Blog Tour: Legacy of the Mind by H.R. Moore (Guest Post)

Legacy of the Mind by H.R. Moore
Release date: January 2nd, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, romance, young adult
Publisher: Harriet Moore
Formats: Paperback, eBook

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Anita has never been ordinary, she’s stuck out like a sore thumb her entire life; not only can she see the energy of others, a rare skill, but she’s won every Body challenge she’s ever entered. So when the powerful, good looking Descendants, Marcus and Alexander, mysteriously arrive in Empire, her difference attracts and keeps their attention.

Once in Empire, the sudden death of ruling Body Descendant, Christiana, sets in motion a number of events; a quest for the treacherous Austin to find the girl Christiana had been looking for; a challenge where Anita stands out more vibrantly than ever before; a perilous dip in the world’s energy; and a dangerous belief among the people that they will never truly be free. Powerful factions soon form within the ruling elite and when a trusted friend and mentor reaches out to ask for Anita’s help, she has to make a choice; help her friend and betray the one she loves, or do nothing and watch the people starve.

Guest Post:

When I first started to write The Legacy trilogy, I was on a work secondment for three months in New York and had a lot of time on my hands.  So, in addition to writing, I listened to a lot of music, which really helped keep me in the right frame of mind as well as providing inspiration.

I watched the Twilight saga near the start of my writing journey, and this has a beautiful, romantic soundtrack.  I particularly listened to “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri, “Northern Lights” by Cider Sky and “Turning Page” by Sleeping at Last.  I loved this last one so much that I ended up listening to all their songs on Spotify over and over again.  I found Sleeping at Last’s music perfect to have on in the background as it’s really chilled out, so it was great for when I was writing.

I also listened to songs like “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer, “Sweet Disposition” by The Temper Trap, and “Viva la Vida” by Coldplay.  There’s something so intriguing about Viva la Vida.  It transports me to some ancient religious civilisation every time I hear it, which is great for the imagination, not to mention that the opening is so exciting and full of anticipation.

It’s amazing how a song can completely change how you feel when you’re writing, which also really effects what you write.  I find music particularly helpful for romantic scenes, as romantic songs often convey extreme feelings.  This helps immerse me in the emotions of the characters and makes it easier to put myself in their shoes.

Here’s the full soundtrack from when I was writing Legacy of the Mind:

https://open.spotify.com/user/harrietrawlings/playlist/0f57XZCbzBQdDKRitBUId4  

When I finished Legacy of the Mind, I kept hearing songs which reminded me of things that happen in the story, or my characters, or just made me think of the world, so I started a Legacy of the Mind soundtrack, which you can listen to here:

Happy listening! 🙂


About the Author:

Harriet was born in Germany in 1987, the family returning to the UK, to Dorset shortly afterwards. She loved maths in the early years, but by the time she got to A Level, Sociology was her favourite subject, opening her eyes to things she’d never before considered, namely, nobody is really right, nobody is really normal and primary socialisation has a lot to answer for.

After finishing her A Levels, Harriet went to university in St Andrews, studying Philosophy for two years, then switching to Management. She was particularly interested in the ‘people’ elements of her course and especially the areas concerning how people create and react to change. After four very civilised years by the sea, she ventured to London, to foray into the strange world of insurance (surprisingly, more interesting than you might think), where she currently works as a Project Manager.

Harriet has recently moved to Hertfordshire with her husband Chris and baby Atia. When she isn’t doing DIY, writing, editing, eating, taking photos, or imagining how much better life would be with the addition of a springer spaniel, she occasionally finds the time to make hats.

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