Krista Sandor is the author of The Road Home, the first stand-alone book in the Langley Park series which readers have dubbed “heart-tugging” and containing “palpable love and pain.” Nearly a jack-of-all-trades, Krista has worked as an aerobics instructor, an elementary school teacher, and even a swimsuit calendar model. When she’s not writing in local coffee shops, you can find her enjoying the outdoors in her adopted hometown of Denver, Colorado.
My Writing Process
I find many of my ideas come when I’m in the middle of a long run. I’ve been known to pull out my phone and begin typing notes as I’m jogging along the trail. As you can imagine, this can lead to running into objects (hello, giant tree) or crashing into other runners (sorry about that).
I’ve been writing stories to go along with different pieces of music for as long as I can remember. As someone who relishes time alone, much of that time is spent listening to all kinds of music from rap to pop to classical and creating stories in my head that parallel the feelings and emotions expressed in the songs.
Music plays a critical role in setting the tone for different scenes and also for character development. Romantic instrumental pieces by Helen Jane Long, George Winston, Ludovico Einaudi, and Lindsey Sterling all transport me to my fictional town of Langley Park. I also feel it’s important for each couple to have a theme song. This song speaks to the journey of the characters. In Book 1, The Road Home, Ben and Jenna’s song is Redeemer by Paul Cardall. It’s a deeply touching piece illustrating the couple's journey from living with near-debilitating guilt and shame to finding happiness, love, and acceptance.
Nine Inch Nails, The Chemical Brothers, and The Prodigy influence the darker scenes in my stories. I was introduced to this kind of music in my 20’s during my time in Miami, Florida. These musicians tend to focus on electronic and industrial sounds layered with complex elements containing a beat that can keep me dancing or writing for hours. A sister to electronica, the genre of techno comes into play when I’m writing both sexy and suspenseful scenes.
So, if you ever happen to pass me on the trail or see me writing while sipping on an extra-hot coconut chai latte, there’s a good chance my mind’s in Langley Park, jamming out to some wicked beat or ruminating on a dreamy instrumental piece.