Guest Blogger & Giveaway: Julie Campbell

I am genuinely excited to present my guest to you, today: Julie and I go way back, back to my earliest days on LiveJournal. I’m thrilled to see her publish her first YA full-length novel (she writes other stuff, too!) as an ebook. I can actually recommend it, too, as a fun and fast-paced read – I was allowed to read an earlier version a long time ago. 😉 I can’t wait to buy my own copy of Senior Year Bites to see what might have changed…

Please welcome, Julie Campbell! (And stick around for a giveaway at the end.)

Julie (and friend)


First off I want to thank Kaz for having me here today. She’s a super awesome person and writer and I’m honored to be on her blog.

I know people have blogged about music and writing a lot, but I had an interesting conversation with a coworker and it sparked this post. Music is a powerful thing, it can provoke memories long forgotten, make people laugh or cry or inspire them to write.

I’ve read that a lot of people create soundtracks for their novels. I’ve never done this. Until recently I never even really knew who sang most of my favorite songs. The radio in my truck has changed that quite a bit. It tells me the names of the artists and titles of the song, and that’s pretty cool. As long as I can remember it. See, I’m terrible with names… that’s a digression though. Before said cool radio, I was lucky if I would remember to Google search once I got home.

That’s not to say I don’t love music. I have an ipod I play all the time while I’m writing, though I haven’t updated the play list in six months.

On to the interesting conversation: One of my coworkers listens to classical music while he dispatches. I finally asked him why. Not that his music is bad, it’s just that he’s younger than I am, and I don’t usually associate that type of music with his age group. He told me that, one he likes it (totally fair) and two he can’t listen to music with words while he’s writing, reading, working, etc.

I thought that was really strange. Apparently he’s not good at tuning out the words. We chatted for a little bit, then I remembered something. When I first started writing, I always listened to soundtracks – for that very reason. Sometime over the last several years I’ve developed the ability to tune out the words and just have the rock, country or industrial music jazz me along. But I used to listen to the Robin Hood and other sound tracks almost non-stop. That memory surprised me. I wonder what changed.

As a side note, I don’t create soundtracks, but I do have a couple of bands that, if I’m really stuck with writing, I’ll pull out and they always work. The big one is Earshot. Their song, Get Away, is the theme song for one of my favorite characters. (The character came before the song. I heard the song on the radio and was like, hey that’s Kat!) It never fails to inspire me to write. Unfortunately when I catch it on the radio, usually when I’m out driving, it inspires me then too. Alas, driving and writing are mutually exclusive activities.

How about you? Do you have any specific songs that really get you in the groove or are you a soundtrack-for-each-novel sort of person? If you’re not a writer, what does music inspire in you?

Leave a comment for a chance to win an ecopy of my debut novel Senior Year Bites. Please let us know what format you would like (Nook, Kindle, Epub, pdf, etc). Contest is open until the end of the day Monday, July 18th and is open to everyone. Kaz will announce the winner here on her blog soon after.

Author Bio:
Julie writes fantasy novels. When she’s not out riding her horse, she can usually be found sitting in front of her computer with a cat on her lap and her dog at her side.

Senior Year Bites

Fight supernatural crime, it’s what superheroes do. Only I’m a vampire, not a superhero. That hasn’t deterred my best friend Steph though, so while I’m trying to survive my last year of high school as a blood-sucking non-hero, she’s dragging me and our other friend around looking for crime. But there isn’t any – at least, not until the murders start…



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18 Responses to Guest Blogger & Giveaway: Julie Campbell

  1. Ooh I’ve been waiting for this for a while now.
    I love the books Decadent release (I’m one of them now but that’s not meant to be arrogant LOL), they’re a great publisher.

  2. T. Crosby says:

    Karen – love your header here, it’s really awesome. 🙂

    Julie – I never listen to music when I write, I have enough sound spinning inside my head as it is. 😉

    • Firewolf says:

      Very cool Tammy. It’s always interesting to hear other people’s writing processes. A lot of times I have the music going to distract that part of my brain that is easily distracted by things like twitter. lol.


    • Kaz says:

      Tammy, you’ve reminded me that I really need to post some kind of link to the person who actually MADE it for me! 🙂

  3. Firewolf says:

    Kaz, it’s so great to be here today. Thank you so much, and thank you for your kind words. 🙂


  4. Interesting post. I feel like I “should” listen to music when I write, but I never do. But then I’ll hear a song out in the world, and it will remind me of a scene in my book. Go figure.

  5. Laura says:

    That looks like such a cool book.

    *mental note to mark as to-read*

    When I write, I listen to whatever comes onto my ipod(which is mainly filled with bands like Linkin Park, owl city, evanescence, green day, the script, snow patrol) and sometimes it works exactly with what I’m writing(mood-wise) other times it doesn’t, but that makes me think about what I don’t want said scene to be like.

  6. Hello! Great blog, Julie. I usually listen to music when I write – it helps me to block out the real world and to focus on the made-up one ;o)

  7. Jessica S. says:

    Haven’t heard of this publisher, but the book definitely caught my attention from cover to description! Would love to read a copy and post the review on my blog!!

  8. Karen Keyte says:

    Music has a power, doesn’t it. I’m 48 and I can still remember what songs were playing at certain key moments of my life.

    I’d love to read Julie’s book on my Kindle 🙂

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