I’ve always had a ‘soundtrack’ for my books – one of my earlier ones (not M&B), when it came out in Germany, actually had ‘with music by Vivaldi and Bon Jovi’ in the blurb! (Especially for my fellow Modern Heat author Kimberly Lang: the song in question was ‘Bed of Roses’.)
Because music's so important to me, I usually end up with a playlist while I'm working. My newest UK release, Falling for the Playboy Millionaire, definitely needed a soundtrack as… OK, I’d better admit it. I love watching Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday nights – and that inspired me to put something in the book to lighten it up and balance the tearjerker bits.
The Modern Heat duo I’m currently writing also needed a soundtrack. As it’s set in France (and the heroine of Book One plays the piano), I ended up playing quite a lot of French piano music for inspiration. Some of it, I can play myself (albeit extremely simplified). And two of my favourite pieces are here, if you’re in the mood for chilling out a bit:
Debussy’s Claire de Lune (and yes, I know everyone’s calling it Edward’s Theme in Twilight – haven’t caught the film myself yet, but the music’s lovely)
And Satie’s Gymnopédie #1, simply because it’s so pretty.
I’m having a bit of a Def Leppard fest at the moment (as you might have noticed in my last post – Xavier, the hero of Book One, turned out to be a dark-haired version of Joe Elliott as he was back in 1995). I stand by the song I mentioned last time (because it’s appropriate), but there are others that found their way into the book… including the Lepps’ version of ‘Waterloo Sunset’. Check it out and see what you think.
(I love this version. My guitar teacher loathes it, but he helped me work out a version I could strum to. And I’m listening to Nirvana right now because it’s just struck me that the hero of Book Two is like a cleaner-cut version of Kurt Cobain in the Unplugged sessions…)
And finally, the song for the Black Moment – Eva Cassidy’s version of ‘Time After Time’. This song always makes me cry - and the lyrics are very appropriate for the story.
(But as my heroine plays it on the piano - here's a piano-only version, again from YouTube - beautifully played.)
So what are you listening to at the moment?
In the UK, you might be able to find a copy of Kate’s new book on the shelves (or, if not, it’ll be on the Mills & Boon website). Falling for the Playboy Millionaire is part of the Penhally Bay series - and hopefully it’ll make you want to dance as well as make you cry! Temporary Boss, Permanent Mistress is next up in Australia and the US – and RT gave Kate 4.5 stars for it... You can find out more about these books, and Kate, on her website (http://www.katehardy.com/) and her blog (http://katehardy.blogspot.com/)