gives some extra work for my betas and editor 😉

On the other hand, when I edit I need the room to be completely silent. I can’t have any music playing or any kind of distraction. I pulled a lot of all-nighters while editing Finding Flynn. I found it really easy to sit there after everyone had gone to bed and concentrate on working through my edits.

Since Finding Flynn has been released, I’ve been hard working on the second novel in the series, Falling for Hudson. Hudson’s story already has a playlist as well and I’ve started the process all over again of having a list of songs to get sick of.

I actually have two playlists for Finding Flynn but the first one I listened to the most. In the book, Ashtyn creates the playlist because she’s having the Summer from Hell. Flynn finds out about her playlist and decides to remedy that. Here are both playlists.

Summer from Hell

“California” by Phantom Planet

“It’s the End of the World As We Know It” by R.E.M.

“Leaving Town” by Dexter Freebish

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana

“The Weight of Lies” by The Avett Brothers

“Therapy” by All Time Low

“Baba O’Reilly” by The Who

“We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister

“My Own Worst Enemy” by Lit

“Breakdown” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

“Behind Blue Eyes” by The Who

“I Would be Sad” by The Avett Brothers

“Last Resort” by Papa Roach

“For You” by Staind

“Rise Above” by Black Flag

“Riot Girl” by Good Charlotte

Somewhere Other than Hell

“Somewhere in Neverland (acoustic)” by All Time Low

“Won’t Go Home” by 3PM

“Kiss Me” by New Found Glory

“Here’s to the Night” by Eve 6

“Always Love” by Nada Surf

“If These Sheets were States” by All Time Low

“Have Faith in Me” by A Day to Remember

“Don’t Leave Me” by An Honest Year

“Somewhere in Neverland” by All Time Low

“Hey Thanks” by The Wonder Years

“Oh, It Is Love” by Hellogoodbye

“First Date” by Blink-182

Finding Flynn (Marlowe series #1)

EBookReleased July 26, 2013

Blurb:

Ashtyn Moretti is ready for the best summer of her life. But her parents have other plans when they drop the bomb that her perfect summer will be spent…

Away from home.

Away from friends.

Away from half her family.

Armed with her Summer from Hell playlist and a Kindle full of book boyfriends, Ashtyn prepares to face what she is sure will be the worst summer of her life. Or will it be?

Flynn James has one thing on his mind—the success of his band Marlowe. He’s focused and doesn’t have time for any distractions, and that includes facing his past. But then a petite brunette comes walking into the pub where he works.

Neither Ashtyn or Flynn were looking for love but they can’t deny their obvious attraction. Ashtyn’s summer has been full of lies. The last thing she expects is for Flynn to be one of the liars too. Can she forgive his lies and turn her summer around? Can Flynn keep his secrets without losing everything? Or will this really be the Summer from Hell?

Available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited http://amzn.to/1OxFfmB

About the Author

ProfileAlexandria Bishop is an Oregon girl and lives there with her husband, young daughter, and fur baby. She’s been a bookworm her entire life and always dreamed of becoming a writer but never thought it would be a reality. She thanks you for taking a chance on a newbie writer and giving her book a read.

Alexandria spends more time on social media than she would like to admit, come visit and say hi!

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2 Comments

  1. We have very similar writing processes. The scenes I usually write first are the ending scenes, although I am coming to a place in my current WIPS, where I had to start not sure how they will end. It’s been a little trying but also freeing, in a way.
    I like the cover of this book. I usually don’t go for the books with faces on the covers. I like to find those images in my head, but this one works. And the description sounds interesting. I’ll have to put it on my TR list.

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