Wednesday, March 28, 2018


Linda J. White writes FBI thrillers from her home in rural Virginia. Her husband, Larry, was a video producer/director at the FBI Academy for over 27 years. Mother of three grown children, Linda is also a national-award winning journalist and a women’s ministry speaker. When she’s not writing, she can be found playing with Keira, her Sheltie, reading a book, or dreaming of the beach.

Twitter: @rytn4hm

Play Me a Song!

One of the first things I discovered when I began writing fiction over twenty years ago was the power of music to unleash my creativity. In those days, I’d send my husband off to work, put the kids on the school bus, grab my Walkman (that dates me!) and listen to music as I took our two golden retrievers for a walk. By the time I got back to the house, my head was buzzing with ideas.

The album that inspired me for that first novel was Jeffrey Benward’s “Set It Into Motion.” I used Third Day music when I wrote Jake Tucker scenes (“Bloody Point” and “Battered Justice”), and Casting Crowns and Mercy Me are setting the tone for the book I’m currently working on.
Scientists have documented the fact that music stimulates creativity, enhances mood, and for some, actually increases the ability to focus. Music therapists are learning how to use music to counteract depression, defeat anxiety, and improve the quality of life for many.
Music helps me enter my story world. It sets my mood, helping me to feel what my characters are feeling. That’s important if I want my readers to feel, too!
How about you? Do you use music to help you work?
Leave a comment, along with your contact information, for a chance to win a signed paperback copy of Linda’s very first novel, BLOODY POINT!

Looking for some peace in her life, FBI Special Agent Cassidy McKenna leaves the Bureau, retreats to a sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay, and struggles with the recent death of her husband and her shaken faith in God. When her former partner, Jake, is assaulted and nearly killed and then her marina is torched, Cass knows she must find out why. She believes the crimes are connected and unofficially investigates, not knowing that she is both the hunter and the hunted. She must connect the evidence, help Jake deal with his brain injury, and find the perpetrator before she becomes the next victim.


  1. I love to use music to distract me when I have to do chores around the house that I don't like. Right now I am listening to a lot of Mercy Me.

  2. I don't usually have music playing while I work. I have had ear surgery & am pretty sensitive to sound. I can listen to it for a little while, but then I need quiet.

  3. I love listening to music while I do housework. Thanks for the giveaway; the books sound awesome.

  4. I listen to music when working around the house. I too listen to a lot of Third Day. carola245(at)hotmail (dot)com

  5. I usually listen to classical music when I'm writing, but lately I've been listening to the Hillsong Shout to the Lord CD.

  6. When I was the cataloger I often listened to music. My choices varied at different times. I loved the soundtracks of Cats and Phantom of the Opera and Abba was another favorite. Linda, I like your choice of Casting Crowns and Mercy Me. Two of my current favorite groups!

  7. I love listening to my Christian music! That's all we listen to here. I have it on all day!

  8. I listen to my iPod when I’m walking or riding my stationary bike. If a song I especially love comes on at the end of my exercise I might just go a little longer!
    I’d love to read your first novel! I might even listen to the music that inspired you.