Writing experiences

Music be the food of…?

I noticed that many authors are compiling play lists that they think enhance or add something to their books, or might even accompany reading (try it via your iPads or Kindle Fires etc., so I’m told). So I thought I’d do the same. It has also helped me to let go of having written such a large volume in relatively little time!! It is hard to say goodbye to characters you’ve spent so many hours with, but also exhilarating to have given them the send-off they deserve. My music choices for you here are mostly tracks I did indeed listen to while writing. Others are chosen for their obvious significance to characters or themes in my books. Others just fit damn well with certain scenes.

BENEATH THE VEIL’S SUGGESTED PLAYLIST: CLICK HERE

For Beneath the Veil, it was hard to get the tone right. We start off with a woman who finds out her only living relative is dead. We move to more sinister scenes quite quickly and yet still, come back to the romance at the heart of this web of secrets and lies. I always particularly reference Hometown Glory to Eve. If she were alive today, she would be 30. It would be a song with particular resonance to her and I reckon it would be something she would want playing at her funeral. She is a home bird and delights in her surroundings. Clair de Lune signals sanctuary at the end of one very long chase… Never Let Me Go – Chapter 40 (cough, cough). Adagio for Strings would be for the high-octane motorcycle chase in the latter part of the book, while Take A Bow very much reminds me of Ryken’s action sequence in Chapter 48. Mozart: for a particularly sinister encounter in an office. I imagine Seraph watching the love of her life go into battle and Chicane’s Saltwater in the background, mirroring the bittersweet romance of him risking his life for her.

BENEATH THE BETRAYAL’S SUGGESTED PLAYLIST: CLICK HERE 

Betrayal involved listening to a lot of one particular album… (it’s a secret!!) This book is a mash of painfully raw lovemaking alongside violence, death and deceit. I veer from the adrenalin-inducing, throw-yourself-about tunes of Evanescence to classical here. The Man Comes Around, for me, says everything about Nathaniel Hardy. Satie’s ditty reminds me of looking out onto a still, Parisian street early in the morning, while Muse and Evanescence serve to remind us that danger lurks and foes must be fought. Fauré, for me, is Camille’s. As she sinks into despair midway through the book, we are reminded she is a delicate, artistic creature with a sideline in more dangerous deeds. She’s someone bred from people who sought similar adventure and yet she is not always at one with herself. She and Seraph are very similar in this manner; in being made ferocious by the world in which they live, but sensitive and loyal creatures at heart.

Beneath the Exile, I can’t talk about right now… just read it and weep. 🙂 The play list for that will follow very soon, but it will be gigantic, just like the book he-he.

N.B. these lists are subject to additions and amendments. That is the nature of a writer…

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