November 19, 2013

making the band

In "Twelve Drummers Drumming," the romantic holiday short in Merry & Bright, Autumn is newly married to Tuck, the drummer of the chart-topping band Rolling Mountain.

I'd actually written the first two scenes before I decided on a name for Tuck's band. I put BAND NAME until I could figure out what I should use. Then, serendipitously one of my writer friends Anna Garner (aka Libby Mercer) posted a band name generator on a Facebook writing group wall.

Band Name Maker will come up with a name out of nowhere. Or, if you like, you can enter a word (or name, I imagine) to shape the title. Fresh from my trip to Breckenridge, I entered "mountain" and clicked "Generate Band Names."

A whole list of results appeared, but right away one stuck out to me: Rolling Mountain. Dear Lord, it was beautiful. It fit the sound I wanted for the band perfectly. I imagined the Colorado-based band to have a folksy, rocking sound as evidenced by the music I was listening to at the time.

Like Mumford & Sons:

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Or The Lumineers (minus having a lady):

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I liked these guys for my band inspiration, because I knew I didn't want this story to be about hard core rock and rollers. And I liked that some of the band members could have beards from time to time. I know this was only supposed to be a short story, but already I was starting to think this could pan out into more stories. I already have the starts of a book featuring the band in the works, so we'll see what happens with that.

Anyway, knowing the name of the band and their style helped me shape the characters. If they were into this kind of music, this is how I'd imagined they'd be in real life.

Tomorrow, I'll be back to share some of the songs I listened to for inspiration as I wrote and edited this novelette, so be sure to check it out.

About the Book
Sip your eggnog, linger under the mistletoe, and make a Christmas wish. Merry & Bright brings you six tales of Christmas cheer, featuring stories of budding romances, Southern charm, lost loves, heaps of humor, and lots of pie by authors Isabella Louise Anderson, Cindy Arora, Laura Chapman, Lauren Clark, Libby Mercer, and Nancy Scrofano. From sunny Los Angeles to the Rocky Mountains to the Deep South, Merry & Bright will take you on a heartwarming adventure you'll love to visit again and again. Wrap yourself in holiday mirth and prepare to be swept off your feet.
Merry & Bright, featuring "Twelve Drummers Drumming" is available from Simon & Fig. Add to Goodreads. Buy it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Kobo.

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  1. The band name definitely works! Good to know about that name generator (isn't that Libby Mercer so smart?).

    1. I was smitten with that name as soon as I saw it! I was like, yeah, my band is Rolling Mountain. And yes, Libby is the best. :)