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Novel Playlists

Posted by Deanna Frances on October 20, 2013 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

If you've ever attended one of my events, you know that when I write, I enjoy listening to music. It not only inspires me to keep writing, but it entertains me while I write. :) 

While writing, I like to see my novel as if it were to become a movie. If I hear a song that really inspires me to write a particicular chapter or book, I will most likely think of that song as if it would be playing in the movie based off of my book.

I've had a few fans ask if I would put these songs in a playlist on my blog, so here I am! I have listed the songs according to which novel they remind me of...


*"Taking Chances" Playlist (also includes books #2, #3, and #4 in the "Taking Chances" series)

1. "Taking Chances" by Celine Dion

2. "This Time" by Celine Dion

3. "Shadow of Love" by Celine Dion

4. "Surprise, Surprise" by Celine Dion

5. "A World to Believe In" by Celine Dion

6. "You and I" by Michael Buble

7. "New Dawn" by Celine Dion

8. "Try a Little Tenderness" by Michael Buble

9. "You Don't Know Me" by Michael Buble

10. "Can't Buy Me Love" by Michael Buble

11. "Summer Wind" by Michael Buble

12. Michael Buble- Christmas Album


*"WWII Novel Playlist" (This is my first untitled novel)

1. "Age of Discovery" by Immediate Music

2. "Oratio Sanctus" by Immediate Music


*"Letters to the Editor" Playlist

1. "Emergency" by Paramore

2. "Dark Blue" by Jack's Mannequin

3. "The Mixed Tape" by Jack's Mannequin

4. "Brick by Boring Brick" by Paramore

5. "Misguided Ghosts" by Paramore

6. "That's What You Get" by Paramore

7. "Misery Business" by Paramore

8. "Fences" by Paramore

9. "Everywhere" by Michelle Branch


*"Untitled Novel #2 (A YA/College Novel)" Playlist

1. "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons

2. "Say Hey (I love you)" by Michael Franti and Spearhead

3. "Dog Days Are Over" by Florence and the Machine

4. "Dance Again" by Jennifer Lopez

5. "Good Life" by OneRepublic


*"Jefferson High" Playlist

1. "Fall For You" by Secondhand Serenade

2. "Dark Forces" by Dan Popplewell


*"Mason Manor" Playlist

1. "March for the Prince of Wales" by Burning River Brass

2. "In Praise of Gentle Pioneers" by Holsinger

3. "First Love" Soundtrack by Yiruma


*"Imperfect" Playlist

1. "If You Only Knew" by Savannah

2. "She Will Be Loved" by Maroon 5

3. "Misery" by Maroon 5

4. "Fireflies" by Owl City


*"Untitled Novel #2 (NYC Novel)" Playlist

1. "Seventeen Forever" by Metro Station

2. "Never Gonna Leave This Bed" by Maroon 5

3. "Won't Go Home Without You" by Maroon 5

4. "One More Night" by Maroon 5

5. "Love Somebody" by Maroon 5

6. "Mambo No. 5" by Lou Bega

7. "You Found Me" by The Fray


*"Untitled Novel #3 (Memoir)" Playlist

1. "Someone Somewhere Tonight" by Kellie Pickler

2. "Country Girl (Shake it For Me)" by Luke Bryan

3. "Fastest Girl in Town" by Miranda Lambert

4. "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri

5. "Every Moment" by Joy Williams

6. "Strip Me" by Natasha Bedingfield


*"The King's Keeper" Playlist

1. "Prometheus Rising" by Immediate Music

2. "The Reluctant Warrior" by Immediate Music

3. "Serenata Immortale" by Immediate Music

4. "Generations" by Immediate Music

5. "Fides en Lucius Dei" by Immediate Music


*"Music Speaks" Playlist

1. "Piano" Soundtrack by "Piano"


*"Untitled Novel #4 (L.E.O. Novel)" Playlist

1. "Bedroom Hymns" by Florence and the Machine


Summer Reading List

Posted by Deanna Frances on May 16, 2013 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Good morning!

One of my favorite things to do over the summer is read! I love spending time reading new books (and of course, watching the films based on the books) :) 

Reading makes me a better writer, and makes me happy :)

Take a look at my summer reading list for this year! Do you have a summer reading list? Comment your favorite books to this post, and I might read them this summer!

Deanna's Summer Reading List

-"The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald (re-reading this because of the movie! :)) 

-"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky

-"Wideacre" by Phillipa Gregory 

-"The Next Always" by Nora Roberts

-"The Last Boyfriend" by Nora Roberts

-"The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight" by Jennifer E. Smith

This is it for right now, but I'm sure it will grow :) 

The Writing Process

Posted by Deanna Frances on April 18, 2013 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello! Take a look at this column I wrote for The Northern Star about the writing process! 

(Column taken from The Northern Star, 4/17/13) 


"Most of the time, if a 14-year-old girl told you she was writing a full-length novel you wouldn’t believe her.

You would probably think she is actually writing a short story that she considers a “novel.”

That is what a lot of people thought when I began writing my book, “Taking Chances.”

Writing has always been a pretty simple thing for me. It’s not always a smooth ride and there’s almost always a few bumps along the way, but I have some advice for anyone who wants to be a writer.

How to Deal with Stress

When it comes to writing, I do it for fun. I try not to stress out about writing too much, which makes it a lot more of a pleasurable experience for me. Sometimes writers can get something known as writer’s block, which can be difficult to overcome; however, it is possible to prevail if this does occur. Writer’s block is an absolutely terrible thing that stops you from writing. I actually get it quite often, and I am unable to write anything when it does happen. I can’t think of any ideas and I can’t get out the message I want to say. To overcome it I just try to wait it out or continue to try and think of ideas for new stories. If I’m stuck on one story, I’ll try to think of something else to get my mind off of it. Sometimes I think about other stories, and maybe a new story will arise from the writer’s block.

Anyone Can Be A Writer

I think anyone who has a good idea for a story can write it down. That’s the easy part; it’s getting all your message out that becomes difficult. When I try to think of ideas to write, I think about what kind of book I would like to read. That’s how my ideas come to me. If you have a great idea for a story, write it down because I bet someone else would love to read it.

How my Writing Process Works

When I think of a concept for a story, I sit down and write out all of the ideas I have. Sometimes, I’ll already know what I want the ending to be before I even start writing the beginning of the book. I think of every view I have in my mind and make sure I write it down so I can remember it for later. Then, I create an outline of what could fit in between the schemes I already have. Once I have most of my ideas down, I can begin writing and everything flows together. Other times, I just start writing naturally and the story writes itself. I’ll start with a simple idea, and then I’ll just sit down and write. Sometimes I find I am actually “reading” the story as I write it. It’s like I’m reading a new book, but actually I’m writing one."