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Writing Music

I guess I'm on a music kick this week! Today is all about writing music. I wanted to share some of my favorite soundtracks for writing and get some soundtrack suggestions from you! 

While writing It Took a War I listened to the Gettysburg soundtrack and made separate playlists on youtube for different emotions such as calm/sad (Men of Honor, Reunion and Final), suspense/battle (Armistead is Hit, Battle of Little Round Top), and patriotic (Fife and Drum, Main Title). Gahhh this soundtrack is amazing!! Also, the movie is SO GOOD.

Favorite Civil War Songs (V.1)

I have to laugh at myself when I think of the music on my ipod...Civil War music, Irish, Newsies, and even some German resistance songs. Totally normal, right?! =) I have a weakness for Civil War music. There's just SO MANY SONGS AND I WANT THEM ALL! Another weakness? I love Confederate songs. Even though I'm a Union reenactor and from NY, those southerners know how to create some epic songs. The hard part is finding a singer on iTunes who can do the song justice. They're usually old men with...ahem...pretty bad voices, opera singers (whhhaaat?) or both...at the same time. Horrible. So after searching and searching and listening and listening, here are a collection of my all time favorites. I could go on and on so maybe I should make this a series so you're not too overwhelmed with Civil War songs at one time!

Jim Taylor is easily my favorite Civil War singer. I really wish he had more Civil War albums.

 And this one...

Research Process

 When writing historical fiction, it can be overwhelming with the never ending wealth of information to sort through and apply to your story. I don’t claim to be an expert on researching, but I’ll share what’s helped me and hopefully it will help any of you historical fiction authors out there!

Let’s start at the beginning.

After I pick a time period to write about, I start reading fiction and non-fiction books about it. I get books from the library, but I also love buying used books on Amazon so I can highlight in them. I organized my writing bookshelf so that all my Civil War books were together and easy to access while writing.

IT TOOK A WAR Audiobook Trailer

Good morning! I have some really exiting news today. The audiobook of It Took a War is now available for purchase on:

It's such a strange and awesome feeling to see my book on iTunes! Like, WHAT?! =) I created a trailer so ya'll (oooh, Emily Chapman's southerness is rubbing off on me) could get a taste of the audiobook. So grab yourself a cup of coffee, and let me know what you think! The narrating and audiobook production credit go to Guyon Brandt.

And if you'd like to help spread the word about the audiobook, I would appreciate it SO MUCH. Just fill out the form below! Thanks in advance, you awesome people!!

Have a wonderful Saturday full of donuts and Newsie dance parties. It's the way to live.

The Readers Of IT TOOK A WAR

One of the coolest things about being an author is seeing pictures of people with my book. It's so surreal, and awesome, and really the greatest thing ever. So, I asked readers to send in pictures of themselves with my book. Here are some of the readers of It Took a War. I'd like to do another post like this soon and if you'd like to be included, send me a picture! I'd absolutely love to see it!! (authoremilyannputzke(AT)gmail(DOT)com)

 Emily Chapman of Entirely Bonkers. She was a HUGE help in the editing process! 

These Are a Few of My Favorite Blogs

Hannah Mary recently did a post of her favorite blogs. I was like, "Hey! I should totally do this and give a shout out to my favorite blogs!" So that's what I'm doing today. It was hard to narrow it down to a manageable number, so to read more of my favorite blogs, check out the sidebar. 

This is my older sister's blog and she writes about her 4 beautiful children. Her posts are sure to put a smile to your face. And make you laugh. She's one of my favorite bloggers EVER.  =)

This blog is written by my friend, Emily Chapman. She's an extremely talented writer (and editor) and we're publishing Ain't We Got Fun together this summer, if you didn't hear the news! OH YEAH!!!