“I’m Just The Messenger”

One of the most useful tools I found for writing (for me at least), is designing a “soundtrack.”  It may sound like a given to some, but I’ve found that finding the right music can be difficult — so I turned to movie scores.  Now, I a complete addict to what people are apparently calling, “score pop.”  I think in a lot of ways, you could consider most movie scores to be the modern day equivalent of classical music, but we perceive as being very disposable.  I seriously doubt, however, that Mozart had any idea how his music would persevere.  Sometimes film scores can endure well beyond their perceived shelf life (think Star Wars, Jaws, even theLord of the Rings score).

For Kings, my soundtrack was primarily the score from Batman Begins, along with some Transformers and Prince of Persia (I didn’t say they had to be good movies, per se).  I gravitated towards these scores because of the visuals they helped me conjure, and helped me truly evoke the tone I desired for the book.  I leaned heavily on the Batman score.  In fact, each song on the album corresponds to one or more scenes in the book.  It was that influential.

Pride is no different, only the scores.  My go-to right now is the score from Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and to a lesser degree, The Dark Knight Rises.  The draw for me to these two, is that they are equal parts heroic, tragic, and ominous.  I find both also to be much darker than their predecessors, which should give you some sense as to where Pride is headed (“I’m Just The Messenger” is from Dark of the Moon, and is my current working anthem).

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  • About the Author

    T.M. Lennon currently lives in North Carolina. His passion for science-fiction and fantasy was influenced by Star Wars in 1977 and The Lord of the Rings novels, which he read at an early age. He created the world of Eörlond in his teens for a fantasy role-playing game, and it has grown ever since.

    The one-time a soldier, systems engineer, and software developer, now adds author to his list of credentials. He continues to work during the day as an information technology consultant, but spends his precious little free time evolving the land of Eörlond and its inhabitants in front of his trusty laptop.