Lex Valentine’s Book Soundtrack
When you go to a publisher’s chat and the hostess asks questions, do you read all the replies? The last few chats I’ve been to the hostesses posed the question, “Do you need silence to write? Or do you put on mood music?” If you’ve ever seen my reply to that question, you’ll know that I can do either. What a lot of people don’t know is that even when I don’t have music on, I have music on. Every story I write has its own song. You can call it a theme song if you want. I just hear it in my head over and over as I write. The song becomes inextricably bound to the story for me. So I thought you might like to know the soundtrack to my work.
Some of the songs that bound themselves to my books in my head were used when I made the trailer. This happened with all of the Tales books to date. Shifting Winds is The Calling’s "Wherever You Will Go." Hot Water is Liz Phair’s "White Hot Cum." Fire Season is Evanescence’s "Forgive Me" and Breaking Benjamin’s "Without You" is Ride the Lightning. It also happened with the trailer for The Phoenix Prophecy. That trailer is actually for all three books in the series and I only wrote the last book. The song? "Afterglow" by INXS. The Wise Guy was Motley Crue’s "Kiss the Sky". Runaways was Dan Wilson’s "Breathless." Mating, The Calling’s "Anything."
I don’t always create a trailer for my stories, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a song. For my July release Common Ground, I heard the Backstreet Boys’ "Helpless When She Smiles." When I wrote Rousing Caine for MLR Press, Jet’s "Shine On" played relentlessly in my head.
Some of the WIPs I’m working on currently already have their songs in place in my head. The latest Tales book that I’m writing, Sunstroked, seems to be Godsmack’s "Love-Hate-Sex-Pain." My sci fi rom takes it title from the song I hear when I write it, Rob Thomas’s "Ever the Same." My next novel for MLR, Primal Urges is a Tool song, "Sober."
Quite the line up isn’t it? Maybe I should put together a soundtrack on my website of all the songs that bonded to a book in my head. It certainly might give the reader a sense of the story that they never expected!