Friday, May 10, 2013
Going to Key West (Using Music-2)
Litte Fire is my first novel to be set completely outside somewhere I have actually lived. The novel is essentially a road novel with the majority of the action set in Key West, Florida. Since the book is about a man from rural Tennessee who has kidnapped his child and is on the run, he feels like Key West is the most exotic yet reachable place for him. While writing the novel I was lucky to have help from friends like Annie Dillard, a resident of Key West, and the Studios of Key West, which offers lodging for artists. I came to know Key West very well, spending a lot of time there not as a tourist but experiencing it through the eyes of my main characters, who were on the run and found it to be their strange new home. One of the things that absolutely helped to put me there was choosing music that not only talked about the ocean but also songs that made me feel as if I was in Key West, even when I was back home in Kentucky, conjuring it while I tapped away on my laptop. Here are a couple of the songs that helped put me there the best.