Tracy Banghart

Tracy Banghart's books on Goodreads

Rebel Wing Rebel Wing (Rebel Wing #1)
reviews: 118
ratings: 199 (avg rating 4.18)

By Blood By Blood (By Blood, #1)
reviews: 50
ratings: 88 (avg rating 3.97)

Moon Child Moon Child (Prequel to By Blood)
reviews: 27
ratings: 49 (avg rating 3.86)

Storm Fall Storm Fall (Rebel Wing, #2)
reviews: 27
ratings: 41 (avg rating 4.22)

What the Sea Wants What the Sea Wants
reviews: 5
ratings: 20 (avg rating 3.10)

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Email Format

This form does not yet contain any fields.
    agent agent news Ali Cross Alloy Entertainment allthefeelings Amazon American Idol announcement Apple audiobook Autumn Kalquist awesomeness Awkward Picture Day baby book meme bad poetry bbook deal BBY BLOOD BETA ONE Beth Revis Big news Blogger love BLOOD CROWN book blitz book deal book news Book Recommendations BY BLOOD Carrie Ryan Ccover love ccover reveal Center Stage Christine Fonseca chunka chunka Cindy Pon Corrine Jackson cover love cover reveal critique partners Critters cupcakes Cutlass Cynthia Voigt David Pandolfe Defector deployment dystopian Finn Finnegan Flash Fiction Friday free! give giveaway Gretchen McNeil guest post Halloween IF I LIE Impostor Indie Books IRDA Italy Jennifer Walkup Jessica Spotswood JULIET IMMORTAL Jump When Ready Kody Keplinger koko LADY LOST Laurie J. Edwards Leap Year Lee Strauss Legacy Code Linda Epstein Mae I Design MAJOR HOTSAUCE map military Moon Child music networking Never Been Kissed new release new year newsletter Ollie Oxford paperback picture books Quiet Kids Rachel Hamm Rachel Marks RaShelle Workman Ratgirl READY. SET. WRITE! Rebel Wing Regina Wamba rejection relaunch resolutions revising Robin McKinley SCBWI scifi Scotland scrabble Second Verse secrets self-publishing SFWC shari arnold SHATTERED VEIL Smash starred review Stasia Ward Kehoe Stephanie Perkins Steve Jobs Storm Fall Storm Warning street team surprises Susan Kaye Quinn Susanne Winnacker Tangled Promise teaser teaser tuesday thank you THE KIDS The 100 The Bookanistas the bug The Girl Guide The Indelibles The Informer The Iron Flowers THE KIDS The Other Life The Sorcery Code Third Daughter titles To Find You Torn Sky Travel TThe Bookanistas Vanessa Garden wedding What's Up Wednesday winners winning writing wwriting Xpresso Book Tours

    Entries in To Find You (2)


    I'd Like My Brain Back, Please

    So today I was going to be productive. I had a list! I was going to critique, revise, shower…

    ...And aside from showering, I’ve done NOTHING.

    Nothing, that is, beyond obsess about my WIP’s title. Since I began writing the novel I’ve had a working title that I felt pretty comfortable with. It really encompassed the overarching theme of the book, was “active”…in other words, it seemed to fit.


    Isn’t there always a but?

    But it just didn’t go with the vibe of the story. Or the genre. The story is a YA scifi/fantasy, and the title…more weepy contemporary. Or, possibly, romance novel. Worse, though appropriate, it was also kind of boring.

    So, after a chat with Agent Extraordinaire today, I decided I’d try to come up with some alternatives. Yes, I thought about it that casually.


    Trying to come up with a new title is no casual endeavor. It has, in fact, completely taken over my brain. COMPLETELY. I have done nothing today but try to distill the major themes of my WIP into a one- to six-word conglomerate of awesomeness. Without success, I might add. Despite the patient brainstorming help of MAJOR HOTSAUCE and my lovely BETAS. (Truly, they are awesome. And awesomely patient with me.)

    It’s funny…with most of the novels I’ve written, the titles have come quite easily. With the first, I had the title before I wrote one word of text. With two other WIPs (that are STILL works in progress), I came up with great titles on the spot. But with two other projects (the current one and the previous one), titles were harder. And I’m not sure why.

    This one – this has been the worst of all. I don’t know if it’s because it’s my first scifi/fantasy, or my first book 1 in a trilogy (hopefully), or if it’s just that this book is about a lot MORE than the others. This book is about ideas and themes that are really, REALLY important to me. Does that add pressure to finding the perfect title? Or is it just that I’m over-thinking it, not letting the book give up its own name when it’s ready?

    I don’t know. But I do hope something breaks soon, because I’d really like to have my brain back. I’ve got stuff to do!

    How do you come up with titles? Is it an easy process, or a soul-sucking, brain-crushing one? 


    Writing Music

    I know a lot of writers who post their writing soundtracks for certain novels – I think it’s so interesting to see what people are listening to, what kind of music gets them in the writing mood.

    For me, I have a process that seems to work really well in creating the perfect “soundtrack” for each novel.

    For every manuscript I’ve worked on, I’ve first created a massive playlist that I listen to during initial drafting. I choose albums with the right vibe, message, or esthetic for the time period and characters I know I’ll be writing about. My first novel, about small town plagued by a serial killer who may or may not be a vampire, had a playlist full of low-key, soulful (some of it eery) music, like Neko Case, Duffy, and Vampire Weekend. The second novel, about a girl who spends the summer in Oxford, had some Brit pop mixed in – Robbie Williams, the Beatles. The manuscript I’m working on now is a fantasy/scifi, and as such has a lot more instrumental stuff.

    As I write, when specific songs start standing out each time they play, I add them to a smaller WIP “soundtrack”. And that’s what I listen to during revisions.

    And not just during revisions. I listen to it in the shower, in the car, when I’m sending emails. For the length of time it takes me to revise, I listen to the same 2+ hours of music over and over again. The benefit? I associate the music so closely with the WIP that the songs immediately take me into the world of the story. So when I’m driving or in the shower, I’m thinking about my characters, their motivations, places where I need to polish, clarify, rework. 

    The current WIP’s soundtrack is particularly fun, I’ve found…it’s a mixture of cool instrumental music that I imagine playing as the soundtrack of the “movie”…and songs with words that evoke certain emotions (longing being the primary one – says something about the nature of the story, I guess) and help me sink into my characters’ heads and hearts.

    Here are a few of my favorite songs on the “To Find You” soundtrack:

    Steaming – Sarah McLachlan
    Prophecy – Harem
    Run for It – Delerium + Leigh Nash
    I’m on Fire – Bruce Springsteen
    Fake Empire – The National
    Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
    Hands All Over – Maroon 5
    Passione – Nicos
    I’ll Be Your Lover, Too – Van Morrison
    Love the Way You Lie – Eminem feat. Rihanna
    In the Shadow of Life – Niyaz
    Halo – Beyonce
    Climb On (A Back That’s Strong) – Shawn Colvin
    Call and Answer – Barenaked Ladies
    I Run – Rosie Thomas

    How do YOU pick the music for your novel soundtracks? Do you have a system that you stick with every time? Or do you find music distracting to the creative process?